Always wanted to learn more about local history and beyond but never had the time? The Library’s Anne T. Kent California Room maintains a rich digital archive featuring thousands of photographs, oral histories, maps and ephemera. You can browse through thematic digital albums or search for a specific theme or topic.
Here are some resources curated by our archivists in the California Room to get you started:
Discover new facets of Marin County History via the Anne T. Kent California Room’s Local History eNewsletter
Oral History Collection
Learn about local and national Women’s Suffrage Leader Elizabeth Thacher Kent as we celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Check out our high resolution Marin County Maps, c.1849-1980
Time travel through our local history image collections, including virtual photograph albums.
West Marin Architect Sim Van der Ryn
The Country Club at Bear Valley (1890-c.1930)
The John Muir Trail
Cartoon Maps of Marin by Ted Hubbard
Olema & Bear Valley (Jim Staley Postcard Collection)
Camp Taylor & San Geronimo Valley ( Jim Staley Postcard Collection)
Early Railroad through Marin & Sonoma (Isaac Shaver Photo Album)
19th-Century San Rafael (Isaac Shaver Photo Album)
Additional Repositories and Curriculum Support for All Ages
Calisphere provides free access to California‘s digital collections (images, texts, and recordings), which can be used for research, teaching, and exploring the history around us. You can search over one million items, or browse by topic.
What was daily life like in California during World War II?
How did early cultures in California interact and change with each new group of settlers?
What did it mean to be Chinese in California during the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?
Who were the Californios?
What did the Civil Rights Movement in California look like?
Calisphere also has special resources for educators, including historical essays, lesson plans, and teaching tools.
The Internet Archive provides free access to 20 million books, 4.5 million audio recordings, 4 million videos, and 3 million images. With so much to explore, here are a few of our favorites which you might enjoy during these stuck-indoor times.