Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archival Center

Contact Information

Address
15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd. Mission Hills, CA 91345
Hours
Historical Museum: Monday and Thursday, 1-3 pm Library and archives. In addition the archive is open from 9am-4:30pm
Contact
Kevin Feeney
Archivist
818-365-1501
info@archivalcenter.org
Website

34.2729783, -118.4616649

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
Yes
Onsite technology available
Yes
Public fee amount
Charge for xeroxes
Scholar Fee Amount
None
Catalog System
We have issued eleven volumes of Calendars which contains digests of documents from 1840 to 1970 and a book entitled The Literary High Spots of Mission Hills, California which classifies and describes the 10,213 books in the Library.
Repository
Yes
Access procedures

Any accredited scholar or researcher (see website for additional information)

Management

Archive / Collection information

The Archival Center that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles built at the San Fernando Mission and opened in 1980 is a measured response to the church's obligation to collect and preserve records associated with the human activities constituting California's Catholic heritage. The facility houses papers, documents, correspondence, and related materials generated since 1840 by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and its antecedent jurisdictions. The Center's archives include numerous photographic collections and various image holdings that number in the hundreds of thousands. The center's library presently comprises about fifteen thousand books primarily on California history, American Catholic history, bibliography, archives, and archivism. Eleven digests of the center's archival documents have been published, and more than ten thousand of the library's books are classified and described in The Literary High Spots of Mission Hills, California (1998). Various objects from the center's holdings are on exhibit in the center's Historical Museum. It is the "hope and prayer" of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles "that the books, documents, manuscripts, and historical memorabilia housed at the Archival Center will become the means for as-yet-unborn generations to stand taller upon the shoulders of their predecessors."