Local authors, local topics, and local focus

The Altadena Historical Society has something for everyone from the resident in search of a few facts to the serious scholar. Some items may be photocopied.


The AHS library houses about 400 books, including many by Altadena authors such as Zane Grey and Jean Burden, and has been enhanced with additional volumes of local interest donated by the Altadena Library District.

Topics include Altadena, Altadenans, Mt. Lowe, the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena, the Los Angeles area, and Southern California. We also have a collection of local cookbooks.

Telephone directories

Who lived in your house? Thanks to our collection of over 75 historical and current phone directories for the Altadena area, you can trace inhabitants back to 1911. Some directories in this rare collection include not only the names of residents, but occupations as well.


AHS has a collection of pamphlets dating back to the early 1900s that cover topics such as community planning, business and industry, houses, churches, Dawn Mine, Mt. Lowe, Mt. Wilson, Christmas Tree Lane, organizations throughout the foothill communities and numerous others.

Altadena Historical Society
730 E. Altadena Dr.  MAP
Altadena, CA 91001-2351

Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Call 626-797-8016

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