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Long Beach History

LBPL Digital Archive
Discover Long Beach City directories, high school yearbooks, and photos from the Long Beach History Collection, online.
Browse the collection or search by keyword. You can also search the LBPL Digital Archive in Encore.

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About the Long Beach History Collection at the Main Library
The Long Beach History Collection contains printed matter, photos, and artifacts that offer unique insight into Long Beach and the people who have lived here. Most original items are for use only in the library. To view materials, please bring a valid library card or driver's license.

Ordering Long Beach History Photos

The low-resolution images in the LBPL Digital Archive are for personal use only. Any reproduction, redistribution, publication, or other use, without prior written permission is prohibited. The exception to this rule is for students using images in classroom projects. Please include a link to the LBPL Digital Archive in your project.  To order a photo for non-commercial, personal use please
download and complete this form. For more information about ordering photos for media or for-profit uses, please contact the Long Beach History Librarian at lbpl_reference@lbpl.org.

Long Beach History Index
The Long Beach History Index is an index of Long Beach history-related citations. It is best searched by keyword. Full-text articles are not included in the database. Articles cited can be found in full-text format on microfilm at the Main Library, Periodicals Department or in the Online Databases below.

Obituaries and Biographical Information - Find out how to Search for an Obituary.

Research a Long Beach Address  - Find out how to Research a Long Beach Address.

Long Beach Newspapers in Online Databases 
Newsbank - Long Beach Press-Telegram (1990 - present). Includes features, obituaries, editorials, announcements and more.
Newspaper Archive - Research history, genealogy, and obituaries with full-page vintage Long Beach (1938 - 1977), national, and international newspapers. Some archives go back hundreds of years. In Library use only.
Newspapers by ProQuest - Los Angeles Times Historical (1881 - 1987) and Los Angeles Times Current (1985 - present).

Long Beach Newspapers, City Directories, and High School Yearbooks on Microfilm
Please visit the Periodicals Department of the Main Library for microfilm. For newspapers, search the Long Beach History Index above to locate the correct reel. Many city directories and yearbooks are also available online in the LBPL Digital Archive.
Daily Telegram - Dec. 26, 1904 - Mar. 6, 1923 (scattered holdings until 1905)
Evening Tribune - Dec. 1900 - Sep. 1, 1907 (scattered holdings until 1905)
Independent - Sep. 1 1938 - Mar. 31 1981
Long Beach Press - Jan. 22, 1901 - Sep. 9, 1924 (scattered holdings until 1905)
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Sep. 1, 1924 - present
Los Angeles Times - Dec. 4, 1881 - Dec. 31, 2010 (scattered holdings until 1900)
Some Long Beach high school yearbooks
Most Polk & City Directories


Policy for Donations of Historic Materials
The library accepts Long Beach history-related donations but reserves the right to utilize these gifts in any way that is advantageous to the library, including adding gifts to the collection, selling, disposing, or transferring gifts into or out of the collection. Newspapers and magazines cannot be accepted.
The library provides no appraisals and reserves the right to refuse any donated material.

Long Beach History Research Requests & Help
For questions about the Long Beach History Collection, email the Long Beach History Librarian at lbpl_reference@lbpl.org.


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