Monterey County Free Libraries' local history collection consists of books, photographs, maps, and documents on the history
of Monterey County and California from the 1890s to 1970s. The collection offers historical interpretation of Monterey County
and its role in California history. Digitized images in the collection include photographs, postcards, and documents of people,
places, and buildings including libraries and librarians, schools, missions, industries (whaling, salt, and agricultural)
in Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Gonzales, Jolon, Monterey, Moss Landing, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad, Spreckles,
and more. Of particular interest are photographs of the first county librarian, Anne Hadden, delivering library service on
horseback to Big Sur, and photographs of farm labor camps in Monterey County circa 1960s.
L. S. (Louis Stanislas) Slevin, a California native, came to Carmel in 1903 and photographed the whole of Monterey County
from Big Sur to the Pinnacles National Monument. He left a history of the area in both prints and postcards.
Property rights reside with Monterey County Free Libraries. Copyright of some materials is retained by the creators of the
records. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Monterey County Free Libraries' Administrative Office.