Museum Phone:
(310) 395-2290

Museum Address:
1350 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Museum Hours:
Temporarily closed to the public

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Research Library

Museum Morley Builders Research Library

Please note that access to our Research Library and Special Collections is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling (310) 395-2290 or emailing [email protected]


The library provides historical materials and information to teachers, students, scholars, publishers, the media and a host of others, and responds to queries (several thousand a year) for information on a daily basis from people, organizations and the media locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Special Collections
  • Original Architectural and street plans (including 35 plans for the Third Street Promenade and blueprints of various buildings and projects and homes in Santa Monica)
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Archives
  • Sanborn maps
  • Santa Monica city records
  • Over 60 boxes of papers associated with important families, businesses and events in Santa Monica
  • 7,000 original books of all the deeds and real estate transactions in Los Angeles County from 1850 to 1910. These books were recorded on microfiche by the Genealogy Society of Utah with copies given to SMHSM
  • Early land tract books
  • Original leases of the Santa Monica Pier Carousel
  • 125 original pieces of sheet music
  • Old sound recordings
  • Santa Monica and California book collections of Charles Tegner (early pioneer who founded Henshey’s department store), the late David Cameron (past-president of Santa Monica Historical Society and former chair of the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission)
  • The Outlook newspaper library including issues of the 1975 Centennial Edition
  • Chamber of Commerce publications
  • Original Santa Monica City Charter

Library – Special Collections

  • Approximately 1,000 rare books and periodicals covering the early history of Santa Monica, its environs, and California, including books by Fred Basten, Jeff Stanton, Luther Ingersoll, Hubert Howe Bancroft, Les Storrs, Charles Warren, W.W. Robinson, George Hastings, and Grace Heintz
  • Books on local residents such as Donald W. Douglas, Jr., the Lennon Sisters, Shirley Temple, and Lawrence Welk
  • Over 200 telephone directories from Santa Monica and surrounding areas dating back to 1913
  • A near complete set of Santa Monica High School yearbooks, as well as yearbooks from Santa Monica City College, John Adams and Lincoln Junior High Schools (now Middle Schools), and Venice High School
  • Over 150 bound editions of the Santa Monica Outlook newspaper
  • Early films and documentaries
  • The Historical Resources Inventory Guide to Santa Monica dating from 1928
  • Videos: Hidden History of Ocean Park, Santa Monica-The Way It Was, The Face of Lincoln, Black History Film
  • Audio tapes: Moe Fogel – Santa Monica’s first City Attorney, John Farquhar – grandson of the co-founder of Santa Monica, Clo Hoover – first woman mayor of Santa Monica, Grace Godino – early actress who performed at the Miles Playhouse and Morgan Wixon Theatre with Glen Ford