Museum

Hollywood Heritage, Inc.

Hollywood Heritage maintains an extensive collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs of early Hollywood and owns and operates The Hollywood Heritage Museum housed in the Lasky-DeMille barn,California State landmark 255.

FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Mission Statement: The FIDM Museum & Galleries provides students, researchers, designers, and the public with resources to examine the role of historic fashion, accessories, textiles, jewelry, fragrance, and related ephemera in their relationship to society, history, and technology. The collections are sustained by standard museum practices for continued acquisition, preservation, and display. Educational, outreach, and volunteer programs support the scholarly interpretation of the collections. History: The FIDM Museum & Library, Inc. was founded in 1978 to serve FIDM and the community. Since January 1999, the Museum's operations have been separate from the Library in order to offer more specialized care and attention to the specific needs of the historic fashion collection, and museum-trained personnel have been added to the staff. Collections: The FIDM Museum houses over 15,000 garments, accessories, and textiles from the 18th century through the present day, including film and theatre costume. It is one of the largest such collections in the United States. The Museum Collections are split into two major parts: the Permanent Collection, used for exhibition and research; and the Study Collection, used by students for hands-on education and inspiration. The Study Collection is divided among the four FIDM campuses: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Orange County. Collections are maintained using standard museum practices advocated by the American Association of Museums and are constantly researched, exhibited, and published, both nationally and internationally. The FIDM Museum houses the early Hollywood Costume Collection on loan from the Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles, as well as the Rudi Gernreich Archive and Gianni Versace Menswear Archive. FIDM Museum Special Collections includes periodicals, books, fashion ephemera, and the Michel Arnaud Fashion Photography Archive.

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.

Pasadena Museum of History

The Research Library and Archives has been collecting material relating to the history of Pasadena since 1924. The archives contains approximately 1 million historic images (including photos, negatives, postcards, stereographs) of Pasadena and surrounding areas. There are 45 cubic feet of maps and plans of the area, as well as a set of Sanborm fire insurance maps for Pasadena. There is a large collection of ephemera, scrapbooks and photo albums relating to the history of the city. There are more than 150 special collections, including the Sylvanus Marston set of architectural drawings; the Tournament of Roses Collection; the Giddings-Hollingsworth Family Collection; the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers; the Black History Collection; the Hugh Anderson/Model Grocery Company Collection. There are approximately 1,000 books and 50 linear feet of periodicals on the history of the city and general Southern California area, including a nearly complete run of Pasadena city directories from 1895-1976.

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.

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

Western Conservancy of Nursing History

Collection of acrical materials from many of the early and present schools of nursing in Southern California with emphasis on those in and around Los Angeles dating from 1853 to currency.

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.