Local History Center Collections & Projects

The Local History Collection presents a panorama of Peninsula history. It encompasses a variety of formats including original records. books, school yearbooks, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, genealogical data, and early phonebooks.  These resources do not circulate and must be used in the Local History Center located at the Peninsula Center Library.

The Local History Center also has a number of projects.  The 40 Families Project focuses on preserving the soon-to-be-forgotten history of the Peninsula's Japanese-American settlement prior to WWII.  Your Story is the Peninsula's Story (YSPS), a project made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (40-8615) and the Peninsula Friends of the Library, seeks to engage the Peninsula community in documenting its own history through public scanning events. Through the Digital Archives, the Local History Center is working to make materials from these and other projects available online. 

The Local History Center, working with the City of Palos Verdes Estates, created a series of geocaches called 'PVE - Turns 75!' in celebration of the city's 75th anniversary.  The caches provide a mini history lesson of the spot where the geocache is located.

In June 2016, the Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) was one of 12 libraries in the state to participate in California Listens, a grant-funded project of the California State Library. Led by the Berkeley-based StoryCenter, PVLD held a two-day workshop in which storytellers wrote, narrated and created a digital video about their life experience. From immigration, community building, motherhood, recovering from disaster and more – these movies are a celebration of creativity and history as lived by our storytellers.

In summer 2018, we completed a project with the National Association for Olmsted Parks to include Olmsted projects from the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the OlmstedOnline.org website.  Once you are on the site, click on the map to explore, photos, plans and drawings of these Peninsula sites.