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Heritage Room ~ Collect, Preserve, Share

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The W.D. Addison Heritage Room is at the center of local history. Explore Corona's history through our online catalog, exhibits, website & print collection. For more information contact us, 951.279.3593.
Heritage Room Hours*:
Monday & Tuesday 3 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday by appt. only
Thursday 10 am - 1 pm
Friday-Sunday Closed

*Hours are subject to staff availability. Please call a week in advance to schedule a research appointment.

Collections Services  
Heritage Room services include research assistance and photo reproductions.
Heritage Room services include research assistance and photo reproductions.

Donate & Volunteer Who was W.D. Addison?  
Donate and volunteer to help us preserve Corona's history.  W.D. Addison  


Spotlight on Local History

Memorial Day, circa 1900

Memorial Day parade circa 1900

This photograph is of a Memorial Day Parade featuring the Grand Army and Daughters in Corona. The man in the photograph marked with an "X" is believed  to be John Taber. Early Memorial Days were commonly known as Decoration Day where the graves of soldiers were decorated by women's groups and school children. An article in the Corona Courier describes Corona's 1900 Memorial Day celebration.




Heritage Room Collection

Books & pamphlets;
Photographs & slides;
Citrus Labels;
Videos & DVDs;
Historic Building Survey which concentrates on buildings and houses constructed prior to World War II;
Sanborn Maps, microfilm & bound copies
Plat and tract maps;
Microfilm copies of newspapers & other records
South Riverside Bee, June 2, 1887 - June 20, 1896;
Corona Courier, January 6, 1900 - April 29, 1938;
Corona Daily Independent, August 24, 1906 - April 30, 1983;
Corona-Norco Independent, May 1983 - December 19, 2003;
Riverside Press-Enterprise, July 15, 1979 - April 30, 1990, 2000,
January 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009;
Los Angeles Times, January 15, 1975 - December 31, 2002;
California Death Index 1905-1939;
Corona Newspaper Archive is an online newspaper database available at the Library.The collection includes Corona area newspapers from 1887 ~ 1977, is full-text searchable and the newspapers can be printed or saved to a flash drive;
Yearbooks from many of Corona’s schools, including a complete collection of Corona High School yearbooks;
& other sources of information on the history, institutions and personalities of Corona.



Oral History Kit

Flyer for Oral History Kit

Everyone has a story to tell…share & preserve your story for generations to come with the Heritage Room’s Oral History Kit. With a valid Corona Public Library Card the kit can be checked out for 6 weeks.

Included in the kit are a digital voice recorder, microphones, guidelines for interviews, sample questions & more.

For more information please contact the Heritage Room at 951.279.3593.


Digital Reproductions

High quality reproductions of all images are available for $7.50/ image. Revenue generated from the purchase of digital reproductions from the W.D. Addison Heritage Room assists in the preservation of the collection. A reproduction order form must be completed and the intended use of the image(s) must be stated.

Donate to the Heritage Room Today!
The W.D. Addison Heritage Room relies on the generosity of its donors to build its archive and special collections. Donations of books, cash and other materials are accepted. The Heritage Room’s collection focuses on Corona related material such as photographs, slides, genealogies, books, manuscripts, yearbooks, maps, textiles, citrus labels, and other ephemera. If you have organizational records (business, club or church records for example), letters, diaries, photographs, books, maps, archival materials or other items that you believe would enhance the Heritage Room’s Collection, please contact the Heritage Room Librarian, Jennifer Marlatt at 951-279-3796 or by email.

A fast, easy way for you to donate material to the Heritage Room & the Corona Public Library is through our Amazon Wish List.

Checkout our
wishlist today!

When choosing a title to donate, please click on either add to cart or pre-order. Make sure you don't click on "XX Used & New." Items from non-Amazon sellers cannot be shipped to the Library. Also, make sure you select the Corona Public Library address for shipping. It automatically defaults to your address on file, with CPL being the choice directly to the right. Click on the desired item and order just as you would place an order for yourself. The item is mailed directly to the Corona Public Library and you will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes. 

Cash Contributions

The Heritage Room is always in need of monetary contributions to purchase new materials and equipment that document, preserve and digitize the history of the Corona area. Cash contributions to the Heritage Room can be made through either the Friends of the Corona Public Library or the Library’s Foundation. Contributions to the Foundation’s Theodore Jameson Todd or the Maggie Mellor Endowments are designated for the Heritage Room.

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Corona Public Library’s W.D. Addison Heritage Room! 


Who Was W.D. Addison?
W.D. AddisonW.D. Addison moved to Corona in 1945. Known to his friends as "Addy," he taught history at Corona High School, was principal of the evening high school, and director of Adult Education. He was an active member of many local clubs and served on the Heritage Committee as chairman 1978-1983. The Heritage Room collection is Addy’s legacy to the community. Thanks to his enlistment of community support the Corona Public Library’s Heritage Room officially opened its doors to the public in November 1980.

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