Now available to the general public, the Hornbeck Collection of Historical Land Use in California provides online access to a broad range of historic land use documents and maps for use by scholars, students, community planners, water resource managers, and legislators.

Principal Investigators Dr. Ruben Mendoza, PhD, Jennifer A. Lucido, MA, and Miriam Infinger, Research Associate

As the result of a generous bequest by Dr. David and Mrs. Virginia Hornbeck, the whole of the Hornbeck Collection proper will be permanently housed within the archival vaults of the Monterey County Historical Society, 333 Boronda Rd, Salinas, CA 93907.

For questions regarding research access to the Hornbeck papers, maps, journals, and other information bearing on historical land and water use, and sustainability, in California, please contact (831) 757-8085, or visit the MCHS website at

The Scope and Content of the Hornbeck Collection

Hornbeck Navigational Chart

About Dr. David Hornbeck, Jr., Professor emeritus of Geography

An Interview with Dr. David Hornbeck


The Hornbeck Collection of primary source documents and research encompasses the following six areas of inquiry:

First Nations Era

Spanish Viceroyalty [AD 1542/1769-1821]

Mexican Republic

American Period

California Groundwater Basins

Research and Links