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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.
- Vanderlip Family Photos
- This collection includes materials donated to the Local History Center by Wendy DeView, daughter of John Vanderlip and granddaughter of Frank A. Vanderlip, the financier who purchased 16,000 acres of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1913. The photos and albums in this collection offer a glimpse of the Peninsula in general and the Vanderlip estate in particular during its earliest periods of development., Processed and digitized by Local History Center volunteer, Jeremy Berry-Cahn.
- Weber Photo Collection of the Neighborhood Church
- This collection includes photographs of the Neighborhood Church taken by Emerson "Al" Weber, author of Neighborhood Church A History:1925-1985. Images in the collection document the exterior and interior of the building, the former "Haggerty Mansion," noting many of its unique architectural features.
- 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.