Riverside Public Library

Riverside Public Library

Local History Collections

The Library has been collecting Local History materials since the 1890s and has a very extensive local history holdings with original materials dating from the 1870s. The collection includes:

Viewing our collections is by appointment only, please call 951-826-5301 to make an appointment.

  • Topics: Resources on many aspects of Riverside County history, including: early history, Indians of Inland Southern California, Spanish and Mexican land grants, citrus and date industries, natural history and local wildlife, government, biography, and bibliography.
  • Over 5000 catalogued books and other printed resources. Be sure to search our catalog.
  • More than 600 historical maps
  • More than 4,000 historical photographs and postcards
  • A very large local history pamphlet and clipping collection
  • Special historical collections such as citrus labels, menus, postcards, music scores, high school and college annuals
  • Local government publications
  • Local periodicals and newspapers as well as periodicals of regional interest, including The Press-Enterprise, Inland Empire Magazine, Southern California Quarterly, Journal of the Riverside Historical Society, The Citrograph, and Desert Magazine.
  • City and County Directories dating from 1889 to 1969. Criss-Cross directories dating from 1971 to present. Telephone directories from 1911 to the present.
  • Finding aids to a variety of collections, including an index to Tom Patterson's "Out of the County's Past" column, indices to local newspapers, a special editions index, as well as indices to books and finding aids for archival and manuscript collections.

Viewing our collections is by appointment only, please call 951-826-5301 to make an appointment.

For more information, contact the Local History Specialist Ruth McCormick at [email protected]

Processed collections in the Riverside Public Library's Local History Archives

Click on the links below for further details about a particular collection, including finding aids.

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