Look Back into Local History With Port of Long Beach Archives

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Browse a decade-by-decade history of the Port through the archives of its publications going all the way back to 1909. Cover images courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.

Browse a decade-by-decade history of the Port through the archives of its publications going all the way back to 1909. Cover images courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.

Port publications from the late 1950s through the 2000s are now available online. The Harbor Highlights and later Interport magazines cover the years 1958-2005, and feature stories on day-to-day Port activities, photos — many in color — of important events and guests, and the Port’s annual reports, which show how trade, cargo and revenue developed over the last half-century.

Early highlights include the opening of the Administration Building (spring 1960), the Port’s 50th anniversary (winter 1961), the arrival of containerization (summer 1962), and a self-guided tour of the Port (“See-Lane Edition,” 1964). Later issues focus on trade and infrastructure development, with items on bigger ships coming to Long Beach, the expansion of Pier J, the Alameda Corridor and more. 

To see the publications, visit http://www.polb.com/about/history/historicalpubs.asp.

Also available on the historical publications page is a history of the Port by pier from 1909-2002 and a Project History from 1970-2002. And in the history pages are a decade-by-decade history of the Port, biographies of Harbor Commissioners from 1925 to the present and a link to the Port’s Centennial website.

The publications are available to view online and to download; each magazine or report is also fully searchable. As the Port locates more material it will be added to the site. Individuals with additional material, particularly from 1954-57, are  encouraged to contact the Port.

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