Local History

4th of July Parade c. 1970at the intersection of Hermosa and Sierra Madre Blvd., circa. 1970.      

4th of July Parade at the intersection of Hermosa and Sierra Madre Blvd., circa 1970. Joe A. Hinojos Collection, Sierra Madre Historical Archives.
Click the photo to view more historical photographs from the Sierra Madre Public Library's Flickr account. 

Explore our Local History collection

  • Research the history of your home
  • Find out about a local organization or business
  • Select historical photographs for your project
  • View early maps of your neighborhood
  • Browse postcards of your community

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The Collection

Our local history collection consists of a variety of materials that tell the Sierra Madre story: photographs, slides, postcards, scrapbooks, city directories, maps, letters, periodicals, posters, works of art, sound recordings, moving images, and ephemera. Selected items are accessible via the Library's online catalog. The local history collection is built on a partnership. It is jointly owned and maintained by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society and the Sierra Madre Public Library.


Portions of the Local History Collection are located in the California Room at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Some items are available for research and viewing, however, scheduling an appointment is recommended. Call the Library at (626) 355-7186 to schedule a visit, or send an email to localhistory@cityofsierramadre.com.

More to Explore

California Listens Project for Sierra Madre - NEW!
Sierra Madre Public Library's Photostream on Flickr
Timeline: Headline History of Sierra Madre features events of note by decade.
Sierra Madre Landmarks Information about local historical landmarks.