Heritage Room

Special Collections Resources & Collections

The Heritage Room will be closed until 3pm on Saturday, February 4th for an event. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-12pm & 1pm-5pm, Closed major holidays

For information or to schedule a visit: (909)798-7632 or heritage@akspl.org

The collections of the Archives are as diverse as the history of California itself. The primary collections focus upon themes, events, and individuals who contributed to the ongoing history of Redlands and Southern California.

The Archives is open to the public and seeks to serve a variety of interests: Researchers, Students, Writers & the Casual Visitor. Although walk-ins are welcome, specialized researchers may find their needs better met by calling (909) 798-7632 for an appointment with an archivist.


California Collection, Rare Books, and Autograph Collection

There are thousands of books in the California Collection. The collection covers a wide range of subjects dealing with the history of Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, and the West. There are separate collections which house rare books and autographed books.

Carnegie Indian Collection

This collection began in 1910 by a gift from industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to honor his friend Albert K. Smiley, and includes rare and selected volumes primarily on the Indians of California and the Southwest.


The pamphlet and ephemera collection contains catalogued items relating to Redlands, San Bernardino County, and California. The material ranges from the 1860s to the present.


The map collection focuses upon California, San Bernardino, and the Redlands area. The maps date from as early as the 1850s to recent topographic maps.


The newspaper collection is one of the largest of local and regional newspapers in Southern California. The Citrograph, which was an important weekly published in Southern California, has been indexed from 1887-1896.


The California manuscript collection consists of thousands of pieces organized in dozens of collections. Subjects include Redlands and San Bernardino County, as well as Southern California deserts, mountains, water development, and citrus.

Oral Histories

More than 100 oral histories of individual community members document their lives and experiences. Researchers utilize both audio tapes and transcripts to add another dimension to understanding Redlands history. (Two major projects are “Citrus & Service” and “Citrus, Labor, and Community in East San Bernardino Valley”)

California Periodicals

Early California magazines to contemporary publications as well as historical academic journals are available.


The photograph collection affords the researcher a variety of subjects, relating to the history and development of Redlands, as well as the rest of California.

Major Collections
  • A.K. Smiley Family Collection
  • Gerald A. Smith Indian Collection
  • Nordhoff – Morrison – Stillman Collection
  • Citrus Industry Collection

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The former Redlands Daily Facts building is the future home of the Museum of Redlands

The Redlands Historical Museum Association and the Special Collections of A.K. Smiley Public Library work to collect, catalog and preserve items related to the history of Redlands. Please contact the Heritage Room at (909)798-7632 for information on how you can contribute. Arrangements can be made for pick-up of donations.

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