Local History Books

The book collection includes titles relevant to the history of the Peninsula, as well as the immediate neighbors who were part of that history, such as San Pedro, Torrance, Carson, Lomita, and the beach cities.  Also included are biographies of people who helped develop the area, such as architects Myron Hunt and Kirtland Cutter, landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and banker Frank Vanderlip, the visionary who saw what the land could become. His autobiography, From Farm Boy to Financier, has become a rare book.

A complete set of yearbooks from the three local high schools (Miraleste High, Palos Verdes High, Palos Verdes Peninsula High, and Rolling Hills High), plus many from Chadwick School beginning in 1940, create active interest among alumni.  The collection also includes yearbooks from Rolling Hills Preparatory School (1985-2005), and Palos Verdes Intermediate School (1991-2001.)  A small section of books written by local authors completes the book collection. These may be accessed through the Library’s automated catalog.