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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Contact: Linda Valois
Phone: (805) 370-2330
Fax: (805) 370-1850

Institution Type: Cultural Institution, State & Federal Government

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Twitter: SantaMonicaMtns

Notes: Visitor Center: 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA, 91302
Direction to Visitor Center: Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) to Las Virgenes Road (Co. Hwy N1) exit. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Road to Mulholland Highway intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Highway. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.
Directions to Headquarters: Exit Hwy. 101 at Lynn Road and go north. Go east on West Hillcrest Drive. Go north on McCloud Ave. Go east on Civic Center Dr. and drive up the hill. 401 West Hillcrest Drive is the first building on the left.

Archives and Collections

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Archives documents the history of the recreation area dating back to before its beginnings in 1978 as a park unit of the National Park Service. Records include those from the Office of the Superintendent, Public Affairs, Planning Science and Resource Management, Permits Office, Interpretation & Education and Maintenance. The archives contain materials from individuals and organizations connected to the recreation area such as environmentalist Margot Feuer, Chumash Chief Charlie Cooke, scientist Margaret Stassforth, Los Angeles County division assistant fire chief Harvey Anderson, the Mountain Conservancy Foundation, and the Friends of Satwiwa. The collection also includes historical materials regarding federal park sites within the recreation area such as Paramount Ranch, Rancho Sierra Vista, Circle X Ranch, Solstice Canyon, Franklin Canyon and Peter Strauss Ranch.

Regions Covered: The Santa Monica Mountains and adjacent areas

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Audio Recordings, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Maps, Memorabilia, Newspaper Clippings, Oral Histories, Photographs, Press Releases, Prints/Posters, Scripts, Slides, Unprocessed/Unknown

Time Periods: 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English

Sectors of the Population: Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, Community Service Organizations, Politics/Government, European Descent, Native American Descent/Indigenous, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income


Catalog System: ICMS (Interior Collection Management System)
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Not at all
Outreach: Festivals, Internet, Meetings, Public Lectures & Programs, Word of Mouth