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Special Collections

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The Special Collections area of the Pomona Public Library contains thousands of items relating to California, Pomona, and local area history, and more. Special Collections Staff regularly answer inquiries from all over the United States and the world. Some of the more significant materials housed in Special Collections include:

  • California - over 3,000 books pertaining to California history
  • Frasher Photos - approximately 60,000 prints and negatives
  • Citrus Box Labels - approximately 4,200 labels, the largest collection of any public library in the nation
  • Padua Theatre/Mexican Players Collection - play scripts, scores, photos, theater programs and artifacts
  • California Wine Label Collection - approximately 10,000 items
  • Willis Kerr Philately Collection - approximately 1200 items
  • Clara Webber Collection of Historic Children's Books


The Special Collections room is located on the lower level of the Pomona Public Library and is currently available by appointment only. You can request an appointment, by calling 909-620-2043 and speaking to a reference Librarian.

Special Collections materials do not circulate and must be examined in the Special Collections room. Photographic reproductions of negatives and prints contained in the collection may be obtained for a fee.

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