Los Angeles Public Library. Browse the extensive photograph collection. The collection contains many interesting images from Torrance . Get a Los Angeles City Library Card to view Sanborn maps going back 70 years.
It can be very difficult to research the history of a
residence. The LA Public Library has a guide for
The UCLA Library Digital Collections
provide a wide array of historic information.
The USC Digital Archive provides access to over 100,000 photographs, maps, manuscripts, records, texts and sound recordings owned by USC and collaborating institutions.
Historical Societies, Museums & Archives in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County birth, death & marriage records are
available at the
Los Angeles County Recorder-Registrar's Website.
The Los Angeles Conservancy
is preserving and revitalizing Greater Los Angeles'
The Historic Places LA
website inventories, maps and helps protect the City of Los
Angeles' significant historic resources.
The Online Archive of California brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available
The California Preservation Foundation
promotes historic preservation state-wide.
California History Resource Guide is a curated list of
resources on California history.
Visit the Manhattan
Beach Historical Society website.
The City of Torrance's Historic Preservation
website is here.
For more information and a list of properties on the Historic Resources
Survey, please visit the City's Historic Preservation pages.
Contact Community Development Department for
additional questions at (310) 618-5990 or via email CDDinfo@TorranceCA.gov
or postal mail to 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503.
For more information and examples please see how the
Los Angeles Conservancy
is preserving and revitalizing Greater Los Angeles' architectural
Information regarding the
Mills Act - from Office of Historic Preservation.
Federal and State Designation Programs
(from the Office of Historic Resources)
HPOZ Overlay Zones, incentives and more.
Local History Collection from the Palos Verdes Public Library. Interesting materials about the history of the Peninsula and surrounding areas.
South Bay History South
Bay history blog by Sam Gnerre, archivist for the Daily
Santa Monica Public Library's photograph collections and local history materials.
California Newspaper Project. What newspapers covered Torrance in the early years? Where can you find a copy of the 1890 Daily Breeze? Who's on First? All but one of these questions may be answered through the California Newspaper Project.
California Historical Society
Dominguez Rancho Adobe
California Historical Landmarks from the California Office of Historic Preservation. Information on historic places in California by county.
The National Trust
champions preservation by providing leadership, education,
advocacy, and resources to people working to preserve, improve
and enjoy the places that matter to them.
City of Torrance Green Remodeling
provides guidelines for remodeling in an environmentally
friendly and energy-efficient manner.
Architectural Design Guidelines Are Available
for purchase from the City of Torrance.
The City of Torrance's Historic Preservation website is
Community Development Department
3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503
You can pay via cash or a check made payable to "City of Torrance".
The cost is $5.00.
The goal of the Architectural Design Guidelines is to help homeowners in Old
Torrance who want to update their home, yet maintain the same charm and
architectural characteristics that make this neighborhood work.