Access and Management
Special Collections is a non-circulating research library open to the general public. Although no appointments are necessary to view most of our collections, appointments are highly recommended for consulting our archival collections as many are housed off-site and may require at least one week to arrive. Entry to Doheny Memorial Library, where Special Collections is located, requires either a USC id card or a government-issued photo identification card.
The materials of the Regional History Collection document 100 years of Southern California history in various formats. The collection was founded in the mid-1970s as a repository for the papers of Southern Californian political figures, among them Governor Jerry Brown Jr., Congresswoman Yvonne Brathwaite Burke; and Congressmen Alphonso Bell, Chet Holifield, Craig Hosmer, and Gordon McDonough. The scope of the collection was expanded with the acquisition of collections such as the Century Freeway project, the Webster and Christopher commissions, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project; the Los Angeles Examiner newspaper photographs and clippings morgue; the California Historical Society photographic collection; and the Dick Whittington photographic collection. The photographs of the California Historical Society and the negatives of the Los Angeles Examiner are accessible on the USC Digital Library: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/