Approximately 8500 books, documents & periodicals focus primarily on Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area, and also include California as a whole. Search for materials on California and Marin in the Library's MARINet catalog.
Organized into approximately 200 subject categories, all pertaining to Marin County. Topics covered in this collection can be found in the Library's MARINet catalog.
Our ongoing oral history program was started in 1974 by Anne Kent and Carla Ehat, and the archive now includes approximately 400 interviews. All are listed in the MARINet catalog. Some of the transcripts are available online through our Digital Archive.
Over 9,000 photographs document Marin County and Northern California, c.1870 – c.1975. Some of these photographs can be viewed on our Digital Archive.
Extensive biography files contain information and obituaries on Marin County residents including pioneers, politicians, authors and artists.
Marin County Directories
Business directories and phone books range from 1878 – present.
San Francisco Directories
Business directories and phone books range from 1861 – 1977.
Marin County Voter Registers
Marin County Voter Register affidavits range from 1908 – 1935. The voter register indexes cover the period 1868 – 1932.
Over 500 historical maps of Marin County and 200 of California.
An interactive Marin County Rancho map is available on our Digital Archive.
Ancestry.com Library Edition
The Library Edition of Ancestry.com, available at the Civic Center Branch and in the Anne T. Kent California Room, is a powerful database which includes census records, birth, marriage & death records, military records and other resources for genealogical research.
Primary source materials on a wide variety of subjects, all pertaining to Marin County.
Historic Homes in Marin
Junior League of San Francisco survey In 1968, the Junior League of San Francisco published: Here Today: San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage. It includes a chapter on Marin County with a description of historic homes. Our collection consists of their work sheets documenting approximately 440 Marin homes & buildings.
Historic Inventory of Homes & Buildings in California In 1977, The State Department of Parks and Recreation conducted a “Historic Resources Inventory of Homes and Buildings in California.” Our collection consists of their inventory sheets documenting approximately 300 structures in Marin
The Dr. Leo Stanley Collection on San Quentin Prison
Consists of personal journals, travel diaries, prison records, clippings, medical papers, photographs and ephemera on the history of San Quentin Prison. Dr. Stanley was the prison doctor at San Quentin Prison from 1913 to 1951. Some photographs from this collection are available on our Digital Archive.
The Stinson Family Collection
Papers focus on the family’s property holdings at Bolinas and Stinson Beach. Photograph albums depict family activities at Stinson Beach and elsewhere. A further description of this collection can be found in the Library's MARINet catalog
The Kent Family Collection
Photographs & ephemera pertaining to the Kent Family who settled in Marin County in 1871 and who had extensive land holdings in the Ross Valley (Kentfield) and the Mt. Tamalpais area. Also, papers and writings of Congressman, William Kent, and his wife, Elizabeth Thatcher Kent. Materials from this collection are available in the following digital collections:
Frank Lloyd Wright & The Marin County Civic Center
Books, documents and photographs on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, with a special emphasis on the Marin County Civic Center. Some materials are available on our Digital Archive.
Mountain Play Collection
The first six decades of the Mountain Plays (1913-1972) performed in the outdoor amphitheater on Mt. Tamalpais are well documented in the Mountain Play Association scrapbooks which include photographs, play programs, clippings and ephemera. Some materials from these scrapbooks are available on our Digital Archive.
Several hundred essays expounding on multiple facets of Marin County life and history written and compiled by members of the Federal Writers Project of the WPA, c.1936. The WPA also assembled clipping files, organized by subject, from Marin County newspapers, c.1861-1939.