Resources for Educators

Long Ago Long Beach Online is a virtual classroom for teaching history to grades 2 through 5.

Rancho Los Cerritos hosts two different field trip experiences.

Educators can check out lesson plans, artifacts, images, and more. Trunks are available for teachers to borrow, for free, for two weeks.

Research Library

The California History Research Library contains more than 3,000 books on California history, both rare volumes and current publications, and also books on decorative arts and museum studies. It is a non-circulating reference center and is cataloged through the Long Beach Public Library. The research library is available by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, please email to schedule an appointment.

Museum Archives and Research Files

The Archives contains original documents, maps, blueprints, photographs and sound and image recordings directly associated with the Rancho and its owners, occupants and workers. Highlights include the Sarah Bixby Smith Manuscript Collection, Llewellyn Bixby, Jr. Manuscript collection, a series of 1872 stereograph cards of Rancho Los Cerritos by William Godfrey of Los Angeles, photographs of the site from 1872 through the 1940s, and architectural blueprints of the adobe during the 1930 remodel.

The Research Files consist of documents, articles, research notes and photographs collected to support research and further the mission of the museum. Access to these collections is by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, please email to schedule an appointment.


Permission to Use Photos

If you wish to use Rancho Los Cerritos’ images in your own academic publications or other commercial projects, please email Christa Weston, Public Relations & Marketing Manager at The fee per image is $50 for commercial use in any format including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibitions, advertising, video, television, film, CD, website, and all other media.