How to do research at the museum
The Museum has an extensive collection on the history of Monrovia that includes historic photographs, papers, maps, objects and the histories of houses and founding families. Our resources are available to the public to use in our research center. Please make an appointment by calling (626) 357-9537 or emailing us at MonroviaHistoricalMuseum@gmx.com.
An archivist will help with preliminary searches and can conduct more extensive searches. The first 15 minutes is free, and we charge $20 per hour after that. This fee is used to help support the Museum.
Want more information about Monrovia history? Here are some great links:
Early Monrovia Structures Research
This site is a work-in-progress research/database for history buffs, especially preservationists who may be interested in the architecture and early history of Monrovia. Link to the site: earlymonroviastructures.org
The Museum has developed and maintains family trees for early Monrovia settlers including William Monroe and other founding families, which you can access through our Research Center. If you have your own ancestry.com account you can look them up on your own. Research fees apply when using the Museum's Research Center.
Monrovia Historic Preservation Group
A valuable resource about historic home preservation. If you’re interested in architecture, history, restoration skills or meeting others with the same interests, MOHPG would welcome you as a member. Their website is www.mohpg.org
Monrovia City Library
The City of Monrovia's Library has a research guide for persons wishing to do historical research on a particular house. The document for research can be found HERE.