LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

Beverly Hills Public Library Historical Collection

444 North Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact: Karen Buth, Archivist
Phone: 310.288.2285
Fax: 310.247.0536

Institution Type: Archive, Community Service Organization, Library, Municipal-City, Public Sector

Web site:

Notes: Gail Stein requested BHPL to be removed from the LAAS membership, 2016 April 13.

Archives and Collections

Our mission is to identify, collect, preserve, exhibit and make available to the public information that documents the history of the City of Beverly Hills. The time frame of our collection is from the 1840s to the present. Included in our collection are photographs, correspondence, newspapers, telephone directories, biographies, maps, posters, government and political documents, architectural plans, data on public works, texts and ephemera.

Key collections are: Pierce Edson Benedict, Surveyor Field Books (1920s - 1960), Greystone (Doheny Mansion), Beverly Hills City Directories (1926 - present), Wright MacMahon Secretarial School, Cartography: Maps & Plans, Beverly Hills High School Yearbooks, newspapers and other material relating to the City. The Beverly Hills Citizen is digitized from 1923 through 1958.

Regions Covered: Beverly Hills

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Maps, Memorabilia, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Photographs, Postcards, Press Clippings, Unprocessed/Unknown, Yearbooks

Time Periods: Pre-1848, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Community Service Organizations, Politics/Government, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Repository/Depository: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Exhibitions, Internet, Library Events, Newspapers, Word of Mouth