Holdings and other Notes:
Memorial Library houses extensive materials in Fine Arts, historic
Kern County and California Maps and Photographs, Genealogy, and
Geology, Mining, Petroleum (GMP), and Local History. The genealogy
collection contains books, magazines, printed vital records, and
books on heraldry and family names. Complete California census
records through 1920 are available on microfilm. Also, the library
has the microfiche index to the collection of the Sutro Library.
Room at the Beale Memorial Library is open all hours the library is
open. Volunteers from the Kern County Genealogical Society are on
hand to assist patrons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day, Monday
through Saturday. Genealogy Hours: Monday through Saturday 1:00pm -
4:00pm. Will open upon request.
Subject Strengths: Individual State collections, surnames, 250 state
periodicals, foreign section, mostly the British Isles, War of the
Rebellion Official Records of the Union & Confederate Records of the
Union and Confederate Armies, Draper Manuscripts Index & Abstracts,
Bakersfield Directories 1899-, Sacramento Bee Index 1857-1905,
California census on microfilm, Kern County newspapers.
1940, 1850 and 1920 census indexes, Works Projects for each state,
National Compendium Biographies and International Biographies. The
Jack Maguire Local History Room at the Beale Memorial Library houses
the Local History Collection, which contains county and community
histories, California Indian tribes, books about overland journeys,
and material about outlaws who were active in Kern County and
California, Bakersfield City Directories from 1899 through the
present, directories of other Kern County cities as well as phone
books and the Haines Directory from 1972 to present. Index to the
History Room is open Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.,
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. No materials
are allowed outside the room; copy machines are available. Mail or
fax arrangements may be made by calling the Local History Librarian
at (661) 868-0775.