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Malibu History Guide

Historic aerial photo of Malibu coastline.


The Malibu History Guide is now live! This guide contains a number of excellent resources available to research the history of where our university is located. As the Special Collections Assistant for the Malibu Historical Collection, I have a few suggested resources within the guide to begin your research on Malibu.

  • The Malibu Times: Pepperdine's Special Collections and Archives have a full run of the Malibu Times from 1946 to the present. Once we are able to re-open contact the department to make an appointment to view them. For now, browse Pepperdine's digital collection to view issues from 1946-1979. More recent issues can be viewed using The Malibu Times archives page.
  • Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians: This resource is perfect to learn more about the Chumash Indians, the first inhabitants of Malibu. Open their Chumash History page and Chumash Culture page to learn about each respective topic.
  • Malibu Tiles Digital Collection: Take a look at Pepperdine's Malibu Tiles Digital Collection to browse through the beautiful Malibu Tiles housed here at Pepperdine. Thanks to May Rindge, Malibu will forever be linked to decorative tiles. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pepperdine Special Collections and Archives acquired more Malibu tile so we hope to add those to the digital collection in the future!
  • Malibu Historical Photographs Digital Collection: This digital collection includes a selection of images from Malibu's fascinating history, drawn from various collections in the Special Collections and University Archives department of Pepperdine University Libraries. The collection is designed to increase discovery of and access to the visual history of the City of Malibu and its residents.
  • The King and Queen of Malibu by David K. Randall: This book places Malibu and the Rindge family at the center of a finely woven narrative as to how the Malibu we know came to be.
  • Happy Days in Southern California by Frederick H. Rindge: Written by one of the most important figures in the history of Malibu, this book provides rare insight into life in Southern California before 1900.
  • Malibu: California's Most Famous Seaside Community by Marian Hall and Rodionoff: Written by Marian Hall, a Malibu native, covers the legend, lore and history of Malibu. This book also contains lovely photographs that capture the beauty of Malibu by Nick Rodionoff.

Please see the Guide on Malibu History for more details and resources to conduct your research on Malibu!