Monrovia Historical Collections

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Online Collections

Monrovia has a rich history that has been carefully preserved and treasured by local residents and businesses throughout the years. These collections contain photographs, documents, and artifacts of Monrovia from the 19th Century and onward.


Monrovia Historical Museum

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The Monrovia Historical Museum is located in an historic 1925 Spanish style building in Recreation Park that was once the city's Municipal Swimming Pool, "The Plunge." The museum features exhibits, the history of Monrovia, life in the early 20th Century, and Monrovia's participation in World Wars I and II.

They also provide information on their site for Early Monrovia Structures Research, a work-in-progress research/database for history buffs, especially preservationists, who may be interested in the architecture and early history of Monrovia.

The Museum's main online collection will bring together elements of the museum's exhibits, including photographs, documents, and artifacts. The online collection will be available soon.


Monrovia Legacy Project

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The Monrovia Legacy Project was approved by the City Council in September, 2015. It is part of the Monrovia Historical Society and the City of Monrovia. The Legacy Project team has worked tirelessly on organizing and digitizing our City Historians' photographs and documents to make them available via the online collection.

For more information or to order prints, please email:

Monrovia Legacy Project Online Collection


Monrovia Public Library

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The Monrovia Public Library was founded by the Saturday Afternoon Club, forerunner of the Women’s Club of Monrovia, with the first library building opening in 1895. Over the years, the Library has cultivated a historical collection of items that are maintained in the Heritage Room. Library staff and volunteers are working on digitizing these items  to ensure their preservation for future generations. The online collection will be available soon.

For more information and additional resources, visit our Local History page.