Community Service Organizations

Robert Mendel Research Collection

Photo archive (many obtained from LA Public Library Collection, plus others from misc. sources)., Historical Document archive (many also obtained from LA Public Library collection, but many others as well). All items of particular interest to those interested in Northeast Los Angeles, especially Highland Park, Garvanza, and Eagle Rock. Other collection: I have aggregated the history of location scouting in southern california via manilla folders used for presentation of location scouting photography from the late '80s to the early 2000s. Sources include individual location scouts' collections, the california film commission library (retired in 2015) and my personal collection. The amount is over 500 linear feet and is organized via the California Film Commission system. AGRICULTURAL - 0100 Fish Farms & Hatcheries - 0101 Ranches & Farms- 0102 Vineyards & Orchards - 0103 CITIES, TOWNS & PUBLIC SPACES - 0200 Cities - 0201 Fountains & Statues- 0202 Neighborhoods - 0203 Small Towns - 0204 Town Squares & Plazas - 0205 Western, Mining & Ghost Towns - 0206 COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL - 0300 Art Galleries - 0301 Automobile Dealerships - 0302 Ballrooms & Banquet Facilities - 0303 Banks - 0304 Bars & Nightclubs - 0305 Beauty Salons & Barber Shops - 0306 Cemeteries - 0307 Convention Centers - 0308 Funeral Homes & Mortuaries - 0309 Gas Stations, Auto Repair & Car Wash - 0310 Hospitals & Medical Care Facilities -0311 Hotels, Motels, Resorts & Spas - 0312 Office Buildings - 0313 Parking Lots & Structures - 0314 Restaurants - 0315 Stores, Malls & Retail Districts - 0316 Stores, Malls & Retail Districts - 0316 ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE - 0400 Amusement & Theme Parks - 0401 Attractions - 0402 Billiard & Pool Halls - 0403 Boardwalks - 0404 Bowling Alleys - 0405 Carnivals - 0406 Casinos & Card Clubs - 0407 Fairgrounds & Exhibition Halls - 0408 Health Clubs & Workout Facilities - 0409 Theaters & Stages - 0410 Zoological Parks & Aquariums - 0411 GOVERNMENT - 0500 Civic & Community Centers - 0501 Courthouses & Courtrooms - 0502 Fire Stations - 0503 Government Buildings - 0504 Military Bases & Forts - 0505 Morgues - 0506 Police Facilities - 0507 Prisons & Jails - 0508 INDUSTRIAL - 0600 Boiler Rooms, Basements & Tunnels - 0601 Factories, Plants & Mills - 0602 Junkyards, Dumps & Recycling Centers - 0603 Manufacturing & Industrial District - 0604 Manufacturing & Industrial District - 0604 Oil Fields, Refineries & Derricks - 0605 Quarries, Gravel Pits & Mines - 0606 Factories Plants Mills - 0607 Warehouses - 0607 INSTITUTIONAL - 0700 Churches, Synagogues & Temples - 0701 Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools - 0702 Daycare Centers & Preschools - 0703 Elementary & Secondary Schools - 0704 Libraries - 0705 Missions - 0706 Museums - 0707 Observatories & Planetariums - 0708 Seminaries, Convents & Retreats - 0709 Shelters and Transient Lodging - 0710 Social and Fraternal Halls - 0711 MISCELLANEOUS - 0800 Boardrooms & Conference Rooms - 0801 Hangars - 0802 Kitchens & Bathrooms - 0803 Laboratories, Research & Tech - 0804 - Lofts & Studios - 0805 Murals & Graffiti - 0806 Vacant Lots & Abandoned Building - 0807 Vernacular Architecture - 0808 NATURAL TERRAIN - 0900 NATURAL TERRAIN - 0900 Caves & Caverns - 0901 Deserts & Barren Land - 0902 Dry Lake Beds - 0903 Forests & Woodlands - 0904 Mountains & Rocks - 0905 Open Terrain - 0906 Sand Dunes - 0907 Scenic Vistas & Geological Oddities - 0908 PARKS GARDENS AND CAMPS - 1000 Camps & Campgrounds - 1001 Gardens - 1002 Jungles - 1003 Parks - 1004 RESIDENTIAL - 1100 Apartments & Condominiums - 1101 Cabins - 1102 Castles - 1103 Houses - 1104 Mansions & Estates - 1105 Mobile Homes & Trailer Parks - 1106 SPORTS - 1200 Arenas & Stadiums - 1201 Cycling Sports Facilities - 1202 Equestrian Facilities - 1203 Golf Facilities - 1204 Gymnasiums - 1205 Gymnasiums - 1205 Motor Raceways - 1206 Racquet Sports Facilities - 1207 Ranges - 1208 Skating Rinks & Parks - 1209 Snowsport Facilities - 1210 Swimming Pools - 1211 STUDIOS - 1300 Professional Photo Studios & Labs - 1301 Recording, Broadcast & Cable Facilities - 1302 Studio Backlots & Standing Sets - 1303 TRANSPORTATION - 1400 Aircraft - 1401 Airports & Airfields - 1402 Alleys - 1403 Boats & Ships - 1404 Bridges - 1405 Cable Cars, Buses & Trolleys - 1406 Railroads & Rail Transportation - 1407 Roads, Highways, Freeways & Matches - 1408 Tunnels - 1409 Walkways and Bike Paths - 1410 WATER - 1500 Beaches & Coastline - 1501 Commercial Ports, Piers & Docks - 1502 Harbors & Marinas - 1503 Lakes, Dams & Reservoirs - 1504 Lakes, Dams & Reservoirs - 1504 Lighthouses - 1505 Rivers, Deltas & Waterfalls - 1506 Springs & Geysers - 1507 Swamps & Marshes - 1508 Water Storage Facilities - 1509

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research primarily documents and preserves the history of twentieth-century radicalism and social change through progressive movements in the greater Los Angeles area. The materials held by the library relate to the labor, peace, social justice, civil rights, women’s, gay and lesbian, and various other grassroots movements. While the library’s print holdings—numbering approximately thirty thousand books and three thousand periodical titles—range well beyond the subject of Los Angeles to socialism, Marxism, and the Cold War, its special collections focus on Los Angeles. These collections include twenty-five thousand pamphlets, fifteen hundred posters, two thousand photographs, one hundred documentary films, one hundred videos, thirty-five hundred audio tapes, organizational files for Los Angeles and national grassroots groups, and extensive subject files containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and reports. Among the library’s major archival collections are the papers of civil liberties defender Leo Gallagher, California Eagle editor and publisher Charlotta Bass, and Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research founders Emil and Tassia Freed, as well as papers from the Los Angeles chapter of the Civil Rights Congress, the Los Angeles Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, the Los Angeles International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and the Los Angeles Congress of Industrial Organizations. The archival collections on the Watts Rebellion of 1965, the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers, and Chicano activism are heavily used, as are the documentary films of the 1930s from the Film and Photo League and those of the 1960s from the Newsreel (SDS) collective. The library is committed to making its collections on the multicultural history of Los Angeles widely available and to working with other institutions and organizations to ensure that a broadly based historical record of the city’s people is preserved for future generations.

University of Southern California, Digital Library

The Digital Library of the University of Southern California (formerly known as the Digital Archive, formerly known as ISLA) is an ongoing project that is building a virtual library of digitized multidisciplinary materials much of which has a focus on the Los Angeles region. Its search and retrieval software will allows these materials to be accessed using the parameters of space, time, keyword, format, or collection. The Digital Library includes: Images selected from maps and historical newspapers in the Huntington Library’s collection, including color maps created by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939, the Spanish-language newspaper El Clamor Publico (1855-1859), and the Los Angeles Star (1852-1863); photographs and maps from the Automobile Club of Southern California (1892-1963); photographs of artifacts from the archaeological collection (1880-1933) of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California; and from the University of Southern California’s collections, including the California Historical Society Collection (photographs of Los Angeles, 1860-1960), the Hearst Collection (news photographs from the Los Angeles Examiner, 1920-1961), the Whittington Collection (commercial and architectural photographs, 1924-1987), the East Asian Library (Korean-American documents, photographs, and oral histories), the Gamble House in Pasadena (architectural drawings, photographs and other documents relative to the Greene & Greene architects) (1888-1944); Texts such as manuscript documents pertaining to the activities of the Los Angeles Ayuntamiento and City Council (Los Angeles City Archives, Untitled Records Series, 1820s-1890s), newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles Examiner (1920-1961), and master’s theses and doctoral dissertations about Los Angeles written by students at the University of Southern California (1920s-1990s); Data from the historical federal censuses though 1990 and the WPA’s household survey of 1940. Because the Digital Library has arranged to digitize materials that are the intellectual property of various individuals and institutions, the downloading of some items may be subject to restrictions.

Palos Verdes Local History Center

The Local History Collection for the Palos Verdes Library District focuses on the social and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula from 1920 to the present. This fairly extensive collection includes rare books, photographs, maps, blueprints, loose-leaf materials, scrapbooks, newspaper clip-pings, telephone books, and oral history interviews—all relating to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Visual Communications

Based in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles, VC was founded in 1970 by a group of pioneering independent filmmakers to record, collect, and preserve a visual record of Asian Pacific American cultural heritage. VC originally worked as a film collective, concentrating on honestly portraying accurate images of Asian Americans and meticulously capturing pivotal social movements. VC produced groundbreaking works about the Asian American experience, including: CHINATOWN 2-STEP, a documentary on the suburbanization of Chinese American community in Los Angeles and the role of the Chinatown Drum and Bugle Corps; MANONG, a film on the first generation Filipino American immigrants; and WATARIDORI, a documentary on early Japanese American immigrant pioneers. VC published three books, In Movement: A Pictorial History of Asian Pacific America, Little Tokyo: One Hundred Years in Pictures, and Moving the Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts. Productions were used for education and activism that addressed setting up ethnic studies programs on local campuses, city redevelopment issues, the redress campaign for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, and the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. VC’s own past in all media, narrative films, documentaries and educational projects are intertwined with the Asian Pacific American movements of the 1970s, and in itself represents a rich resource for researchers of the Asian Pacific American movements. The Archives’ purpose is to document the history of the organization by organizing, preserving, and creating access to a variety of media art and primary materials recording impactful political moments and depicting the Asian Pacific American heritage for staff use, as well as by scholars who are interested in Visual Communications’ role in the Asian American communities and history. The holdings include over 300,000 photographic images, 1,500 titles in the Media Resource Library, 100 films and videos produced by Visual Communications, and over 1,000 hours of oral histories of pan-Asian Pacific American content. As a valuable resource of Asian media art representations, The Archives is open to a wide variety of users, and we encourage the public, artists, filmmakers, students, faculty and others to pursue an intercultural understanding of the Asian American heritage. VC’s vision for the archives is to accurately reflect and represent the diversity of the American populace and to cement Asian Pacific American experiences in the historical record through the preservation, access, and dissemination of our materials, which provide historical context and insight of Asian Pacific American influence not only for Asian Pacific Americans, but also for all Americans. Please refer to our list of holdings for more information: http://fromthevcvault.wordpress.com/vc-archives-collections/

Whittier Public Library History Room

The Whittier History Room is located on the mezzanine of the Central Library and is home to the Whittier Local History Collection. The purpose of this collection is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials reflecting the development of the City of Whittier and surrounding areas. The main areas of collection are Whittier history, Whittier Hills and California history. The Whittier history collection includes Whittier College yearbooks, local high school yearbooks, Whittier City Directories, local telephone books, Haines Directories, and titles by local authors. The entire book collection is cataloged and searchable through the online catalog. There are various files and archives supporting both the Whittier Hills and the Whittier History collections. These consist of clipping files, periodicals, pamphlets and ephemera. Finding aids are available in Archives that list all items with a brief description. Selected materials have been digitized and are available in the Visual Collection. The Map Collection contains over 250 maps. A listing of the entire collection can be found on this website. A selection of these maps has been digitized and is available online. The Whittier Historical Photograph Collection is a collection of photographs of Whittier, the surrounding areas and its people. It is made up of several smaller collections such as the Espolt, Whittier National Trust & Savings Bank, and (most recently acquired) the White-Bailey, as well as individual gifts. This collection continues to grow and we encourage any donations that would broaden and enhance its scope and depth. The Shades of Whittier Collection was created in 1999 with funding from the federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). It is a collection of photographs reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the community. The 301 photographs in the collection were donated by numerous individuals and depict not only the local area, but also the many geographic areas that the people of Whittier came from. The Oral History Collection includes oral histories, video interviews and written transcripts. The older oral histories were done during the 1960s and ‘70s and include many old Whittier family names such as Perry, Tebbetts, Myers, Milhouse and Hodge. In the late 1990s, as part of the Whittier Hills collection, a series of interviews was conducted with individuals active in the preservation of the Whittier Hills. The more recent interviews are done in video format. The Local Newspaper archives are digitized from 1888-1955 and are keyword searchable. 1888-1923 are available on the web. 1924-1955 is restricted to library use only. 1956 to current is available on microfilm, for library use only. Lastly, a list of Local History Resources has been provided. This list includes links to local history organizations and relevant city departments that strive to conserve not only historic structures and neighborhoods but also natural resources of the City and surrounding hills. The Community Development website includes a listing of the City's historic landmarks and districts.

CSU Fullerton -- University Archives & Special Collections

Created in 1967, the University Archives and Special Collections (UA&SC) section preserves and provides access to sixty-six special collections, including the institutional history of California State University, Fullerton. These special materials form a very important augmentation to the general holdings of books, serials, documents, audio-visual, and electronic resources in the Pollak Library. Collections include science fiction pulp magazines, authors' manuscripts, rare maps, local history, and fine press books.

Orange County Historical Society

The Orange County Historical Society (OCHS) is a non-profit group which collects, preserves and shares the history of Orange County, California for the benefit of its members and the general public.

Glendora Historical Society

The collection at the museum is an eclectic assortment of items from the 1800's through the 1900's. There are tools for the home and farm, furniture, household accessories, office equipment, documents, photographs, and all types of clothing. Many items have been contributed by local residents over the years and have a direct connection to the "Upper San Gabriel Valley" and its residents.

Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice

The Museum of Social Justice is located in La Plaza Methodist Church, on the site of the oldest section of Los Angeles. The Museum’s historical collection consists of documents, photographs, artifacts, and other materials created by La Plaza Methodist Church at the beginning of the twentieth century. The collection features over 2000 photographs that capture the work of the founders of the church, its community center, and the predominantly poor Mexican immigrant population the church was founded to serve. The documents provide a look into the poor living conditions that existed near the Plaza and how La Plaza Church's social justice practices improved the lives of many of the immigrants living on and near the Plaza.