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The Research Library provides online access to many of the Museum's library and archival resources. For additional information regarding these, or any other resources, or to make an appointment, please email us at

Digital Collections

Many of the Research Library's archival materials are available in digital form through the Biodiversity Heritage Library. We initially upload archival materials to the Internet Archive, and they later become available at the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Materials include the field note collections of Laurence M. Klauber, Frank Stephens, Laurence M. Huey, and Charles Russell Orcutt. Other items include field reports of Stephens (1902-1903) and Jose Maria Gallegos's Exploracion en la Sierra de San Pedro Martir e Isla de Guadalupe (1923).

San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library collections at the Biodiversity Heritage Library

San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library collections on the Internet Archive

Image Collection on Flickr

The Research Library's collection of digital images on is a selection from our collection, representing a fraction of our total holdings. Our goal is to introduce the public to the Museum's photograph collection by making low-resolution images available for research, education, and public re-use. High-resolution images may be ordered for personal and commercial use for a small fee. Please contact the Research Library for more information or download the digital image order form (PDF).

Finding Aids

Finding aids are descriptive inventories for our archival records and manuscript collections. The Research Library's finding aids are available online through The Online Archive of California, a union database of finding aids for many California repositories (including the archives of university libraries, museums, and historical societies).

Search our historical records collection on the Online Archive of California

Collection Highlights

Finding Aid to the Margaret Wood Bancroft Collection, 1929-1951
Finding Aid to the Laurence M. Huey Collection, 1916-1962
Finding Aid to the Reid Moran Collection, 1957-1982
Finding Aid to the Anthony Wayne Vogdes Collection, 1904-1920

Browse all of our collections at the OAC

Search the Library Catalog

The Research Library's 56,000 volume collection includes both standard and uncommon reference works, journals, rare books, and maps. In addition, the library catalog contains records of our archives.


If you have problems accessing our catalog at LibraryWorld, please try a different web browser. We recommend Chrome.

JSTOR Access

The San Diego Natural History Museum maintains a site license to access the online journal repository, JSTOR. You must connect to this link while in the Museum itself; there is no remote access.