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 for more historical photographs from the Library's Flickr account. 

Local History Materials Now Available Free on California Revealed

In 2019, Sierra Madre Public Library (SMPL) was selected as a partner in the California Revealed project. California Revealed is a state funded initiative to help California’s public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, to digitize, preserve, and serve online historically significant Californiana.

Four items from the Sierra Madre Historical Archives were digitized for the project: A Dictionary of Sierra Madre (1906), Bits from Wall’s Etched Books (1943), High Lights (1940-1948), and the Sierra Madre News (1906-1999). 

These publications are now accessible and free to the public by clicking HERE

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.


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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.