Kings County Library Collections


The Kings County Library welcomes those interested in local history. We have a small collection of local history and genealogy books, files with selected clippings from old newspapers, and Kings County newspapers on microfilm. In an effort to expand the local history information available to the public through the Kings County Library, we, along with the other libraries in the San Joaquin Valley Library System, have made a select group of historic photographs available online.
The images on this site were, in large part, derived from a collection of photographs supplied by the Kings County Museum at Burris Park. This collection contains photographs of people, places, and pastimes that make up Kings County's history.

A second group of photographs is from the Hanford Carnegie Museum. From 1906 to 1968, this building was the home of the Hanford Library; after the construction of a new library building and in an effort to save this beautiful landmark, a group of local citizens converted the old Carnegie Library building into a museum in 1974.

The last group of photographs depict some of Kings County's Japanese citizens - including photos of their time spent in the Jerome Relocation Center in Denson, Arkansas during World War II; these photos were supplied by Naomi Tagawa, whose family has operated the King's Hand Laundry in Hanford's China Alley for over 80 years.


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