Old color-tinted postcard looking down Carmel's main street around 1915. There are storefronts long the right, and a grassy median with trees on the left. Old-fashioned cars are in the street and parked on the median,

Digital Resources

Internet Archive: Carmel Pine Cone newspaper 1915-2006; oral history interviews with James Hopper, Herbert Heron, Walter Victorine, Ruth Warshawsky and others; local history lectures on topics including the Del Monte Express, Monterey Peninsula artists, Cole Weston, Nora May French; photographs of plays at the Forest Theater 1910-1960s; scrapbooks for the Forest Theater, Carmel Arts and Crafts Club, and more.


Over 7,000 photographs from the Carmel area’s early days up to the present, scenes of Carmel’s natural beauty, architecture, personalities, cultural events. Also represented are views of Point Lobos and other Peninsula cities.

Online Collections

More Photograph Collections

  • Carmel Bach Festival
  • Edgar A. Cohen
  • Forest Theater
  • Golden Bough Theater
  • Lewis Josselyn
  • Arthur McEwen
  • Margye Neswitz
  • Perry and Ida Brooks Newberry
  • Catherine and George Seideneck
  • Louis Slevin
  • Lincoln Steffens and Ella Winter
  • Frank Wulzen

Archival Collections

Collections relating to the history and development of Carmel, such as the Devendorf Collection of Carmel Development Co. Papers, the city clerk’s building permit books, personal written memories of Carmel, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, etc.

Online Collections

More Archival Collections

  • Carmel Bach Festival
  • Carmel Citizens Committee
  • Carmel Fire Department
  • Carmel Music Society
  • Carmel Preservation Foundation
  • Carmel USO
  • Hugh Comstock
  • Ella Reid Harrison and the Harrison Memorial Library
  • Herbert Heron and the Forest Theater
  • Edward Kuster and the Golden Bough Theater
  • Gunnar and Wies Norberg
  • Geza Saint Galy
  • Enid Sales
  • Vincent Torras
  • Alexander and Marian Weygers

Books and Manuscripts

Fiction and nonfiction books about Carmel and Carmel residents, as well as select books written by Carmel residents, that cover topics that include history, geography, art, architecture, photography, drama, and biography. Also included are Polk City Directories 1925-1987, and reverse lookup directories 1977-2014. Manuscripts include play and television scripts, memoirs, and fiction manuscripts by local authors such as Herbert Heron, Perry Newberry, Robert Campbell, Albert Leon Van Houtte and Steve Crouch.


Magazines published in the Carmel area from 1925 to the present, including full runs of Game & Gossip and Carmel Magazine. Magazines from throughout the U.S. from the 1890’s to the present containing articles by Carmel authors or about the Monterey Peninsula. Newsletters from many of Carmel’s various organizations.

Audiovisual Materials

Online Materials