Los Angeles History

Want to learn more about Los Angeles? Below are just a few of the numerous online resources available for learning about the history of Los Angeles. Use the links in the sidebar to find additional resources.

County of Los Angeles Public Library local history collections


The County of Los Angeles Public Library has created local history Web sites for fifteen of its libraries. These local history Web sites provide answers to frequently asked community history questions twenty-four hours a day via the Internet. The Web sites provide information on Native Americans who lived in the area in prehistoric times, local missions and the early history of the community as well as other historical topics. They also contain images of historic community photographs and other documents, and links and citations to additional community history resources.

Los Angeles Almanac


The first and longest-running online almanac dedicated to Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and surrounding areas. Launched in 1998, this website contains historical statistics, summaries, lists of public officials, site information, and more. Learn about the former names of Los Angeles County communities or when cities were annexed by Los Angeles. Explore their extensive online map collections and stroll through the timeline to learn about Los Angeles through the years.

Los Angeles Public Library's COLLECTIONS & Resources


There is no better place to start your search than LAPL. In particular, check out the census tract maps for Los Angeles County, genealogy resources, L.A. maps (including maps of L.A. history and growth), obituaries, and ways to find the history of your house.

Wikipedia's History of Los Angeles


Great place to get an overview of L.A. history. Check out the bibliography at the end as well.

Angels Walk LA - self-guided historical walking trails


Angels Walk LA is dedicated to enhancing pedestrian environments throughout Los Angeles by developing self-guided walking trails. Their walks exist to bring light to the rich and diverse history of our city by encouraging exploration and discovery of significant locations, people, and events that have contributed to the unique development of each neighborhood.