Library & Archives

The Museum’s library and archives contain rare books, published and unpublished manuscripts, ephemera, documents, newspapers and maps related to or descriptive of the county’s land as well as the cultural and historical experiences of the people of Marin County. The library also maintains the Marin History Museum’s Oral History Video Collection. The library and archives aim to serve researchers, scholars and community members by providing assisted access to these materials. 

If you are interested in doing research in MHM's LIbrary & Archives please contact Marcie Miller

The Museum maintains numerous collections donated by individuals & organizations. Among others, there are the following:

The historic Marin County Newspaper Collection which begins with the first edition printed in 1861, to modern IJs.  Newspapers include: The Marin Journal, Marin County Tocsin, The Independent, San Rafael Daily Independent, the Independent Journal, The Marin Independent Journal, Marin Scope, Marin Magazine, The Sausalito and the Mill Valley Record-Enterprise.

​The County Record Collection: This collection includes original bound volumes of the county’s records beginning in 1851.  They include mortgages, chattel mortgages, release of mortgages, bonds, marriage licenses, candidates for office statements, certificates of sale and real estate assessments.
​Verna Dunshee Collection
This collection includes Ms. Dunshee’s personal correspondence, awards, photographs, correspondence and documents from her efforts with the Marin Conservation League regarding Angel Island State Park, Mount Tamalpais, Marin Parks, Point Reyes National Seashore, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Stinson Beach and Tomales Bay State Park.
The San Quentin Collection
The San Quentin Collection is composed of historic and modern photographs of California's first state prison as well as journals, prisoner art, copies of the prison newspaper, personal memoriabilia from Warden Clinton Truman Duffy, prisoners logs, photo albums and unusual artifacts rarely seen.