About the Collection and Research Library

 

The Homestead Museum's collection focuses on objects dating from 1830 to 1930 with strengths in the history of greater Los Angeles and the museum's historic houses and cemetery, along with other artifacts pertaining to regional, state, and national history.

 

Main Collecting Areas

•  Architecture, including interior decoration and decorative arts
•  Economics, including ranching and farming, the oil industry, viticulture and
    winemaking, and real estate development
•  Household management, including party and event planning, etiquette, 
    cooking and serving, and household cleaning and maintenance
•  Leisure, including sports, music, film, tourism, and outdoor activities

 

Other Areas of Interest

•  Race and ethnicity
•  Politics
•  Education
•  Fashion

 

Strengths of the Collection

•  Photographs, including stereoscopic photographs, cabinet cards, and snapshots of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and the San Gabriel Valley

•  Documents pertaining to such subjects as real estate, architecture, the oil industry, viticulture and wine-making, and tourism

•  Documents and reports from Los Angeles County, California, and United States governments, including selected volumes of California statutes, reports of the state Supreme Court, and state reports on agriculture, mining, and other topics

•  Maps, especially of the Los Angeles area, California, and the western United States

•  Books from 1930 and before concerning the history of California, the Los Angeles area, and the American West

 

Research Library

In addition to historic books in our collection (pre-1930), we also have a focused Research Library containing around 2,500 volumes with strengths in architecture, interior decoration and decorative arts, and local history, in addition to research files organized by "People," "Places," and "Subjects."

 

Schedule an Appointment

Appointments are required to view items from the collection or to use the Research Library, and can be made by contacting Museum Director Paul Spitzzeri at (626) 968-8492 or p.spitzzeri@homesteadmuseum.org.

 

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Image: Pamphlet, "California Resources and Possibilities," published by the California Development Board, San Francisco, 1919. From the Homestead Museum Collection.