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Online Collections

The Museum's Photography Collection index is now online! Visit the Photography Collection page to view the thematic index.


Portions of the Museum's Oral History Collection are now available online! Visit the Oral History Collection page to listen to audio files. 


Research Library

The G. Horace Coshow Museum Library is non-circulating and is for research use only by appointment. The library contains books on local and western history, maps, bound newspaper volumes, family histories and genealogies, subject archives and more. A rare collection of more than 10,000 photographs chronicles the Valley’s settlers and development. 


Another special collection of oral history interviews with Valley residents documents their memories of life in Carpinteria. 


Our resources are available for use by authors, newspaper and magazine journalists, artists and designers, students, genealogists, land-use planners, consultants, and others interested in our rich local heritage. Some research, scanning, or use fees may apply.

An appointment is required to conduct research in the Library and Archives.

Please email: to arrange a date and time. 

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