Search Historical Torrance Newspapers and
Thanks to a partnership between the City of Torrance, the
Torrance Historical Society, and the Friends of the Torrance
Library, you now have the capability to search the Torrance
Herald, Torrance Press (started as Peninsula Press in '49),
and the City Directories, online! All three publications are
the best sources of Torrance history from 1914 through the 1970s.
to begin your search.
Each group contributed $20,000 to digitize and make these
historic documents just a click away. Now, you can sit at
home at midnight and search for information.
The archives are fully searchable, with additional search
functions such as:
- Phonetic Searching (in case you don't know how to spell
Zamperini, but know how it sounds)
- Stemming Searching (to find ride, rides, riders, and
riding all at once)
- "Fuzzy Searching" (to find with typos and misspellings, such as Isabelle - actually
spelled Isabel - Henderson, the first Librarian in Torrance)
- Searching by date range
Each image is the full page from the
newspaper, including photographs and
advertisements. Take a peek for yourself.
Michael C.C. George, Reference Librarian at the Torrance Public Library, has
prepared a presentation entitled,
"If Walls Could Talk: Discovering the History
in Your House", a short guide to home history.
The Los Angeles County
Assessor's page is the place to check
maps and housing records.