Ventura County Research Bibliography

Native Americans of Ventura County

Archaeology of Oak Park, Ventura County, California / edited by C. William Clewlow, Jr., Helen Fairman Wells, Allen G. Pastron. Los Angeles: Institute of Archaeology, University of California, 1978-9; 3v.; illus.

Breath of the sun : life in early California / as told by a Chumash Indian, Fernando Librado, to John P. Harrington ; edited with notes by Travis Hudson ; illustrated by Georgia Lee.  Banning, CA : Malki Museum Press ; [S.l.] : Ventura County Historical Society, 1979, c1980.  xv, 178 p. : ill.   

Grant, Campbell.  The rock paintings of the Chumash: a story of a California Indian culture /  by Campbell Grant. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; San Luis Obispo, Calif.: EZ Nature Books, 1993. 

Greenwood, Roberta S.  A Coastal Chumash Village: Excavations of Shisholop, Ventura County, California by Roberta S. Greenwood and R.O. Browne. Los Angeles: Southern California Academy of Science, 1969. 79 p.; illus.  

Heizer, Robert F. California Indian history : a classified and annotated guide to source materials / by Robert F. Heizer, Karen M. Nissen and Edward D. Castillo. Ramona CA : Ballena Press, 1975. vi, 90 p., [1] leaf of plates : maps ; 28 cm.

Landberg, Leif C. W. The Chumash Indians of southern California / by Leif C. W. Landberg. Los Angeles : Southwest Museum, 1965.  xiv, 158 p. : ill., maps, port.  (Southwest Museum papers ; no. 19)

Lee, Georgia. The Chumash cosmos: effigies, ornaments, incised stones and rock paintings of the Chumash Indians / by Georgia Lee. Arroyo Grande CA: Bear Flag Books, c1997. 

Miller, Bruce W.  Chumash: a picture of their world / written and illustrated by Bruce W. Miller.    Los Osos, CA : Sand River Press, c1988.  144 p. : ill.   


The Mission Period and Mission San Buenaventura

Bicentennial San Buenaventura, 1782-1982 / edited by Ann D. Snider. Bicentennial Committee of San Buenaventura Mission: 1982; 66 p.; col. illus.; plates.

The California missions : a pictorial history / by the Sunset editors ; editor, Dorothy Krell. Spencer. Menlo Park, Calif. : Sunset Books Inc., 1999. 319 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 27 cm.

Engelhardt, Zephyrin. San Buenaventura, the Mission by the Sea / by Fr. Zephyrin Engelhardt. Santa Barbara:  Mission Santa Barbara,1930; 166 p.; illus.; ports.; map.  

Exhibits from Spanish Archives in Case of Ex-Mission of San Buenaventura. San Francisco: J.H. Carmany and Co., 1874; 70 p..

The Letters of Jose Senan, O.F.M., Mission San Buenaventura, 1796-1823. San Francisco: J. Howell Books, 1962; 175 p.; map; printed for the Ventura Co. Historical Society.

Macmillan, Dianne. Missions of the Los Angeles Area / by Dianne MacMillan. Minneapolis, Minn.: Lerner Publications: c1996; 80 pgs.; col. illus.; indexed.

Margaret, Amy. Mission San Buenaventura. New York: PowerKids Press, 2000. 64 p. : col.ill. ; 23 cm 

The Mission by the Sea: A Documentary History of San Buenaventura Mission / compiled and edited by Francis J. Weber; (1978); 233 pgs.; art work by Anthony Kroll.

Weber, Francis J. A History of San Buenaventura Mission /  by Francis J. Weber. San Buenaventura Gift Shop: c1977; 127 p.; illus.  

California Histories

Bean, Walton.  California : an interpretive history / Walton Bean, James J. Rawls. 5th ed. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1988. xx, 522 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Beck, Warren A.  California: a history of the Golden State [by] Warren A. Beck and David A. Williams. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1972.  xiv, 552 p. illus. 24 cm

California historical landmarks by California. Dept. of Parks and Recreation. Sacramento : California Dept. of Parks and Recreation, 1964- 

Courthouses of California : an illustrated history / edited with an introduction by Ray McDevitt ; foreword by Chief Justice Ronald M. George. San Francisco, Calif. : California Historical Society;  Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday Books, c2001. xviii, 365 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.

Francis, Jessie Davies. An economic and social history of Mexican California, 1822-1846 : volume I, Chiefly economic / Jessie Davies Francis. New York : Arno Press, 1976.  xviii, 803 p. ; 24 cm.

Garrison, Myrtle. Romance and history of California ranchos / by Myrtle Garrison ; illus. by William Johnson Goodacre. San Francisco : Harr Wagner Pub. Co., 1935. 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

A Guide to the history of California / edited by Doyce B. Nunis, Jr., and Gloria Ricci Lothrop. New York : Greenwood Press, 1989. xii, 309 p. ; 25 cm.

Jensen, Joan M. California women : a history / Joan M. Jensen, Gloria Ricci Lothrop. Sparks, NV : Materials for Today's Learning, 1988. 192 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.

Lavender, David Sievert. California : a bicentennial history / David Lavender. New York : Norton, c1976.ix, 243 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.

Pitt, Leonard. The decline of the Californios : a social history of the Spanish-speaking Californians, 1846-1890 / by Leonard Pitt. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1966.  x, 324 p. : ill., ports. ; 27 cm.

Rice, Richard B.  The elusive eden : a new history of California / Richard B. Rice, William A. Bullough, Richard J. Orsi. New York : Knopf, c1988. xix, 618 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Richman, Irving Berdine. California under Spain and Mexico, 1535-1847: a contribution toward the history of the Pacific Coast of the United States, based on original sources, chiefly manuscripts, in the Spanish and Mexican archives and other repositories.  Boston: Houghton, 1911. 541 p. : ill., maps, plans, charts.

Rolle, Andrew F. California : a history / Andrew Rolle. 5th ed., rev. and expanded. Wheeling, IL : Harlan Davidson, c1998.  xi, 371 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

Starr, Kevin. California : a history / Kevin Starr. New York : Modern Library, c2005. xxv, 370 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

Street, Richard Steven. Beasts of the field : a narrative history of California farm workers, 1769-1913 / Richard Steven Street. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004. 904 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Truman, Ben. C. Semi-tropical California: Its Climate, Healthfulness, Productiveness and Scenery by Maj. Ben. C. Truman. San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft and Co., 1874; 204 p.

Watkins, T. H. (Tom H.). California : an illustrated history updated / by T.H. Watkins. New York : American Legacy Press, c1983. 543 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.

White, Gerald Taylor. Formative years in the far West : a history of Standard Oil Company of California and predecessors through 1919 / Gerald T. White. New York : Arno Press, 1976, c1962. xv, 694 p., [13] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

Regional Histories

African-Americans on the Central Coast : a photo essay depicting aspects of the life of the African-American community in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura exhibit compiled and booklet edited by the members of the Black Gold System Advisory Board operating as the Photo Easy Project Task Forace, Dorothy Brilliant, photo essay project chair. [Ventura, Calif.] : Black Gold Cooperative Library System, 1993. 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill., ports. ; 28 cm.  

Gidney, Charles. History of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties, California. by Charles Gidney, Benjamin Brooks, Edwin M. Sheridan. Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Co.: 1917; 2v.; ports.  

McCready, Linda A. Most gentle wilderness : pioneering on the Southern California coast / Linda A. McCready. Rancho Cordova, CA : Woman's Work Press, cl988.  275 p. : ports.  

Mason, Jesse D. History of Santa Barbara County, California, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Jesse D. Mason. Oakland, CA: Thompson & West: 1883.

Mason, Jesse D. Reproduction of  Thompson and West's History of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, California. Berkeley: Howell-North:c1961. 477p.; illus.; plates; ports. 

Homes, Health and Pleasure in Southern California. San Buenaventura, CA: 1883; 42 p.; plates

Storke, Yda Addis. A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California by Yda Addis Storke (Chicago:Lewis Publishing Co.:1991); 677 p..; plates; ports.

Ventura County Histories

A. Levy: A History. Virginia Beach, VA.: Donning Co.:c1991; 160pgs; illus.; indexed.  

Blanchard, Dean Hobbs. Of California’s First Citrus Empire: A Rainbow Arches from Maine to Ventura, California/ by Dean Hobbs Blanchard. [Santa Paula, CA.]: D.H. Blanchard: 1983); 215 p..; illus.

Cleland, Robert Glass. The Place Called Sespe; The History of a California Ranch / by Robert Glass Cleland. Chicago: private printing: 1940. (Reprint- San Marino: Huntington Library: 1957); 120 p.; maps; illus.  

A Comprehensive Story of Ventura County, California.  Oxnard, CA.: M&N Printing, c1979. 252 p.; illus.

The Cultural Heritage Board presents Ventura County Historical Landmarks & Points of Interest. by the Cultural Heritage Board. Ventura, CA.: Ventura County Parks & Harbor Foundation, 1992)  

Fischer, Ron. The barns of Ventura County: a photographic journey / Ron Fischer. Publication info: [s.l : s.n.] 2004. 120 p. : col. ill., 

Hauf, Tim. Ventura County: a photographic perspective / by Tim Hauf; text by Jim Woodard. [California]: Tim Hauf Photography, c2001. 109 p.: chiefly col. ill. ; 27 x 29 cm.

Master index to Ventura County's early citizens.   [S.l.] : [S.n.]   1 v.  

Outland, Charles F. Man-made disaster: the story of St. Francis Dam / by Charles F. Outland. Glendale : A.H. Clark, 1963. 249 p. : ill., ports., fold. col. map ; 25 cm. (Western lands and waters series ; 3)  

Outland, Charles F.  Mines, Murders and Grizzlies: Tales of California's Ventura Back Country / by Charles F. Outland. Ventura Co. Historical Society:1969). (Reprint - Ventura Historical Society and the Arthur H. Clark Co.: 1986); 134 pgs.; illus; ports.  

Outland, Charles F. Sespe gunsmoke : an epic case of rancher versus squatters / by Charles F. Outland. [S.1.] : Arthur H. Clark Co. and Ventura County Museum of History & Art, c1991. 181 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

A Pictorial History of Ventura County, California. Oxnard: M&N, c1979; 252pgs.; chiefly illus.  

Robinson, W. W. The Story of Ventura County / by W.W. Robinson. Los Angeles: Title Insurance and Trust Co., 1955; 48 p.; illus.  

The St. Francis Dam disaster revisited / edited by Doyce B. Nunis, Jr.; photographic essay edited by Charles N. Johnson. Los Angeles : Historical Society of Southern California ; Ventura : Ventura County Museum of History & Art, c1995.   182 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.  

Sheridan, Edwin M. Reminiscences of Ventura County. / by Edwin M. Sheridan and Jefferson Crane (typewritten leaves:no date); 177 pgs. Compiled from the notes of Jefferson Crane. 

Sheridan, Edwin M. History of Ventura county, state of California : its people and its resources / Edward M. Sheridan, editor emeritus ; Harold McLean Meier, publisher. Los Angeles : Harold McLean Meier, c1940. 403 p. : ill., ports.

Sheridan, Sol M. History of Ventura County, California.  by Sol M. Sheridan. Chicago:  S.J. Clarke Publishing Co.: 1926. 2vol.; illus.; plates; ports.  

Triem, Judith P. Ventura County: land of good fortune: an illustrated history / by Judith P. Triem ; pictorial research by Patricia Sales. San Luis Obispo, CA : EZ Nature Books, 1990. 175 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.

Ventura County Historical Society. Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly
v.1=Nov. 1955 - ; v. for spring/summer 1995 issued with Southern California Quarterly.  


Coastal Stalwarts and the Camarillo Stake / compiled by Jean Pratt Taylor. Orem, Utah: Liberty Press: c1992; 246 p.; illus.

El Rancho Grande : "the story of Camarillo" / by Carmelita Nicholson. [Camarillo, Calif.] : [S.l.], 1944. 80 p. : ill.

Greater Camarillo....Then and Now / text by David White; photography by Hal Smith. Camarillo, CA.: Camarillo Chamber of Commerce:c1978; 80 pgs; illus.

The Quarterly of Camarillo. Camarillo, CA.: Camarillo State Hospital: c1992; v.1, no.1=Feb. 1965; ceased with v.2, no.4=Nov. 1966 .


Finley, Ellen M. Caswell Carl Elkins of Fillmore, California - His Life and Lineage / by Ellen M. Finley. Fillmore, CA.: Elkins Ranch Co.: 1993; 450 p.; illus; maps. 

Finley, Ellen M.  Notes on the History of Fillmore, California / by Ellen M. Finley (1988); illus.

Jarrett, Edith Moore. Old-timers' tales of Fillmore / Edith Moore Jarrett.   Ventura, CA : Ventura County Historical Society, c1983. 191 p. : ill.  


Boyle, Louis Morris. Out West: Growing Cymbidium Orchids and Other Flowers: The Story of El Rancho Rinconada / by Louis Morris Boyle. [Los Angeles]: 1952); 526 p.; illus; ports.  

Davenport Papers, 1899 - 1980. (n.p) 24,530 items housed at the Library of Congress. (Includes correspondence, memoranda, diaries, photos, etc. from Davenport's school years at Thacher School, Ojai, CA. ) 

Fry, Patricia L. The Ojai Valley : an illustrated history / by Patricia L. Fry.  Revised ed.  Ojai, CA: Matilija Press, 1999, c1983.  358 p. : ill.

Fry, Patricia L.  Nordhoff Cemetery : book one, 1870-1900 / by Patricia L. Fry with Dennis Mullican.  Ojai, CA : Matilija Press, c1992.  55 p.

James, Ellen Malino. Portrait of a Community: Ojai - Yesterdays and Today / by Ellen Malino James. Ojai, CA.: Ojai Valley News: c1984; 96 p.; illus.

Sheridan, Edwin M. Ojai / by Edwin M. Sheridan (typewritten:1925); 11 p. (Landmarks of Ventura Co.)

Makepeace, LeRoy McKin. Sherman Thacher and His School / by LeRoy McKim Makepeace. New Haven: Yale University Press,1941; 205 p.; plates; ports.

Huyler, John S. The Stamp of the School: Reminiscences of the Thacher School, 1949 - 1992 by John S. "Jack" Huyler. Seattle:  Special Child Publications: c1994; 400 p.; illus.

The Thacher School of Boys at Casa de Piedra Ranch in Ojai Valley, Nordhoff, Ventura County, CA. (San Francisco:Stanley- Taylor Co.:1911); 53 pgs.

Fry, Patricia L. A Thread to Hold: The Story of Ojai Valley School / by Patricia L. Fry. Santa Barbara: Fithian Press: 1996; 229 p.; illus; map.


Bidwell, Carol A. Oxnard : an illustrated history of a coastal sugar town / Carol A. Bidwell. Carlsbad, CA : Heritage Media Corp, 2002.   136 p. : ill. (some color), 31 cm.

Bloom, Verna. "Oxnard was busting out all over in the year it became a city, 1903."  Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly, February 1959, Vol. 4, pp.  13-20.   

Davis, Nathaniel James. The history of La Colonia in Oxnard, California / by Nathaniel James Davis.  Northridge, Calif. : s.n., n.d.  11 p. : col. ill., 28 cm.

Heil, Grant W., ed. Oxnard diamond jubilee, 1903-1978 / Grant W. Heil, editor. Ventura, CA : Ventura County Historical Society, 1978. 45 p. : ill.  

Maulhardt, Jeffrey Wayne.  Beans, beets & babies : the second generation of farming families of the Oxnard plain / by Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt.   Northridge, Calif. : MOBOOKS, c2001.  498 p. : ill., 29 cm.

Maulhardt, Jeffrey Wayne.  The first farmers of the Oxnard Plain: a biographical history of the Borchard and Maulhardt families.  [s.l.] : MOBOOKS, 1999.   264 p. ill

Mervyn, Catherine. A tower in the valley : the history of Santa Clara Church / by Catherine Mervyn.  Tappan, N.Y. : Custombook, c1989.  136 p. : ill. 

Miedema, Madeline. [Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly]  A giant step forward: a history of the Oxnard Public Library 1907-1992 / by Madeline Miedema.  Ventura, Calif. : Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 1992.  46 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

Port Hueneme

Brown, Oran Weston. The Lost Pueblo: Hueneme and Port Hueneme / by Oran Weston Brown O.W. Brown: c1981; 200 p.; illus; ports.

Greenland, Powell. Port Hueneme: A History / by Powell Greenland Oxnard, CA.: Ventura Maritime Museum, c1994; 174 p.; illus; maps; indexed.

Santa Paula

Blanchard, Sarah Elliot. Memories of a Child's Early California Days / by Sarah Elliot Blanchard. [Los Angeles]:  1961); 118 p.; illus.

Clarke, Robert M. Narrative of a Native / by Robert M. Clarke. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Co.: 1936; 160 p.; illus; plates.  

Henderson, Mary Alice Orcutt.   Glancing through the headlines : Santa Paula Chronicle "H. McPhee & Co., Proprietors" 1916-1924 / Mary Alice Orcutt Henderson. Santa Paula, Calif. : Santa Paula Historical Society, 1986. 230 p.  

Menchaca, Martha. The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization and Discrimination in California / by Martha Menchaca. Austin, TX.: University of Texas Press, 1995; 250 p.; illus; map; indexed.
A case study of the social conditions and race relations of Mexican Americans in Santa Paula.

 Simi Valley

Aleahmad, Linda. Simi Valley: Toward New Horizons - An Illustrated History / by Linda Aleahmad; pictorial research by Julie Jaskol. Chatsworth, CA.: Windsor Publications, 1990); 205 p.; illus; indexed.

Haigh, Gerald. Straw Roads: A Story of Simi Valley from 1908 to 1960, Ventura County, California / by Gerald Haigh. Simi Valley:  Simi Valley Historical Society, 1975); 98 p.; illus.

Harrington, Robert E.  Early Days in Simi Valley. Simi Valley, CA.: 1961; 119 pgs; illus.

Simi Valley Grows Up: The Story of Simi, Ventura County, California. s.n.: 1963; 119 p.; illus; ports.; maps.  


Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley

Allen, Patricia.  "History of Rancho El Conejo." Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly,  Spring, 1976; Vol. XXI, No. 3, Page number  2-97.

Bidwell, Carol A.  The Conejo Valley : old and new frontiers / by Carol A. Bidwell.  Northridge, CA : Windsor Publications, 1989.  175 p. : ill. (some col.) 

Fargo, Donna.  Conejo Valley Days : a history of Conejo Valley / prepared as a public service by Donna Fargo and Lois Landon of Farland Enterprises and Ed. and Marjorie Lawrence of Conejo Village Camera.  Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Farland Enterprises, c1966.  1 v. : ill. ; 22 cm. 

Russell, Joe.    "History of the Conejo Ranch." Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly,   February, 1957, Vol. II, No. 2,  p. 12-19.     


Bird's Eye View of San Buenaventura, Cal., 1877, from the Bay, Looking North / drawn and published by E.S. Glover. San Francisco:  A.L Bancroft & Co.:1877; lithograph reproduction by Bancroft Library, UC, Berkeley, CA; index to points of interest.

Denison, Richard. The first 100 years in Ventura: San Buenaventura, 1866-1966 / compiled, designed, written and published by Richard Denison & Murray Teichman. Ventura, CA: Denison & Teichman Advertising Agency, 1966. 98 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.  

Moore, Maurine. Ventura: mystic city by the sea / by Maurine Moore. Ventura, Calif. Seaview Publishing, 2000. 163 p.: ill., 22 cm.

Mott, Emma Drown. Legends and Lore of the Long Ago / by Emma Drown Mott. Los Angeles, CA.: Wetzel Publishing Co., 1929; 223 p.; plates; ports.  

Biographies and Autobiographies

Daily, Wendell P. An album of memories / by Wendell P. Daily. Camarillo, CA : Wendell Daily, c1946. 264 p. : ill.  

Morales, Dionicio. Dioncio Morales: a Life in Two Cultures / by Dionicio Morales. Houston, TX.: Pinata Books, 1997.

Naumann, Robert G. Ocean View odyssey: the life and history of Robert G. Naumann / Robert G. Naumann as told to Paul R. Zolman ; ed. by Sheila Madsen. Oxnard, CA : Robert G. Naumann, c1985.  283 p. : ill.  

Nidever, George, 1802-1883.  The life and adventures of George Nidever, 1802-1883 / edited by William Henry Ellison ; introduction by Bruce Craig.  Santa Barbara : McNally & Loftin ; Tucson, Ariz. : Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, 1984.  xi, 128 p. : ill.   

Olson, Dwayne. Joseph Chapman, 1788-1849/ by Dwayne Olson [S.l] 1995; 72 leaves; illus.; ports.; maps.

Stevens, Meredith. The house of Olivas : a family history / by Meredith Stevens ; edited by Jane Gilbert. 2nd ed. Ventura, Calif.: Charon Press, n.d. 164 p. : ill. ; 9 cm.