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California State Archives

The California State Archives collects, catalogs, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. Many of these records document the history and development of the Los Angeles area, beginning with Spanish and Mexican Land Grant records that pre-date statehood. Other valuable sources include: · Papers of political figures associated with Los Angeles, like former Assemblyman and State Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh and former governors Goodwin J. Knight and Earl Warren; · Photographs of Los Angeles’ beaches and parks, expositions, fairs, downtown buildings, universities, highways and highway construction from the records of the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Finance and Department of Public Works; · Maps, photographs and textual material associated with infrastructure development and transportation in Los Angeles, including the records of the Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Public Works, the California Highway Commission and the California Conservation Corps; · Corporate filings for early non-profit organizations and stock-issuing companies in the Los Angeles area that incorporated in the State of California; · Records documenting the debate over water projects and the appropriation and use of water in Los Angeles, which can be found in the records of the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Rights Board; · Collections that detail momentous events in Los Angeles’ history, like the records of the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Investigation and the Governor’s Commission on the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Researchers interested in the history of Los Angeles, as well as the wider history of California, will find the California State Archives to be a rich and diverse resource. For more information about our collections, please contact the Reference Desk at (916) 653-2246. For general information, please call (916) 653-7715. The Reference Desk may be reached by email at ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov.

Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive

USC began its film program in 1929 and we house all the produced student films as well as Educational and Hollywood films dating back to the 1910's. Individual collections include unique production documents and ephemera, including photographs, set design art, legal documents. Many parts of Los Angeles have been represented such as Kent MacKenzies Bunker Hill 1956.

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.

Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries

The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives Library is the principle repository for the preservation and access of the Leatherby Libraries’ rare and unique collections. Special Collections holds rare books, manuscripts, maps and collections of enduring value while the Archives preserves the history of the university and the Chapman family. The department includes the Dan and Sarah Caton Hogan Seminar Room with appropriate presentation technology, the Aquin Mitsuo Yamagishi Reading Room, and the Huell Howser Reading Room. The Library was named by the late Trustee C. Stanley Chapman, Jr., and his wife, Joan Mt. Pleasant Chapman in honor of Joan’s uncle, Frank Mt. Pleasant, a Tuscarora Indian. We also hold material on the early years of Chapman University when it was located in Los Angeles: 1920-1923 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF CHRISTIANITY Located at the Wilshire Christian Church in Los Angeles from 1920-1921. Moved to 766 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, in 1921 1923-1934 CALIFORNIA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE Vermont Ave. campus 1934-1954 CHAPMAN COLLEGE Vermont Ave. campus from 1934-1942 Located on Whittier College Campus from 1942-1945 Vermont Ave. campus from 1945-1954

Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture - David Geffen School of Medicine - UCLA

The collection includes early California newspapers. Mostly Spanish language. Demographic data sets that include birth records, marriage records, death records, censuses, tax records, and membership lists. Some secondary sources, such as monographs and journals. Some transcripts of family papers and public records.

Debbie Martinez Collection

8mm, super 8mm 16mm home movies from the 1920's through the 1980's. 78rpm home made records, yearbooks from schools and universities State and county-wide. Still photographs and negatives. The collection tries to focus on African American & Latino families.

Mount St. Mary's College

Mount St. Mary's College was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1925 as the first Catholic women's college west of the Mississippi. It comprises two historic sites, the Chalon Campus high above Brentwood (1930), and the Doheny Campus, which occupies the former estate of Edward and Estelle Doheny, including the Doheny Mansion at 8 Chester Place (1906). The Mount's renowned nursing program, established in 1948, offered the city's first four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing. The Mount is widely respected for its leadership and research in diversity in higher education.

URBAN NOIR/LA

Images of Los Angeles from 1980's to present. Images have been reproduced in books, magazines and are in museum collections. Urban Noir/ LA includes quotes taken from mystery fiction using the city as character to caption my night urban landscapes in Los Angeles. Presented in 2009 as the 7th Iris Nights Event with accompanying live jazz music composed and performed by John Beasley at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City. Presented at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in 2010 for the Oscar Noir Festival and acquired for the permanent archives of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Presented at the Central Library in 2013.