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Pomona Public Library, Special Collections

625 South Garey Avenue, P.O. Box 2271
Pomona, CA 91769

Contact: Bruce Guter, Senior Librarian
Phone: 909-620-2026
Fax: 909-620-3713

Institution Type: Library

Web site:

Archives and Collections

Special Collections at the Pomona Public Library maintains extensive pamphlet files of clippings, photographs, brochures, and other ephemera related principally to Pomona Valley and especially to the City of Pomona. Also preserved in Special Collections are papers from businesses, organizations, churches, schools, families, and individuals from the City of Pomona and nearby areas; records of the Los Angeles County Fair; a scrapbook that contains newsletters from the World War II Japanese internment/relocation camp in Pomona; wine labels from wineries across the United States; and books on California history in general and Southern California and Pomona Valley in particular. Special Collections also encompasses a number of discrete collections. Among these are the Frasher Photo Collection, which consists of images of the American Southwest during the early twentieth century; the Citrus Industries Collection, which has unique manuscripts and printed records relating to approximately twenty-eight California citrus companies, along with more than four thousand different citrus crate labels; the Water Industries Collection, which includes manuscript records from seventeen private water companies of the Pomona Valley; the Padua Hills Theater Collection, which contains the bulk of the company’s archives; and the Postcard Collection, which comprises approximately thirty thousand picture postcards from all over the world.

Regions Covered: Pomona Valley (mostly)

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Manuscripts, Maps, Official Records, Photographs, Slides

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

Languages: English

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, Community Service Organizations, Education, Migrant Workers, Politics/Government, Professional, Youth, Multiethnic


Catalog System: Cataloged records are arranged by the Dewey Decimal System. Uncataloged holdings such as pamphlets files are arranged with subject headings and card indexes to some materials. There are some materials that have no control.
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Directories