The Glendale History Room at the Central Library contains books, photographs, pamphlets, maps and periodicals about Glendale and its history. Materials about neighboring cities and California as they pertain to Glendale, and books by local authors are also part of the collection. Materials are for reference only and may not be borrowed.

Some of the Library's collections are available online, including: 

calisphere_logo2 Glendale History on Calisphere

Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, and more — reveal the diverse history and culture of California. Calisphere contains content related to the history of Glendale and the surrounding areas, provided both by the Glendale Public Library and libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations across California. Start with the Glendale Public Library’s profile page, or explore the themed collections listed on Calisphere’s home page


GrandCentralAirTerminal1931SMGrand Central Air Terminal

The Grand Central Air Terminal Building (pictured) is one of Glendale’s most storied structures. It opened in 1929 as the primary public building for Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT), which had been established in 1922 as the Glendale Municipal Airport and served as the first commercial airport in the Los Angeles area. GCAT was designed by Henry L. Gogerty in a seamless blend of the Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles that reflect both the local vernacular architectural tradition and (what was then) the excitement of air travel. The building helped establish the overall program of airline terminals today, providing dedicated areas for ticketing, waiting, and dining. It also incorporated offices and the airport’s control tower. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and many other early aviators were regular visitors, as were Hollywood celebrities, many of whom kept personal airplanes there. Take an online tour of the Grand Central Air Terminal and learn more about Glendale's role in the history of aviation. Read More>    




Early Glendale and Tropico 

Explore a new collection of rare illustrated promotional booklets available at the Online Archive of California website . Dating from the early 1900s these booster materials present a snapshot of the culture and spirit of the early Glendale and Tropico communities, celebrating their unique civic, commercial and artistic characteristics. Of particular interest in many of these items, selected from the holdings of the Special Collections Room, are the photographs of Edward Weston, who opened his first photography studio in Tropico in the 1910s.


Library, Arts & Culture Department on History Pin 

An exciting new way to experience Glendale history. Photographs are "pinned" to a map, allowing the user to compare past and present views of Glendale (and beyond). The site includes images from libraries, archives, and other institutions all over the world. Individuals are encouraged to share their photographs as well. 
Start with the Library's profile page, or dive right into the map to begin exploring!


History Drive

Help us add chapters to Glendale's past by sharing or donating your photos and documents. Read More>


Special Collections' Photostream 

The Library, Arts & Culture Department photograph collection on Flickr , featuring the Verdugo Views set , containing images used in the popular Glendale News-Press column written by Katherine Yamada.


Leslie C. Brand 

The collection of historic photographs and documents related to Leslie C. Brand and his family while he was still living in El Miradero, featuring images of the rooms within the mansion and scenic views of the property. The collection also includes photographs of the Brand Library and Park, which were created from his home and property deeded to the City of Glendale.


Oral History Collection 

The Library Oral History Collection, featuring interviews and event recordings from the 1950s up through the 1990s. Currently under construction. Read More>


Glendale Mayors 

The City of Glendale was incorporated February 16, 1906, and was governed by a Board Trustees from 1906 to 1921. The City of Glendale became a Chartered City upon ratification of its Charter on March 29, 1921, and the Board of Trustees became known as the City Council. Click here to see a gallery of the Presidents Of The Board Of Trustees, past and present Mayors.


Library Cards Tell Glendale's Story 

Glendale library cards feature historic photos from our photograph collections. Read More>


Discovering the History and Architecture of Glendale’s Libraries

The Glendale Historical Society (TGHS) sponsored the first-ever Library Architectural Tour to celebrate the 2007 Library Centennial. The tour included visits to the Central Library, Grandview Library and Brand Library & Art Center. Architect John LoCasio and TGHS President Arlene Vidor provided background about the buildings and TGHS member Carole Dougherty's Tour brochure can be downloaded here.


Library History

This is how it all began in Glendale! Read more>

The Glendale History Room is open

Tuesday and Thursday 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
And by appointment.

Please call 818-548-2037 for further information. Email requests to:

Mail requests to:

Library, Arts & Culture
Attention: Reference Department 
222 East Harvard Street 
Glendale, CA 91205

A stamped self-addressed envelope will help save money.