Collection Highlights

  • The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (LBRDA) Collection includes approximately 23,700 35mm slides as well as many photographic prints, negatives, digital files, oversized aerial photographs, maps, AV materials, and documents. These items show neighborhoods both before and after the completion of LBRDA projects. The LBRDA was formed in 1961 and dissolved by state law in 2012. Click here for a more complete list of holdings. Click here for a more complete list of holdings.
    Long Beach Historical Books
  • Long Beach histories such as those written by Walter Case (1927, 1935, 1942 and 1948 editions); Fortune’s Harbor by Larry Meyer and Pat Kalayjian, 1983; The Golden Shore by Richard DeAtley, 1988; and The City and its People by Bill Hillburg, 2000.
  • City Manager Files spanning the years from 1922 until 1952 illustrate the municipal government’s involvement in developments during those years including some of the most important events to impact Long Beach: the 1933 earthquake, discovery of oil and World War II.
  • Cultural Resource Surveys of some of Long Beach’s first established historic districts.
  • Polk City Directories 1899 to 1969 similar to telephone books with listings by address, alphabetical listings, and business categories.
  • Balboa Studios scrapbook from the City’s pioneering movie studio, with materials not available in any other collection.
  • Ledgers and scrapbooks from local families and organizations unique to the HSLB collection.
  • Maps beginning with the earliest local subdivisions to those based on satellite photos taken in the 1990s.
  • Yearbooks from many Long Beach high schools and colleges.
  • Architectural drawings of some of the area’s suburban developers such as Poper, Roberts, Jones, Power, and Lockett.
  • North Long Beach Archive including oral history interviews, ephemera, artifacts, photos and digitized copies of all of the existing issues of that neighborhood’s newspaper, the Long Beach Argus.
  • Cambodian Community History and Archive Project’s collection is now available by appointment.  Call 562.424.2220 and visit
  • Historical Newspaper Collection — In July 2011, after six months of negotiations and years of discussion, the Press-Telegram’s collection of bound newspaper volumes was deposited with the Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) for proper archival, long-term storage and public access. This 1,400 volume collection represents one of the richest sources of local, historical materials.  It is currently undergoing archival stabilization, and will be made available February, 2012.
  • LGBT History Project
  • For more details, see our Collections page.