The years 1875 through 1913 of the Santa Monica Outlook, Santa Monica’s former newspaper of record, are now accessible via the Santa Monica Public Library’s Web site at digital.smpl.org. Internet surfers can browse through individual issues of the paper or search for news articles, and even ads, containing specific words or phrases.

The newspaper coverage begins in October 1875, just three months after the first lots were sold in Santa Monica and continues through the city’s incorporation, the building of local piers, the earliest road races and much more.

This project was funded by an LSTA grant administered by the California State Library. The Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library have generously pledged continuing support to make additional years of the paper available.

The Imagine Santa Monica (digital.smpl.org) Web site that includes the Outlook also contains thousands of historical photographs and images from the library’s Image Archives. To learn more about these resources, contact the Main Library’s Reference Department at (310) 434-2608.

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