The sixty-four images featured in this pictorial overview of the history of San Diego Public Library’s Central Library, from 1882–1970’s, were selected from the Special Collections Photograph Collection. This twelve box archival collection of photographs, housed in the San Diego Heritage Room, includes photographs and negatives …
The San Diego Public Library’s Special Collections contain many treasures that few know about; one such collection is the Babylonian clay tablets. The collection is part of the larger Wangenheim Collection that traces the history of book making and includes Egyptian papyrus, vellum manuscripts, lacquered palm leaf books from India, a …
Selections from the Raymond A. Mengar Dime Novel Collection.
The materials digitized here represent just a small fraction of the Mengar collection. The physical collection contains 769 copies of detective, western, and adventure novels. Titles include: All Around Weekly, Fame and Fortune Weekly, Frank Manley's Weekly, Frank Reade …
The San Diego Public Library's Wangenheim Collection contains a large portfolio of fore-edge paintings. These are images that have been painted onto the edges of a book (usually the edge opposite the spine). Sometimes the painting is visible when the book is closed. Sometimes the image is visible only when the pages are fanned. …
Their pages may be tattered and yellowed, but the illustrations and words have lost none of their ability to charm and delight. The Historical Children’s Books collection features picture books (The Animals’ Trip to the Sea), legends rendered by famous authors and artists (The Pied Piper of Hamelin as told by Robert Browning and …
Welcome to the San Diego Public Library Digital Archive!
The purpose of the Digital Archive is to highlight and share a selection of the remarkable materials that can be found in the San Diego Public Library's collections.
Even as the library moves into the twenty-first century by offering the latest electronic services, from downloadable eBooks to instant messaging reference help, we remain committed to preserving the treasures of the past, especially those relating to San Diego history.
Collections range from ancient clay tablets to illuminated medieval manuscripts to government publications from World War II.
The Digital Archive will continue to grow, so please regularly visit this site to see the latest additions.