Public Records

Records Management, City Archives and
Public Records Requests

The City Clerk Department’s Records Management Division can help you discover the history of Whittier’s governmental policiesand decisions. The Department maintains the City’s Minutes (the record of the Council’s decisions), Ordinances (the City’s laws), and Resolutions (Council’s decisions to act) from 1898 to present.  The agenda reports that assist the Council in its decision are part of the permanent collection of the City’s Archives.  These agenda reports are part of the Agenda Package collection which includes staff reports to the Council from 1939 to present. 

City Council meetings are broadcast live over cable TV on Channel 3 on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is replayed on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.  Meeting videos can also be viewed on the Internet at the Council Meeting Archive. DVDs of Council meetings are available to view at the Records Management Division of the City Clerk’s office the day after the meeting. To make an appointment to view a DVD call (562) 567-9870. DVDs are also available for checkout and return at the Whittier Public Library. You can purchase a copy of the meeting on DVD for $5.00. Call (562) 567-9850 to place your order.

While the County of Los Angeles Registrar/Recorder’s Office (562-462-2137), maintains all birth, marriage and death records, the City’s Records Management Division can help you to research your family’s history.  The City of Whittier has three types of documents that can help you research your family history – cemetery records, Assessor’s Parcel Rolls, and City Directories.

Cemetery Records – The City’s cemeteries were developed as a passive park in the 1960s. The records of burials continue to be maintained at City Hall. The listings include name of the deceased, date of death, and burial location at the Broadway and Mt. Olive Cemeteries.

Assessor’s Parcel Rolls – The City has Assessor’s Parcel Rolls from 1898 through 1951. These records provide information about owners and valuations of property. The County Recorder’s Office, 12400 Imperial Blvd, Norwalk, has assessor information from 1951 to present. The Whittier Public Library can also help you with the City’s collection of Assessor Parcel Rolls.

City Directories – The Records Management Division has City Directories from 1909 through 1977. These directories are similar to telephone books. The listing can include occupation and names of family.

These records are available for public review through the Records Management Division. The Division is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To make an appointment to view records call (562) 567-9870. The Whittier Historical Society Museum and the Whittier Public Library can also help you in your research.

The City honors both the federal Freedom of Information Act and California’s Public Records Act. The Public Records Act requires that the City respond to a request for public records within 10 calendar days.  You can make a public records request by:

Copies of many city documents cost 15¢ a page. Copies made from microfilm are 20¢. Arrangements can be made to obtain copies of photographs, DVDs or CDs.