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Since 1935, Marin History Museum has built and preserved a unique historical collection that documents life in Marin County from the time of the Miwok Indians to the present.  The Museum strives to create exhibitions and programs that provide relevant links to contemporary issues both locally and globally.  With a collection of over 200,000 photographs, the Museum provides an excellent resource for researching Marin's rich history.



The Louise Arner Boyd Collection includes a unique combination of personal correspondence and expedition files donated to MHM in the 1960s by the explorer and socialite Louise Boyd. The bulk of the archive collection consists of approximately 2,500 paper files recording Louise Boyd’s seven Arctic expeditions spanning the years of 1926-1955.  The files include everything from telegraph communications to expedition supply lists to charts and maps used during her explorations. This collection also includes 18 oversize rolled maps, 15 photo albums, 4 scrapbooks and 7 travel journals dating from 1909 to 1960.

In 1949, Ed Brady bought a plane and began flying out of the San Rafael Airport in Santa Venetia. Partnering with Jack Van Wart they founded Aero Photographers, Inc. (API) in 1954, and began documenting the rapid growth of  Marin County and numerous other California locations.

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