Heritage Room Resources & Collection
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.
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”)
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.
- A.K. Smiley Family Collection
- Gerald A. Smith Indian Collection
- Nordhoff – Morrison – Stillman Collection
- Citrus Industry Collection
Old City Hall is the Future Home of the Redlands Historical Museum
The Redlands Historical Museum Association works together with A.K. Smiley Public Library Heritage Room to accession, catalog and store donated items. Please contact Nathan Gonzales at the Heritage Room, 798-7632, to make an inquiry and give details on the potential donation. Arrangements can be made for pick-up of items.