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Local History Collection

The Roseville Public Library History Collection is a permanent, non-circulating collection of documents, photographs, media, maps, and artifacts relevant to the history of Roseville. It serves the community by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and providing access to the documentary and material culture of Roseville and surrounding areas.  The collection is located at the Downtown Roseville Public Library.

Located at:
225 Taylor Street
Roseville, CA 95678
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Monday, 4 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, 2 - 4 p.m.
Additional information and resources are available on the Research & Homework Help page.

Walter F. Fiddyment with the Pleasant Grove School class in
west Roseville, circa 1890's

The Local History Collection at the Roseville Public Library includes:

  • Private Collections
  • Comerical Collections
  • Local Goverment Collections
  • Subject files on locations & events throughout the city
  • High School Yearbooks, 1921-present
  • Polk Directories, 1960-1981
  • Haines Sacramento City & Suburban Directories, 1970-present
  • Roseville Histories
  • Roseville Publications
  • Placer County Histories
  • Media Collection
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs
  • Maps & Drawings

New Collection: City of Roseville, Communications Division

A new collection has been added to the Roseville Public Library History Collection. Thousands of slides, as well as numerous negatives and photographs, are now stored and accessible in the History Collection at the Downtown Library. This project, funded by an American Heritiage Preservation Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, has allowed the library to preserve and protect an important collection of photographic material that was in a state of deterioration. View a Finding Aid for this collection.

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

California of the Past: Digital Storytelling

The Roseville Public Library invites you to record a memory about local people, organizations, businesses and neighborhoods.

Photo shows the Red Cross Parade on Lincoln Street, Roseville 1918

This story is recorded and stored at the Downtown Library's History Collection for future generations to view. In addition, stories can be viewed on the California of the Past website.

California of the Past is supported in whole or in part by a California State Library grant supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian with services provided by Media Arts Center San Diego.

The Roseville Public Library History Collection provides the following finding aids for its private collections. A finding aid is a description of an archival collection, usually containing a history of the person or the organization that created the collection, and an inventory of its contents. View Finding Aids of the History Collection:
Finding Aid: William H. Birdsall
Finding Aid: Mrs. Mel (Carola) Borden
Finding Aid: Peggy Carey
Finding Aid: City of Roseville, Communications Division
Finding Aid: Charles R. Courter
Finding Aid: Friends of the Library
Finding Aid: Ione P. & Loran W. Glaser
Finding Aid: William Haman
Finding Aid: Elizabeth Preston Hanlin
Finding Aid: Uno J. Hebuck
Finding Aid: Clark Hellar
Finding Aid: Reatha Provost Wilkinson James
Finding Aid: Hazel McIntosh Kuhlman
Finding Aid: Nellie Jane Lien
Finding Aid: Magic Circle Theatre
Finding Aid: Marguerite Etzel Smart
Finding Aid: Billie Cavitt Smith

Interested in more Roseville history? Visit our History pages, the Roseville Historical Society or the Roseville Genealogical Society.


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