Local History Collection
Our Californiana collection, located at the Prunedale Branch, consists of books and other items on the history of Monterey County and California.
Titles can be searched on the
MCFL Online Catalog.
Historical Photograph Collection
Historical photographs of Monterey County and central coast places, pamphlets, papers and maps are located at the Library Administrative Office in Marina.
Some photographs have been
digitally reproduced and are available
To view these images and additional materials in person, call
(831) 883-7512 to make an appointment.
Digital copies without
watermarks are available for a usage fee: $20 per image
(personal/nonprofit use), $35 per image (commercial use). For
information about ordering digital copies, call (831) 883-7512.
Other Monterey County Local History Resources:
Monterey County Local History Directory of
Archives and Resources A descriptive list of local archives.
Recommended Websites with Monterey County Local History
Search these resources by local place name, name of a person,
etc. For example search for "Monterey county ca". You will be
delighted to see the extensive collections on Monterey County that
are available to you online, many for free. Need assistance
searching these resources? Please contact
our reference librarians for basic help.
Local History Donations to Monterey County Free Libraries:
We are happy to consider donations to our, Monterey County
focused, local history archive for preservation and sharing. We
can also help direct you to other local historical archives.
Please contact us at 831 883-7512 for more information.
funded by the
California State Library:
topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that
support the research and study needs of scholars and students at
the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound
cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from
Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history.
New York Times
daily edition and archives going back to 1851.
For library access register with your
For home access follow
instruction to redeem your code for 24 hours.
To browse New York Times Archives:
you are in the New York Times online version (desktop):
the Menu symbol (three horizontal lines) in the upper left
on “More” at the bottom of the list
on “Tools and Services”
to the bottom of “Tools and Services” to select “TimesMachine”
“View in TimesMachine” at the bottom or “See Full Index” on
the lower left side for accessing the Search capabilities.
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