Sherman Library

About Sherman Library

Sherman Library is a historical research library specializing in the history of the Pacific Southwest – including southern California, Arizona, northern Mexico and adjoining areas. The Library’s collections document the development of the region through books, archival collections, photographs, maps, and newspapers.

Sherman Library’s book collection encompasses more than 15,000 volumes, including a large collection of California city directories.

Sherman Library is also home to a collection of California Impressionist art, including works by William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Clarence Hinkle and Anna Hills.



Photograph Collections – Sherman Library has an extensive photograph collection totaling more than 30,000 items.  The collections has particular strengths in the history of Newport Beach, Los Angeles and Southern California maritime subjects.  You can also watch a virtual talk about the photograph collection.

Archival Collections – Documents, photographs, maps and other unique items.

Book Collections– Books about the history of the Pacific Southwest.

City Directory Collections – City directories, street address directories and telephone books.

Contact Sherman Library

Tuesday – Friday

10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Archival research by appointment

(949) 673-1880

[email protected]

Jill Thrasher, Library Director

Art Collection – Artwork from local artist, including many plein air paintings from artists such as Anna Hills and Edgar Payne.


Maren Davis Memorial Scholarship – Support to a college student with an interest in the study of librarianship, archives, and/or the history of Southern California.