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Library & Archive

The Museum’s library and archives contain rare books, published and unpublished manuscripts, ephemera, documents, newspapers and maps related to or descriptive of the county’s land as well as the cultural and historical experiences of the people of Marin County. The library also maintains the Marin History Museum’s Oral History Video Collection. The library and archives aim to serve researchers, scholars and community members by providing assisted access to these materials. 

Representative Library & Archive Sub-Collections

The Museum maintains numerous Library & Archive collections donated by a specific individual or organization or organized by topic.  Those in red can be searched in the Digital Collection.  Sub-collections include:

Historic Marin County Newspaper Collection: MHM’s newspaper collection includes issues from the county’s earliest paper, printed in 1861, to modern editions.  Newspapers include: The Marin Journal, Marin County Tocsin, The Independent, San Rafael Daily Independent, the Independent Journal, The Marin Independent Journal, Marin Scope, Marin Magazine, The Sausalito and the Mill Valley Record-Enterprise.

 The County Record Collection: This collection includes original bound volumes of the county’s records beginning in 1851.  They include mortgages, chattel mortgages, release of mortgages, bonds, marriage licenses, candidates for office statements, certificates of sale and real estate assessments.

Verna Dunshee Collection: This collection includes Ms. Dunshee’s personal correspondence, awards, photographs, correspondence and documents from her efforts with the Marin Conservation League regarding Angel Island State Park, Mount Tamalpais, Marin Parks, Point Reyes National Seashore, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Stinson Beach and Tomales Bay State Park.


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