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Local History Photos Collections

The Conejo Valley from 36,000 feet, May 13, 1967. The 23 freeway was not yet built, and the 101 is visible at the bottom of the photo.

The Local History Photos: The Local History Collection includes images of historical interest for the Conejo Valley, and some nearby areas of Ventura County, from the 1890s to the present. These show historic buildings, ranches, commercial operations, land use, public events, and local pioneer families. Digital copies of some of the photos, as well as our Conejo Through the Lens project can be seen on flickr.

Conejo Through the Lens began in 2010, and is still collecting images to share. We are looking for donations of photographs depicting life in the Conejo Valley ranging from landscapes, to historical events, to school programs and family life. Please submit only your own photographs, or those passed down to you by family. For this project we are not digitizing newspaper clippings or other published material.

A photo on Flickr Go to ConejoThruTheLens' photostream

More photos are on our Calisphere.

Some of our important Collections:

  • The Ed Lawrence Collection
    Over 15,000 images of life in the Conejo Valley from 1959. Through a partnership between the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation, the City of Thousand Oaks, Conejo Recreation and Park District, and California Lutheran University, the Lawrence Collection is now a permanent part of the Thousand Oaks Library archives. Ed Lawrence takes us through a journey of the history of Thousand Oaks with his "Impressions of the Conejo Valley" in this video.
  • The News Chronicle Photos
    The News Chronicle Collection contains more than 100,000 images of everyday life, special events, and other newsworthy occurrences in the Conejo Valley in the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle from 1965 to 1994, and the Thousand Oaks Star from 1994-2000. Where possible, we have included the original caption for the photograph.
  • The Frank Knight Collection
    Frank Knight was a professional photographer who worked in the Conejo Valley from the 1960s to 1980s. The Frank Knight Collection of negatives was donated to the Thousand Oaks Library in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Knight. This collection contains aerial views of the Conejo Valley in the 1960s, parades and other events.
  • Herb Noseworthy Collection
    Herb Noseworthy is a professional photographer who photographed the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas from 1965 to 1971. Many of these images appeared in the News Chronicle.
  • Scott Harrison Collection
    Scott Harrison is a professional photographer who worked for the News Chronicle in the 1980s. In 2012 he donated his News Chronicle image collection to the Thousand Oaks Library.

How you can help:

  • Can you help us identify some of the people, places and events in these photographs?
  • Are you aware of an error in the information we have provided for a photograph?
  • Do you have photographs or other materials pertaining to the history of Thousand Oaks that you would like to donate to the Thousand Oaks Library?

If so, please contact Special Collections.

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