Library

Philosophical Research Society

Founded in 1934, the Philosophical Research Society is a nonsectarian center for the study and teaching of the world’s wisdom traditions. The Philosophical Research Society Library’s holdings provide a range of information about various countries and philosophies. The holdings include books, many of which are rare or out of print, on subjects such as Sir Francis Bacon, the Orient (India, Near East, Far East, Tibet, China, and Japan), Egypt, North and South American Indians, mythology, biography, psychic phenomena, alchemy, metaphysics, lost continents, divination, art and architecture, medicine, psychology, astrology, theosophy, literature, history, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Masonry.

Los Angeles Public Library, History and Genealogy Department

In the collections of the History and Genealogy Department at the Los Angeles Public Library are a variety of materials relating to the history of Los Angeles. The History Collection includes the California Subject and Biography Index, a retrospective card file and current computer database indexing selected citations on Los Angeles places and people from newspapers, magazines, and books. The Map Collection features historic street guides of Los Angeles, historic maps of Los Angeles on aperture cards, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of California’s cities, United States Geological Survey topographical maps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nautical charts. The Photograph Collections include the Security Pacific National Bank archive, which comprises three hundred forty thousand images of Los Angeles, some dating back to the 1880s; the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photograph Collection, which consists of the newspaper’s morgue of 2.5 million photographs; and the Shades of L.A. archive, which contains ten thousand photographs representing the full range of contemporary and historic ethnic and cultural diversity in the greater Los Angeles region.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mr. & Mrs. Allan C. Balch Research Library

In the collection of the Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch Art Research Library are posters and other pieces of ephemera relating to local exhibitions, artists, and organizations; all of this material is arranged in vertical files. The artist and gallery exhibition files include thousands of items of documentation on the artists living and working in Los Angeles and the galleries where they have shown their work. Included are announcements for many of the significant galleries of the early Los Angeles art scene—Ankrum, Asher/Faure, Baum/Silverman, Terry DeLapp, Dwan, Ferus, Dalzell Hatfield, Paul Kantor, Felix Landau, Frank Perls, Esther Robles, Stendahl, and David Stuart, among others.

Claremont Colleges, Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections

The Special Collections holdings reflect the diverse communities of the Claremont Colleges and the local area and region. Among the collections especially pertinent to Los Angeles and Southern California are the following: • McPherson Collection: books on California history, particularly Southern California and Orange County; records and papers, the bulk of which are about agriculture and avocado culture, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1773-1856 • Mission San Gabriel Marriage Investigation: manuscript records of matrimonial investigations, 1788–1861 • Lindley Scrapbooks: documentation of business and civic events in Los Angeles, late 1800s–early 1900s, compiled by Dr. Walter Lindley, founder of the California Hospital, mayoral candidate in 1904, and board member of the Los Angeles City Library • Kewen Dorsey Collection: twenty-five manuscript diaries, 1879–1904, documenting Dorsey’s life in Spadra, Pomona and Los Angeles • Archives of the Claremont Colleges: includes publications, records, photographs, and ephemera that document the history of the seven Claremont Colleges (Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College [formerly Claremont Men’s College], Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences), 1880–present • Claremontiana: early documents, maps, photographs, oral histories, and publications of the town of Claremont, circa 1887–present • Congregational Church Records: institutional records, circa 1888–1963, from a number of Congregational Church organizations in Southern California; papers from women’s organizations account for more than one-third of the collection • Rude-Frankenfield Papers: papers that present the daily lives of at least six generations of the female side of the Rude-Frankenfield family, circa 1895–1971 • Water Resources Collection: includes ephemeral materials on the distribution, augmentation, and use of water in Los Angeles and Southern California, circa 1900–present • George Martin Scrapbooks: one hundred three scrapbooks, 1900–1962, assembled by this California banker and civic leader • Elbert A. Wickes Collection: materials from this Los Angeles-based impresario and manager of lecture tours for celebrities who also acted as the American representative for various English and Irish theatrical groups, including the Abbey Players, early 1900s • H. Jerry Voorhis Papers: papers, circa 1919–1984, from this founder of the Voorhis School for Boys in Claremont, U.S. congressman for California’s twelfth district (1936–1946), member of the Dies Committee on Un-American Activities, and head of the Cooperative League of America after losing his congressional seat to Richard M. Nixon in 1946 • Zamarano Club Keepsake Collection: publications from book collectors, printers, and librarians who are members of this famous Los Angeles book collectors club, 1928–present • Marion Parks Papers: historical photographs, some possibly by Charles Fletcher Lummis; manuscripts and printed pamphlets, 1930s–1950s, used by Parks while researching for publications and historical pageants on Southern California • Rev. Walton E. Cole Papers: correspondence, newspaper clippings, and publications by this Unitarian minister from Toledo, Ohio, who in the 1930s challenged through radio broadcasts the pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic views of “radio priest” Father Charles E. Coughlin • Howard D. Mills Collection: documentation of the U.S. government’s World War II finance efforts, including war bond drives, in Southern California, 1940–1945 • Carey McWilliams Collection of War Relocation Authority Records: reports, opinions, books, periodicals, and correspondence with evacuees that were assembled by McWilliams while he was writing Prejudice (1944), as well as sixty-six volumes of newspapers from War Relocation Authority centers and the minutes of the Japanese American Citizens League National Conference; 1942–1947

Art Center College of Design, James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library

The James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library offers an extensive collection of resources on art and design, along with materials on the arts community in Los Angeles and Pasadena as represented by the Art Center College of Design’s faculty and students from the early 1940s to the present. The library’s holdings consist of books, periodicals, slides, videos, CD-ROMs, and laser discs on subjects such as the fine arts, photography, computer graphics, film, film animation, automobile history and design, advertising, and printmaking. Limited and signed editions, portfolios, and other materials can be found in the library’s Rare Books Room. Although the holdings are open to the public, the library is a nonlending institution.

Denison Library on the Scripps College Campus, Special Collections

Denison Library’s Special Collections are extensive and varied, ranging from classical literature to Californiana. They include the Scripps College Archives, which provide a significant record for the study of the college since its inception in 1926 and for the history of women’s education in general. In addition to official publications of the college and the student body, the archives contain publications by faculty and alumnae, student newspapers, senior theses, construction records, architectural drawings and blueprints, unpublished papers from faculty and trustees, records of the development of the college’s curriculum, photographs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera which document the history of Scripps College and its diverse students, faculty, staff, and trustees, many of whom were or are Los Angeles residents. The Scripps College Archives also preserve the personal and business papers of the college’s founder, the newspaper publisher and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps (1836–1932).

Hayden Memorial Library @ Citrus College

The Hayden Memorial Library at Citrus College archive collection contains photographs, yearbooks (1899-1965), scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, school newspapers, books, ephemera and information that document the history of Citrus College, and depicting people, buildings and events of the City of Azusa and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley. The collection covers the years 1890s to the present. Media includes videotaped interviews with alumni, administrators, and professors concerning the history of Citrus College, which was founded in 1915 by Dr. Floyd S. Hayden and is the oldest community college in Los Angeles County. The archives also contain Citrus College catalogs and schedules, and documents from Citrus Union High School for the period 1899 to 1957.

McGroarty Art Center Friends

Longtime Verdugo Hills resident John Steven McGroarty was a playwright, columnist, lawyer, congressman, and poet of California. He lived for many years at Rancho Chupa Rosa, a small hacienda near Tujunga that the City of Los Angeles bought in 1953 and now uses to host culture and craft classes. At the turn of the twentieth century, McGroarty crusaded for the restoration of California's early landmarks, especially the missions that once distinguished the state's landscape. In 1911, with the publication of The Mission Play, a drama about Father Junipero Serra and the rise and fall of the California missions, McGroarty became a popular playwright. The play opened in San Gabriel on 29 April 1912. In addition to other plays, including La Golondrina, Osceola, and Babylon, McGroarty wrote poems, novels, historical works, and the Los Angeles Times column "From the Green Verdugo Hills. "The McGroarty Art Center's collection contains the library and memorabilia of John Steven McGroarty, and the center's archival holdings include plays, books, and Los Angeles Times articles written by McGroarty.

Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center

Beyond Baroque is a small, independent literary archive center. Its holdings include chapbooks, volumes of fiction and poetry, literary periodicals, small edition works, and audio recordings of events at the center. The publications relating to poetry and literature date from the 1960s through the 1990s.