Local History Room

The Local History Room is located, on the second floor, within the Beale Memorial Library. The collection contains books, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, vault materials, and vertical files on over 900 subjects. The Local History room’s most popular items include Bakersfield City Directories dating back to 1899; Kern County Telephone directories dating back to 1940; and donated elementary, […]

National Archives Collections

The National Archives has collections spanning from general topics and through the 19th to 21st century. Among the notable collections include photos of WWII, Women’s Suffrage, and American Indians. Historical photos 

William Harland Boyd Collection

Photos from the files of local historian, William Harland Boyd (1912-2002), collected while writing his books on Kern County history; these photos are of prominent community leaders and businessmen, and also include historic views of Kern County. Historical photos 

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