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

Pacific Palisades Historical Society

550 Latimer Rd.
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Contact: Randy Young, Curator
Phone: 310-454-5037
Fax: 310-454-3048

Institution Type: Archive, Community Service Organization, Historical Society

Archives and Collections

The collections of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society deal with the history of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica; the Chautauqua movement; the Methodist community from 1921 to 1943; the Uplifters Club from 1921 to 1945; the Westside community of German émigrés from 1934 to 1943; Will Rogers; J. Paul Getty and the Parker Ranch; the film industry; beach culture; the now-nonexistent Bernheimer Gardens; and architecture, especially the Case Study houses and the buildings in the Craftsman and the International architectural styles in the area. The society's holdings on the Chautauqua center that existed in Pacific Palisades from 1922 to 1936 are extensive and particularly interesting because the center's activities reveal the concerns at the heart of intellectual, social, and religious life in the Los Angeles region during those years.

Regions Covered: Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, Santa Monica Mountains

Type of Materials: Books, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Photographs

Time Periods: 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963

Languages: English, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Education, Politics/Government, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Native American Descent/Indigenous


Catalog System: Cataloged records are arranged in a system based on the San Diego Historical Society. Uncataloged records are filed by broad categories.
Digital Formats: Photo Archive is on Kodak compact disk 85%Books we have produced 100%Digital Video Tape of Interviews 100%
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Outreach: Newsletter, Newspapers