Local History Digital Resource Project

This collection of photographs, slides, postcards and picture clippings documents the history of the City of Monterey Park and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley. These photographs were collected over the years by the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and the Monterey Park Historical Society. The collection tells the story of the establishment of Monterey Park as a city in 1916, emergence of business and industry, and documents some of the well-known historical faces of Monterey Park.

California Local History Digital Resources Project

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library was selected in 2010 to be a participant in the California Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP). This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The goal of LHDRP is to preserve local history resources including historical photographs and to provide long-term access to a digital version.

Photo Categories

Please click on the following images to view some selected images under each listed category.

Historic Events
Life in Monterey Park

Two hundred photographs have been scanned and digitized at a high resolution for the local history collection. Each photograph is cataloged and described to enable easy access and retrieval online. Fully searchable records are available through the University of California's free public gateway of primary resources at Calisphere. More photographs will be added to the digital collection in the future. View the collection of photographs online.