Now Part of the Online Archive of California

The Perris Valley Museum Historical Archives is proud to announce it is now a contributing member of the Online Archive of California and Calisphere.

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to archival collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.

You may view the three finding aids of the Perris Valley Museum Historical Archives hosted on the OAC website at

Special Unveiling Ceremony Wednesday, January 29

The Perris Valley Museum Historical Archives cordially invites the public to a special unveiling ceremony of its 1880 edition of Thompson and West’s History of Los Angeles County, California.

This book is considered to be “one of the most historically-significant volumes of Southern California history.”  The volume held by the Perris Valley Museum Historical Archives is one of thirty-four known in existence, and only one of thee known locally accessible to the public.

What makes this book particularly significant to the city of Perris is who once owned it.  The book once belonged to Frederick Thomas Perris, chief engineer of the California Southern Railway and the city of Perris’s namesake.  Fred Perris had an impressive private library in his home on D Street in San Bernardino, which was said to include an oversized world atlas gifted to him by Rand McNally of the publishing house after he stayed with the Perris family while in Southern California.  It is believed this book was part of a collection gifted to the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association in the early 1980’s by Oscar Washington Perris, Jr., Fred Perris’s grandson.

The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the archive’s facility located in the historic Bank of Perrris building.  Light refreshments will be served.

An R.S.V.P. is requested before January 24 via either e-mail to or via telephone at (951) 657-6700.