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Arcadia History eBooks & Digitized Content


Search the Arcadia history collection:

Online Collection:

The online collection provides access to documents, newspaper clippings, citations, and obituaries, as well as photos and paintings relating to Arcadia.

eBooks:    


 Where Ranch and City Meet                                                                                                                                            
 
Arcadia: Where Ranch and City Meet by Pat McAdam and Sandy Snider

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Friends of the Arcadia Public Library, the Library now has a digitized version of Arcadia: Where Ranch and City Meet  on our website. This comprehensive and excellent history of Arcadia has long been out of print and is now searchable from home 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

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Visions of Arcadia edited by Gary Kovacic

Thanks to a very generous donation from former Mayor and City Council Member Gary Kovacic,  the Library now has a digitized version of his book Visions of Arcadia: a Centennial Anthology on our website. This excellent historical anthology begins the story that is continued in the companion volume More Visions of Arcadia, and it includes essays and articles about Arcadia's rich history, which is now searchable from home 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

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More Visions of Arcadia edited by Gary Kovacic

Thanks to a very generous donation from former Mayor and City Council Member Gary Kovacic,  the Library now has a digitized version of his book More Visions of Arcadia: a Community Anthology on our website. This excellent companion volume to Visions of Arcadia includes even more essays and articles about Arcadia's rich history, which is now searchable from home 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

Newspaper:    
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Santa Anita PACEMAKER

The PACEMAKER was a newspaper published for the more than 18,000 persons who resided at the Santa Anita Assembly Center during six months in 1942. The Library has digitized 32 editions of the "Santa Anita PACEMAKER" available below.

April 1942

May 1942

June 1942

July 1942

August 1942

September 1942

1942

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Arcadia Diamond Jubilee: 1903 to 1978:

The City of Arcadia celebrated its 75th birthday in 1978.  At that time, articles that looked at the City’s history ran in the Arcadia Tribune and other worthwhile projects were undertaken. In September 1978, the grand celebration for the Diamond Jubilee was held.  A community breakfast, a parade, even a gala ball were given in Arcadia’s honor.


One of the projects was a pamphlet entitled By Gads! This is Paradise the story of Arcadia written by Richard E. Miller, former City of Arcadia Librarian, and published by the Home Federal Savings and Loan.  Through a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant, the Department of Library and Museum Services of the City of Arcadia was able to have this interesting piece of Arcadia history digitized. 

More Resources:  

The Arcadia Public Library and The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage participated in the Local History Digital Resources Program (LHDRP) in 2006-07. 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 our unique resources. 

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Published: July 07, 2020