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Glendale Public Library, Special Collections

222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205

Contact: , Local History Librarian
Phone: 818-548-2037
Fax: 818-507-6327

Institution Type: Library, Municipal-City

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Twitter: @myglendaleLAC

Archives and Collections

Special Collections at the Glendale Central Library contains books about the City of Glendale and its history, clippings from newspapers published in the Glendale area, historical photographs, and ephemera related to community events. Materials about neighboring cities and California as they pertain to Glendale and books by local authors are also part of the collection. In addition to scrapbooks assembled by local organizations and individuals, the archival holdings include the personal papers of Carroll “Mr. Glendale” Parcher (1903–1992), who was at various times the editor of the Glendale News-Press, a member of the city council, and the city’s mayor; and the papers of Dora Verdugo (1882–1984), who was the great-granddaughter of Jose Verdugo, the original recipient in 1784 of the Spanish land grant for the property on which the City of Glendale is located.

Regions Covered: City of Glendale and adjacent areas (Montrose, La Crescenta, and parts of LA)

Type of Materials: Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Maps, Memorabilia, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Oral Histories, Photographs, Postcards, Serials, Slides, Unprocessed/Unknown, Yearbooks

Time Periods: 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English

Sectors of the Population: Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, Education, Politics/Government, Armenian Descent


Catalog System: Books are cataloged using Dewey and appear in library catalog--full MARC format.
Online Catalog:
Digital Formats: Some digital materials are available online. More information is available on the Library's Special Collections page (
Repository/Depository: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Not at all
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Conferences/Conventions, Directories, Internet, Library Events, Newspapers, Online Catalog, Word of Mouth