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Local History Collection

The Local History Collection has more than 1,800 books and pamphlets, from approximately 1875 to the present. In addition, the collection includes: extensive subject files, biographical files, maps, oral histories, photographs, and other materials. Our books and pamphlets are listed in the Library Catalog.

For Local History Research, the following online resources are available from the Thousand Oaks Library:

  • Local News Index

  • The Local News index is a database of citations for newspaper articles about the Conejo Valley that were reported in The News Chronicle, Thousand Oaks Star, Los Angeles Times (Ventura County edition), and Daily News (Conejo Valley section) from 1985 to April 20, 2016. Indexed articles include stories about the City of Thousand Oaks related to governance and politics, business, growth and development, school and park districts, crime, important events, major accidents, fires, natural disasters.  Regional news stories about issues that directly impact the City of Thousand Oaks are indexed. Obituaries, birth and marriage announcements for Thousand Oaks residents are also cited. Generally speaking, articles about local sports and social events are not indexed.   

    Indexing was done by Thousand Oaks Library staff members, with assistance from dedicated volunteers.  

  • County and Regional Histories & Atlases: California

  • This resource is a digital version of County and Regional Histories and Atlases (California subset) which covers dates from 1867-1910.

  • Follow this link to more information about Local History Photos.