Museum Collections


Records and Documents

Early land grant records and land transfers

Western Empire Suburban Farm Association land records, stocks and account ledgers

City permits (early community development)

City of Tujunga accounts records

Bade Mortuary records 1928 to 1959 and 1960 and 1970 (no records of 1961 to 1969)

Verdugo Hills Cemetery records

Records from local businesses and community organizations

Family documents including oral history documents and tapes

Obituaries of local residents (collected from various sources)

Veterans Registry (veterans in our community who wish to participateórecords updated as new entries are received)


Map Collection

Historical maps

Sunland-Tujunga street maps

Geology and Hydrology maps

Survey maps

Touring and Recreational maps

City/District planning and zoning maps


Local Memorabilia

Native American tools and crafts

Home and farm tools from early 20th century

Clothing, textiles and costumes

Handmade crafts from local artists

Sheet music and recordings

Artifacts of early community infrastructure


Local community and community organization scrapbooks

Promotional materials for local events including; the† community Watermelon Festival, the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Show and Easter Carnival.

Historical home tour notebooks and records

Historical data on some early homes in the area

Memorabilia from local celebrities and notorious residents


Published Material

Verdugo Hills High School yearbooks, 1939 to current year (missing 1986 and 1987).† Because of WWII, no yearbook was published in 1943 and an abbreviated version with a paper cover was published in 1944.† It was common for high school students to choose not to publish a yearbook during the war years.† They chose to put all their efforts into winning the war.


Sunland-Tujunga telephone directories 1923-current year

Local Newspapers:

The Record-Ledger, 1922 to 1987 (missing a few years)

The Foothill Sentinel, May 2002 to October 2004

The North Valley Reporter, September 2006 to most recent issue

Voice of the Village, November 2010 to last issue

The Foothill Record, 2014 to present

The Foothills Paper, February 2005 to present

The Community Calendar, March 1998 to April 2002

Published books that are wholly or in part about Sunland-Tujunga including; local history, poetry, manuscripts and theses, local agriculture, Native Americans, geology, mining, and early women pioneers

Published works by local authors, poets and organizations


Photography and Art Collections

The museum has a large collection of photographs of the area and its residents from 1885 to the present. Of this collection approximately 20,000 images have been digitized and are available to view at the museum.

This collection includes photographic prints and negatives  and represents a collection of photographic technology  from the period of large format glass plates to 35mm film.

The photographic archives has a very extensive collection of photos and negatives of early Sunland-Tujunga taken by Joseph (J. Harry) Lamson, spanning the years 1913 to 1950.†

We are also pleased to have many photographic negatives from the Al and Marie Elliott Collection (photographers for several local newspapers, including the Record-Ledger) spanning the years between 1948 and 1970.† A partial index for the years 1963-1970 is available.

In all, the museumís photographic collection contains photographs from 215 donors and donor organizations.

The museum also has a small collection of objets díart, as well as drawings, water color and oil paintings depicting the community.  The collection specializes in art about the Sunland-Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, and Shadow Hills areas.

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If you have an item you would like to donate, we would be very happy to review that item for possible placement

into our collections.

Because of the foresight of all the volunteers who came before us who made Bolton Hall Museum, we have the many items in our archives to tell the story of our community.† Our archives continue to grow thanks to people who care about our history.†



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