Library

Californiana, LA County Library

This reference collection is about the history and culture of California. Contains over 20,000 books, magazines, newspaper, and pamphlets. The collection is a non-circulating resource collection of materials about Southern California in particular with a heavy emphasis on Los Angeles County, including individual cities and unincorporated areas. Fiction by major California writers is included as well as historical fiction about California.

Virginia Robinson Gardens

Collection Description: Virginia Robinson Gardens, built in 1911, was the first estate in Beverly Hills. Today, it is listed on the national registry of historic sites. Social doyenne, art collector and philanthropist Mrs. Virginia Robinson resided in the house for thirty years and, before her death in 1977, she gave it to Los Angeles County for the public to enjoy. This historic estate, which includes her home, complete with her extensive collection of American and European fine and decorative arts and surrounding garden, continues to attract visitors from around the world. There are tours for adults and a special children's tour for third graders. In addition, the Gardens hosts lectures and educational series that include talks by scholars, gardening classes, and visits to other significant cultural and botanical sites in the Los Angeles area. The collection consists of art objects personally acquired by Mrs. Robinson and her husband Mr. Harry Robinson. The estate houses a significant library, objects from France, India and Italy (among other countries) and a collection of china and glassware. The 6 acres of garden surrounding the house is bursting with diverse plants and flowers from around the world and remains one of the main attractions of this unique historic site. The Robinson Gardens enriches not only the city of Beverly Hills but the entire county of Los Angeles. Its popularity continues to grow as the staff works towards making the site better known and more accessible to the public.

Southern California Genealogical Society

The SCGS Library holds nearly 40,000 volumes, with a relatively small portion of the material related to LA. We have published indices to cemetery records, vital (birth, death and marriage) records, and immigration and naturalization. We provide free access to some data on our website. The Society is in the midst of a project to recreate the 1890 Census for Los Angeles County. The census records were lost in a fire in Washington DC, and our project is an attempt to recreate this valuable historical and genealogical resource. The 1890 data base will include vital records (births, deaths, marriage); cemetery records; city directories for the communities in the county; immigration and naturalization records; military records; voting records (Great Register); educational records; educational, social and fraternal societies; personal family records; and the flagship data, an every-name index of the Los Angeles Times from January 1, 1890 through December 31 of that year. New sources, as they are uncovered, will be added to this rich resource.

Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library

The Research Library is a special collection of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Originally acquired by donations from local and California coastal shipbuilding companies, shipbuilders and industries, selections from the Library’s collection of manuscripts, architectural drawings, maps and charts are available for viewing by researchers. The collection of manuscripts has value for research in the maritime history of San Pedro and Los Angeles Harbor and its people. Highlights from present cataloged holdings include: personal and official correspondence and documents of career servicemen and women in World War II; documents pertaining to vessels such as World War II cruisers, an American President Lines vessel, schooners engaged in the Pacific trade from San Francisco; records of a tugboat built for transport in WW II ; mid-20th century office records of shipbuilders; Los Angeles Harbor marine survey service from 1926 to 1958; ship’s logs, drydock and repair records; logbooks of a glass-bottom paddlewheel ferryboat ; account ledgers of ships’ chandlery from 1917-1930 ; boatbuilding records from 1906 to 1940; official documents of a machinist mate, a ship’s engineer; adventures of a circumnavigator, photographer and film director between 1930 and 1959 ; book covers decorated by an illustrator known for his portrayal of Navy life and customs; mid-20th century Los Angeles Harbor maps and charts of the harbor channels.

Getty Research Institute, Research Library

Located on the Getty Center campus in Brentwood, the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute focuses on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology from prehistory to the contemporary period. Presently, the collections are strongest in the history of western European art and culture in Europe and North America; however, in recent years, they have expanded to include other areas, such as Latin America, Eastern Europe, and selected regions of Asia. The library's foundation lies in its special collections of original documents and objects. Recent acquisitions and initiatives have documented developments during the postwar years in Southern California. The special collections include contemporary artists' photographers' by Los Angeles artists; archives and manuscripts of Southern California artists, writers, and curators such as Sam Francis, Robert Irwin, and Henry Hopkins; archives of art publications such as High Performance magazine; prints, drawings, and multiples, including a complete set of those produced by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; rare photographs and photographers’ archives, such as Charles Brittin's; architectural drawings and comprehensive archives such as John Parkinson's drawings for Union Station, the Walt Disney Concert Hall documentation, the Pierre Koenig and John Lautner archives, and the Julius Shulman Photography Archive highlighting Los Angeles architecture. Documenting the advanced art that put Los Angeles and Southern California on the map of the international art world, Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, now part of the Research Library's collections, contains close to 5000 tapes and supporting files.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Archives

The Archives of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is currently being established through a generous grant from the Getty Foundation as a part of its special initiative "On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945–1980". The Archives will be the repository for LACMA's institutional records of enduring value; collecting, preserving and making them accessible through the Balch Research Library. The Archives also includes a select number of collections relating to artists and others who have made important contributions to the Museum. For more information about the LACMA’s archival holdings please contact the Archivist or the Balch Research Library at 323-857-6118 or library@lacma.org

Glendale Community College

146 linear feet of historical materials related to the college and Glendale History including administrative documents, institutional records and publications, newspapers, clippings, yearbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, videos, catalogs, class schedules, directories and memorabilia.

A.K. Smiley Public Library

Collections include pamphlets and ephemera documenting the growth, industries, transportation, and social organizations of Los Angeles and greater southern California; photograph collections; thousands of books related to southern California; and numerous archival collections related to indiviuals, the citrus industry, and businesses in the Inland Empire.

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum, Inc.

World's largest independently held collection of African American history and culture; consisting of rare and out-of-print books, documents, films, music, photographs and memorabilia.

La Senora Research Institute

Films, Recordings, Book Archives include the works of * Jose Mojica, Mexican opera star;" The Valentino of Latin Films". * Anita Loos and Mary Anita Loos Sale - Films, scripts, Books * Lyle Wheeler - Films * Leo Carillo - Films * Dolores Del Rio - Films The work/study program Interns from UCLA/LMU and Mt. St. Mary's have resulted in an LSRI program to acquire copies of works of the 1930's of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. These artists were the guest of playwright Anita Loos. La Senora's Chamber Music Series feature music from the classic films of all former Hacienda residents.