San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature Connection[BRCC San Diego Natural History Museum: Research Library]
Research Library

The Collection
Rare Books
The Catalog

Museum People & Events
Valentien Project
JSTOR (Journal Archive)

The Collection

The Research Library's holdings include some 20,000 titles in 56,000 volumes, and it currently receives some 700 serial titles from subscriptions and exchanges. Several significant complete or very long runs of both standard and obscure journals are present, as are many rare natural history volumes. There is also a collection of 5000 maps, both modern and historic.

Journals and Serials

Klauber Special Collections Library

Works of art


The Klauber Library holds approximately 3100 titles on the subject of herpetology, and the field notes and papers of Laurence M. Klauber. It also includes many rare and valuable books on the subject of natural history. It is one of the most complete collections of herpetological material in southern California.

Also housed in the library are 1094 watercolors of southern California wildflowers by Albert Valentien and 66 watercolors of birds by Allan Brooks and George Sutton. These paintings were commissioned by Ellen Browning Scripps at the beginning of the 20th Century.