Welcome to the Palos Verdes Library District Digital Repository!

This archive includes materials held in the Palos Verdes Library District Local History Room. Located in the Peninsula Center Library, the Local History Room makes available for research and personal study a variety of materials that reflect the heritage and unique history of the development of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Included in the collection are published histories, photographs, clipping files, pamphlets, oral histories, maps and records of area organizations.

As more of our content is digitized, we will be posting here in our digital repository.

The Marineland Collection includes postcards, guides and materials related to Marineland.
Palos Verdes Bulletin
The Palos Verdes Bulletin was a monthly newsletter which began publication in November 1924. It was produced by the Palos Verdes Homes Association and distributed freely to homeowners, lot owners, residents, and potential buyers of land which became Palos Verdes Estates. The Bulletin contained news on the activities of the Homes Association, the Art Jury, and the general progress of the Palos Verdes Project development. Information on new buildings, architecture standards, landscaping ideas, and amenities such as the golf course, the riding stables, and the swim club was accompanied by numerous photographs. The Bulletin also detailed the burgeoning social life of the residents as they sought to establish vital institutions such as a school system, a library, a woman’s club, an art gallery, and a church, in addition to strong friendships. From time to time, it also contained profiles of key Project personnel and community members including Myron Hunt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Charles Cheney, and Romayne Martin. The Bulletin in its original format was published monthly from November 1924 to October 1931, when it ceased publication due to financial conditions related to the Depression. It began again in October 1932, paid for by a few local advertisers and subscriptions. Reduced to four pages and without photographs, it still survived only until June 1933. In 1941 the Palos Verdes Peninsula Publishing Company was formed and the Bulletin reappeared as an expanded 20-page, bimonthly publication, filled with many features and advertising. Beginning optimistically on January 30, 1941 and paid for by local advertisers and subscriptions, editor Pierre Lamure was forced to discontinue the Bulletin with the March 13, 1942 issue, when the effects of a nation at war became insurmountable. As the only local publication of its kind, the original 8-page glossy Palos Verdes Bulletin of 1924-1931 provides a significant account of the transformation of a sparsely populated agricultural and ranching area into one of the nation’s first planned communities. The digitization of these issues was made possible in part by Grant #40-8615 of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The collection descriptions are by Local History Center volunteers, Marjeanne Blinn and Alex Dan. .
Palos Verdes College Photo Collection
The photographs in this collection document the Palos Verdes College, a private, two-year, co-ed, liberal arts college, once located off of Crest Road in the Rolling Hills area of Rancho Palos Verdes. The college opened in September 1947 under the direction of founding president, Dr. Richard P. Saunders, who came to Palos Verdes from New York University. The site of the school was a former Army Air Force base, composed of barrack-like buildings. The site was temporary pending the construction of a large permanent campus on a nearby parcel of land. Due to a lack of funding, a permanent campus was never constructed. The College ultimately closed in August 1955. Photographs include snapshots and publicity shots. Many photographs were taken by photographer Peter Gowland and architect Harwell Harris. The subjects in the images include buildings, campus scenes, student activities, dormitories and sports.
Save Our Coastline newsletters
The Save Our Coastline collection includes newsletters sent to residents of the Palos Verdes Peninsula informing them of building and development issues in the unincorporated areas of the Peninsula. Started by the Citizens' Emergency Committee to Save Our Coastline, the newsletters were part of a grassroots effort to preserve and protect the character of the area by controlling development along the coastline. The Save Our Coastline effort eventually led to the incorporation of the Peninsula's fourth and final city, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to ensure local control over the Peninsula's development.
Your Story is the Peninsula's Story Collection
Your Story is the Peninsula's Story (YSPS) collection is part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant (#40-8615) awarded to the Palos Verdes Library District's Local History Center to help preserve and make accessible the unique history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The images, texts and stories included in this collection are contributions by community members - both long time residents and newcomers alike - at scanning events held at the Library and with community partners. YSPS also includes the digitization of the first 30 years (1937-1967) of the Palos Verdes News, the longest running newspaper on the Peninsula. By engaging the community in telling its own story, the goal of the project is to build a true "community archive" that captures the breadth of the Peninsula community and its rich past for future generations.