The Newport Beach Public Library, in association with the City Arts Commission, who play an important role in the preservation of historical and cultural aspects of the community, maintains several Special Collections related to the City's history and development. The Local History Collection is located on the upper level of the Central Library for in Library use only. The Nautical Collection is at the Balboa Branch Library. Please ask staff for assistance in finding historical materials.
Research Guide for Newport Beach.
The Balboa Island Museum has an array of exhibits related to the history of Newport Beach and Balboa Island. The museum's collections are comprised of objects, documents, and photographs reflecting the history of Balboa Island and the surrounding area.
The Newport Beach Historical Society connects people – past, present and future – by collecting, inspiring, educating, preserving and protecting the unique and vibrant history of the City of Newport Beach, including Balboa, Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, its islands and offshore, the Back Bay, Newport Coast and Newport Mesa.
The California State Library selected Newport Beach as the California History Section's City of the Month. This distinction highlights organizations involved in local cultural preservation and outreach, as well as the varied local history resources available to researchers at the State Library. Click the link above to access the Newport Beach History Research Guide.