The Center’s Archival Collections contain historical records such as documents, artifacts, photographs and media relevant to and associated with persons, places, organizations, institutions and events in La Mesa History. Archival materials are provided to researchers and scholars at the Center’s Palermo Building Research Room, located behind the McKinney House.
The Center’s Archives is not a lending institution but the Archives has photocopying and photo print capabilities available for a fee.
The Research Room is regularly open each Saturday from 1 to 4pm (excepting holidays).
The Center’s archival collections include documents, photographs, microfilm, video and audio oral history collections, books and other published and unpublished archival materials.
These are made available to researchers at the Center’s Palermo Building Research Room. These items may be original materials, if prepared for handling, or the information may be presented via photocopies or microfilm.
Many researchers come to the archives to research their houses, look up family members or confirm past events.
Some of the most popular archival collections include the microfilm of the La Mesa Scout newspaper, city directories (1887-1973), and the yearbooks from Grossmont and Helix High Schools.
One of the Center’s most popular collections is its extensive historic photograph collection. The collection includes thousands of images dating from the late 1800s to the present.
These invaluable photographic images document La Mesa’s historic landscape including buildings, civic organization and institutions, businesses, schools, events, community leaders, individuals and long-time families.
The Center is actively collecting additional images, including film and video, of La Mesa for its photographic archives.
We also now have the ability to scan original images so that the originals can stay in the possession of the owner if wished. If you have historical images to donate, please visit the Archives.
Per its purpose and mission, the La Mesa History Center collects objects that are relevant to La Mesa area history. The Center’s main object collections are used to furnish the McKinney House Museum. The majority of the objects and artifacts collected are those directly associated with the McKinney House and its interpretive period of 1908-1920.
The LMHC’s archival and object collections will have a specific connection to the cultural history of La Mesa and its historically associated neighboring communities and/or provide support for interpretive/educational themes and programs.
Potential collection items include furnishings, equipment, personal items and historical records of individuals, organizations and institutions.
As noted the Center’s Archival Collections contain historical records such as documents, artifacts, photographs and/or relevant to and associated with persons, places, organizations, institutions and events in La Mesa History
Inventory and cataloging of the Archival Collections is underway. The goal is to be able to provide researchers with a Catalog of Collections finding aid. This finding aid is still UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Over the years local historians and Center members have completed research and have written papers and manuscripts on various subjects. We are in the process of preparing research papers for posting on this site.
Keep an eye out for future postings to this UNDER CONSTRUCTION page.