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Jack Maguire Local History Room

Named for major benefactor Jack Maguire (1913-1985), the Local History collection contains over 20,000 books, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, vault materials, and vertical files on over 900 subjects. The room's most popular items include Bakersfield City Directories dating back to 1899; Kern County Telephone directories dating back to 1940; and donated elementary, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. Some primary sources in the collection go as far back as the 1800s.

The collection materials do not check out and can only be used in the Jack Maguire Local History Room.
Hours are subject to staff availability, to insure access please call a week in advance of your visit,

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For an appointment, call (661) 868-0770.

Local History Digitization Grant Project

Kern County Library is one of twenty California libraries participating in the Local History Digital Resources Project. The goal of this project is to create an online archive of two-hundred local history photographs that are not usually seen by the public and illuminate the multifaceted story of Kern County. Our previous digitation project, The San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Foothills Photo heritage collection, is available online at .

J.P. "Jack" Maguire Local History Map Collection

View an interactive map of historical places in Kern County.

These historic maps create a visual documentation of long established streets, buildings, land use, and real estate in Kern County:

  • Aerial Maps of Kern County in 1950
  • Aerial Index of Maps of Kern County from 1973 to 1975
  • Agricultural, flood, and land use maps
  • Historic maps of Kern County and Bakersfield

Available Finding Aids and Indices
Finding aids are browsable guides to the collections in the Jack Maguire Local History Room

View a 1969 Suggested Development Areas map of El Tejon. (Adobe PDF, 800 KB)

Mail or fax arrangements may be made by calling the Local History Librarian at (661) 868-0775

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