The Arcadia Public Library and the Ruth and Charles Gilb Historical Museum participated in the Local History Digital Resources Program (LHDRP) in 2006-07. This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
During this time period two hundred photos were chosen for inclusion in the University of California's California Digital Library's databases reflecting some of the unique and varied history of the City of Arcadia and the surrounding area. Images include: William Parker Lyon and the Pony Express Museum; Ross Field, a U.S. Army balloon school during World War I; Rose Parade floats sponsored by the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association; and representative people, places, and events from Arcadia's past.
The photographs were assembled from the collections in the Arcadia Public Library and Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum. These were digitized in order to provide broader access to the collections by the public.
These images are now available on:
Online Archive of California - This database brings historical materials from a variety of California institutions. There are over 120,00 images, 50,000 pages of documents, letters, etc., and 8,000 guides to collections.
Calisphere - This database is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary resources, including over 150,000 digitized items.
Suggested subjects to try are: "Lucky Baldwin", "Balloon School" "Arcadian Observer" and "Pony Express Museum".
We are very excited to have these photos available for all to enjoy.