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"Annual Edition of the Whittier News, 1924." Whittier Historical Publication Collection. PER-001
"Annual Edition of the Whittier News, 1924." Whittier Historical Publication Collection. PER-001

Whittier Phone Directories

Through a partnership with California Revealed, and funded by the California State Library, the Whittier Public Library has made available online 57 Whittier-area phone directories, spanning 1904 to 1948. They cover Whittier as well as La Habra and Pico Rivera. These were donated to the library by Whittier High School alumnus Ginger Clark in 2016.

Whittier City and Street Directories (currently library use only)

The two oldest city directories housed in the Whittier History Room have been digitized: 1903 and 1911. Here you can also find Whittier Street Number Changes, which is useful in researching the pre-1966 history of a Whittier home or building.

Whittier Chamber of Commerce Publications (currently library use only)

The Whittier Board of Trade (later called the Whittier Chamber of Commerce) published pamphlets in the early 1900s meant to attract new residents from the East and Midwest. These pamphlets contain a wealth of enthusiastically expressed information on the Whittier of that era.

Periodicals (currently library use only)

Publications from the Whittier History Room's collection that have been digitized include Whittier City School District: 100 Years 1898-1998, the Whittier Daily News Annual Edition, articles from Out West Magazine, and a periodical called Whittier Boys and Girls Magazine, printed by students at Whittier State School (later called Fred C. Nelles School for Boys).