How to do research at the museum
Located in the second floor of the museum is the Trentalange Research Center, which houses the museum's extensive collection on the history of Monrovia that includes historic photographs, papers, maps, objects and some histories of houses and founding families.
An archivist will help researchers with preliminary searches that the researchers can then continue on their own. If one prefers to have the archivist do the research, the fee will be $30 and hour. Proceeds are used to help support the Museum. Fees are charged the printing or photocopying of items in the archives.
The Research Center is available to the public by appointment only. Please make an appointment by calling (626) 357-9537 or emailing us at MonroviaHistoricalMuseum@gmx.com.
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 several available resources for persons wishing to do historical research. The link to the City of Monrovia Library can be found HERE.
Resources for Research