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The County of Los Angeles Public Library's Californiana Collection

Accessing the Collection

The Californiana Collection is in closed stacks at the Norwalk Library located at 12350 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650. 

If you need assistance accessing the collection, contact Reference Services staff:

About the Collection

The Californiana Collection consists of over 24,000 books and over 200 magazine and newspaper titles in paper and on microfilm as well as a collection of state documents including state and county budgets. The goal of this collection is to present a complete picture of the history, culture, environment and artistic expression of the people of California and to some extent, the western United States.

Collection Highlights

  • California Census Schedules from 1850 to 1910
  • Copies of The Alta California newspaper 1849-1891, as well as dozens of other 19th century newspapers from Gold Rush boomtowns, the Owens Valley and San Francisco
  • The Los Angeles Star newspaper 1851-1879
  • City directories dating from the 19th century
  • Official city and county histories from the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Materials on the Donner Party, California water projects, famous California crimes, Hollywood culture, biographies of Californians, pioneer narratives of the early days of California, and histories of the state written over the course of 150 years