• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Archival Collections

Newspaper articles tell us about the past like this one from 1955 featuring a Pow Wow at Paramount Ranch.

NPS/SAMO Archives

The park's archival collections includes oral histories; photographic prints, negatives, and slides; photographs, blueprints, specifications, and other items documenting facility development; and materials related to scientific studies and resource management activities. There are currently over 170 linear feet of archival material in the park's collections

Below are samples of some of the finding aids for our archival collections (all files are PDF format):

Franklin Canyon Collection, 1912-1992
Mary Gordon Collection, 1985-1991
Public Information Office Records, 1978-1996
Public Information Office Photograph Collection, 1960-1998
Resource Management Files Collection, 1980-1995
Water Resources Management Plan, Dr. Lou Levy Collection, 1927-1997

For general information about our collections, see Museum Scope of Collection Statement, 2009.

Did You Know?

Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash played an important role in making sure 85 acres remained open space.

On June 13, 1980, Charlie Cooke, hereditary Chief of the Chumash and concerned citizens fulfilled a dream-- a place for families to explore our natural world and learn about the Chumash. Satwiwa in Newbury Park, CA celebrates the beauty of the mountains and all Native American cultures.