Donate to the Collection

The majority of our historical collection has been donated by individuals. If you have photographs, maps, documents, advertising materials or artifacts representing Long Beach that you would like to see preserved for future generations, we welcome your donation.

If you belong to an organization in Long Beach that has collected documents and artifacts during its tenure, we would love to be the permanent repository for your files. Collections of the Civic Light Opera, Women’s Music Club, and Law Auxiliary for example are housed at the HSLB.

The benefit of donating your items to us is proper preservation.  Historical collections are stored in archival materials including acid-free boxes and folders. We maintain a climate-controlled environment to ensure the collection is not subject to great fluctuations in temperature or significant humidity.

We take our preservation responsibilities seriously and welcome the opportunity to add your items to our archive. We all wish to leave a legacy for the future, this is one of the easiest ways to leave your mark on history.