The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Marin County Free Library
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427
San Rafael, California
Repository URL: http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/lb/main/crm/index.html
Repository description (extant): The Anne T. Kent California History Room is an archive dedicated to collecting and preserving information on local, regional, and state history with a strong emphasis on the history and culture of Marin County. Resources include books, maps, photographs, oral histories, biography files, early Marin County voter registers, clippings and ephemera. In the early 1930s, County Librarian, Virginia Keating, started what was to become the California Room with a small collection of books kept in a locked case in the basement of the old Marin County Courthouse in San Rafael, the first home of the Marin County Free Library. Because so little had been written on Marin County history, Mrs. Keating also began collecting ephemera, photographs and other primary sources. The California Room is named after Anne T. Kent, who, in the 1920s, was instrumental in establishing the Marin County Free Library System and in 1974, with Carla Ehat, pioneered the California Room oral history program. Since 1962, the collection has been housed in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. Thanks to the hard work and generous donations of generations of Marin County citizens, our archive has grown substantially.
Repository type: Public Library
Carla Ehat oral history program