Local History

The above photograph shows Redondo Beach in 1908 when it was an important seaport. All three wharves are visible, and an unpopulated Palos Verdes Peninsula can be seen in the background. This photograph--and several other striking panoramic views of Old Redondo--is available at the Library of Congress, American Memory Site: www.loc.gov

Directory2_2City Directories:

Redondo Beach: 1906 and 1907 (one volume); 1907; 1912-1913; 1913-1914; 1915-1916; 1920; 1960; 1963

Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach Combined: 1923-1924; 1925-1926; 1931; 1936; 1947; 1952
Los Angeles: 1942

The Directories are now available online.

Starr_2The Gloria Snyder Collection

Long-time South Bay resident Gloria Snyder (1924-1997) spent years collecting books on local history. Redondo Beach Public Library is honored to host part of this collection, on long-term loan from the Snyder family, in a special reference area of the Main Library.
Local High School Yearbooks

ThePilot2_2The Pilot (Redondo Beach Union High School): 1915, 1916, 1923-2021.
  (n.b. There was no yearbook for the years 1917-1922).

The Talon (Aviation High School): 1960-72, 1975-79, 1981, 1982.
      Aviation High School was in existence from 1957 to 1982.

Historical Newspapers

The Library has microfilm copies of the Redondo Compass (1892-1893)
and the Redondo Reflex (1906-1970).
You can now view and search the Reflex and Compass online.

The Redondo Beach Historical Society

Works to "preserve and protect the historical and cultural resources of the City."
Our mailing address:  P.O. Box 978, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 USA
Our phone number is (answering machine only): (310) 465-7149

Historical Museum

The Morrell House Museum is located at Heritage Court in Dominguez Park,
298 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Museum Hours: 
                      Saturday and Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m. 
                      Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Next to the Morrell House Museum is the Queen Anne Museum
302 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278