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.
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