In the photo is Deya Terrafranca, Research Library and Archives Director and a copy of The Daily Free Press from Dec.14, 1887. Photos by Patricia Schallert
The Research Library and Archives at the Museum of Ventura County houses a vast collection of resources pertaining to the history of Ventura County and its outlying regions. The collection spans the Chumash Indians, the Mission and Rancho periods, early settlement, commercialization, industrialization, to present times. The collection includes books, newspapers, clipping and ephemera files, maps, oral histories, ledgers, microfilm, manuscript collections, and photographs, just to name a few. Currently open Wednesday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, the public can visit by making an appointment online (https://venturamuseum.org).
Staff and volunteers are available to assist researchers to conduct historical and genealogical research on any number of local subjects and families. The Museum is currently requiring masks in all indoor spaces, including the Research Library and Archives.