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Arda Haenszel California Room

Hours

To be certain the Arda Haenszel California Room is open, please call 909.381.8208 (Arda Haenszel California Room)
or 909.381.8221 press #3 (Reference Dept.) before you come in.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Many treasures of San Bernardino's past are preserved in the Arda Haenszel California Room of the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library.

Learn about the Indians who were living here when the settlers came. Read how the valley appeared to the early explorers.

Discover how San Bernardino was laid out with broad streets in a grid pattern. Early maps are available. See pictures of pioneers and early streets and buildings downtown.

Trivia Quiz

How well do you know the history of San Bernardino? Take the Ultimate San Bernardino Trivia Quiz compiled by the Arda Haenszel California Room Volunteers.

Read about the...

 Calisphere is the University of California's gateway to more than 150,000 digitized primary source items that "reveal the diverse history and culture of California." Its content "has been selected from ... the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations." Searchable, or browsable by individual subjects or themed collections, which are "primary source sets organized to support California [K-12] Content Standards." Also includes selected historical essays and lesson plans.

The room also includes:

  • Shades of San Bernardino Photo Project
  • Great Register of San Bernardino County for 1880 - 1886
  • Marriage Records, Birth and Death Records up until 1910 (incomplete)
  • Census Records for San Bernardino and for Riverside from 1850 to 1920
  • Los Angeles Mexican Census for 1836 and 1844
  • San Bernardino Sun newspaper from 1894 to present on microfilm
  • City Directories from 1887 to 1968
  • Criss-Cross from 1976 to present
  • Telephone books from 1918 to present
  • Assorted early diaries from early San Bernardino
  • Family histories and biographies of early San Bernardino residents
  • Mary Lewis collection of early settlers from 1853 to 1909
  • San Bernardino Obituaries - some in print and some on microfilm
  • San Bernardino Valley Genealogical Society Quarterlies from 1962 to present - only San Bernardino County Information
  • Pioneer and Aqua Mansa cemetery burial records
  • Records of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Books on early pioneers of San Bernardino with photographs and synopsis of families
  • Miscellaneous photographs of San Bernardino Area
  • San Bernardino High School Annuals

Vital Records

 FEES - Our prepaid mail-in research fee is $20.00 per hour or any part thereof. This fee is in addition to copy costs of 25¢ per page.

Librarians will be glad to provide the information you need if you can provide us with the date: month, day and year of items requested and/or other pertinent information regarding your question.

A self-addressed stamped envelope with your request is appreciated.
Please send requests to:
San Bernardino Public Library
Research Question
555 West 6th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410


If you prefer, you may ask your hometown library to borrow microfilm of the San Bernardino SUN from the California State Library in Sacramento. In this way, you will be able to search for yourself and avoid our research fee.