Local History

For material request please fill out this application, and email to Maximo@banninglibrarydistrict.org

Online Photo Archive now available!



Click on the link above to view the Banning Library District Local History photograph collection at the Online Archive of California. If you would like to search the images, click the "online items" button and enter a search term.

Did you know that the Banning Library District has a wealth of local history books, photographs, and other materials about Banning, the Pass Area, California, and the West? We are in the process of organizing and cataloging this important collection of historical materials.

The Banning Library District applied for and was selected to be a participant in the California Local History Digital Resources Project. This Project is a multi-year (2000-present) statewide program which provides a way for libraries to create, display and maintain a digital photograph collection. We will be scanning photographs for permanent display on the California State Digital Archives website, which will be accessible to anyone with computer access. 

Please re-visit this section regularly for more information on our collection and our progress.

Airports in the San Gorgonio Pass

The Banning Bench

The Black Pioneers PT.1
The Black Pioneers PT.2

Cemeteries Article

Famous Celebrities of the San Gorgonio Pass

From the Hills of Laos to the San Gorgonio Pass

The Grove

Historic Barrios of Banning

Lockheed Propulsion Plant


Movie Theaters of the San Gorgonio Pass

Photographers of the San Gorgonio Pass

Post Offices of the San Gorgonio Pass

Sadakichi PT.1
Sadakichi PT.2
Sadakichi PT.3

Saint Boniface Indian / Industrial School

Snow Creek Camp

Urban Legends of the San Gorgonio Pass