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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 6,000 photographs chronicle the Valley’s settlers and development. 


Another special collection of 246 tape-recorded oral history interviews with Valley residents documents their memories of life in Carpinteria. Both of these special collections are catalogued and cross-indexed.


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 fees may apply.

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