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    Imagine Santa Monica
    The Library’s digital collections include the Image Archives of the Santa Monica Bay area, a collection of photographs and postcards dating from 1875 to the present; historical maps of the Santa Monica area; the years 1875 to 1929 of the Santa Monica Evening Outlook; the Santa Monica Newspaper Index, a selective index to newspaper and magazine articles of local interest dating throughout the Twentieth Century and up to the present.

    Library History
    The history of the Main Library and the four branches: Ocean Park, Fairview, Montana Avenue and Pico Branch.

    Local History Blog 
    The Local History Blog brings Santa Monica History to life through information and digitized images of photographs, newspaper articles and documents.

    Marcus O. Tucker Collection
    The achievements of Marcus O. Tucker are highlighted with a collection of biographical resources.

    Santa Monica Collection Room
    Special collection containing books and documents on the history of Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles areas.

    Santa Monica History Museum 
    Located on the Main Library campus at 1350 7th Street, the Museum showcases the unique history and qualities of the City. Since 1975, the Museum has collected and preserved the history, art and culture of the Santa Monica Bay Area.  Many of the Museum's historical photographs can be viewed online.

    Stanton Macdonald-Wright Mural
    The new Main Library is graced by a cycle of murals created by artist Stanton Macdonald-Wright in 1935 for the former Main Library located at 503 Santa Monica Blvd.




    Share Santa Monica is designed to foster an online community of local history enthusiasts.
    • Explore Santa Monica's history.
    • Share photographs, movies, and more.
    FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. They preserve and share the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. Setting up an account is free. It includes many older Santa Monica City Directories.

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