Community Service Organizations

Pomona Public Library, Special Collections

Special Collections at the Pomona Public Library maintains extensive pamphlet files of clippings, photographs, brochures, and other ephemera related principally to Pomona Valley and especially to the City of Pomona. Also preserved in Special Collections are papers from businesses, organizations, churches, schools, families, and individuals from the City of Pomona and nearby areas; records of the Los Angeles County Fair; a scrapbook that contains newsletters from the World War II Japanese internment/relocation camp in Pomona; wine labels from wineries across the United States; and books on California history in general and Southern California and Pomona Valley in particular. Special Collections also encompasses a number of discrete collections. Among these are the Frasher Photo Collection, which consists of images of the American Southwest during the early twentieth century; the Citrus Industries Collection, which has unique manuscripts and printed records relating to approximately twenty-eight California citrus companies, along with more than four thousand different citrus crate labels; the Water Industries Collection, which includes manuscript records from seventeen private water companies of the Pomona Valley; the Padua Hills Theater Collection, which contains the bulk of the company’s archives; and the Postcard Collection, which comprises approximately thirty thousand picture postcards from all over the world.

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

San Pedro Bay Historical Society

The SPBHS Archives are located at 638 S. Beacon Street, 6th Fl., San Pedro, CA 90731. Note: Mail is not delievered here.

The collections of the San Pedro Bay Historical Society comprise documents, large and small photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, maps, slides, books, ephemera, and regalia relating to the flora, fauna, geology, people (including Native Americans), industries, businesses, social life, and organizations of the San Pedro Bay area. These materials include in-depth information on the history and development of the Port of Los Angeles. Archival materials such as photographs, memorabilia, and documents provide insight into social, political, and cultural life in the San Pedro Bay area.

Educational Communications

Established in 1958, Educational Communications is dedicated to improving the quality of life on this planet by creating greater awareness of environmental issues. Educational Communications currently holds 600 ECONEWS shows, an Emmy-nominated weekly television series airing on cable and PBS stations and the internet (Youtube); 2200 Environmental Directions radio shows, original audio recordings of the Environmental Directions international radio series, a half-hour interview show that airs on public, commercial, and listener-sponsored, in the United States and worldwide on the internet; two hundred original audio recordings of the Environmental Viewpoints radio series, a magazine-style program that provides news and information, including a calendar of events, music, interviews, and special conference coverage; and sixty original audio recordings of the one-hour shows in the Planet Health radio series. It has 45 years of The Compendium Newsletter (six issues per year; 270 editions). In addition to archival materials for Project Ecotourism, Educational Communications holds papers, letters, photographs, and other materials documenting over fifty years of ecoactivism by the Ecology Center of Southern California and sixty years for Educational Communications including the Oscar-nomination plaque for a documentary. Among the organization's Southern California memorabilia are records, correspondence, photographs, newsletters, and brochures related to the Ecology Center's first Earth Day, which occurred in 1970. The collection also covers the activities of environmental activists in the area. The Environmental Resources Library has over 2000 autographed books about the environment. Other projects include Humanity and the Planet which donates educational supplies and books to groups around the world, and Earth Cultures which presents ethnic folk dance performances and has a collection of dance videos and music. The facility in Idyllwild, California, is now on the National Registry of Historic Places and is available for photo shoots, retreats, meetings, and public visits.

Sisters of Social Service

Collections of the organization document the history of the Sisters in Los Angeles and California from 1926-present. Particular emphasis is given to Hungarian immigrant experience and social services with Hispanic neighborhoods. Archives also include records which reflect the activities of the Social Service Auxiliary and Juniors of Social Service.

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Collections of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee contain video interviews, documentaries, photographs, art, collectibles, and other ephemera. Subjects include deep information about So Cal oil history, rail porters, Watts area development, housing, transportation, homelessness, workforce development, activism, advocacy and policy. 100 year [paper] collection of Mirror/Times Mirror/Times daily newspaper, 100 year [paper] collection of National Geographic, original rare policy documents, historic research publications, proposals, contracts, etc. Large collection of Americana including rail transportation memorabilia and toys, racist memorabilia, photographs on South Central, Panther Party photographs (on loan from Howard Bingham), Martin Luther King photographs (licensed by Ben Fernandez), More than 2,000 hours of events, seminars, productions and other WLCAC activities in digital (transferred from Beta, VHS, Hi-8 and Mini DV). Old documents tracking the history of WLCAC and the life of its' founder, Ted Watkins, including family photographs, awards and other recognition.

Duarte Historical Museum

The collection of the Duarte Historical Society and Friends of the Library focuses on the history of the City of Duarte and adjacent Bradbury. Its archive includes photographs, records, and other artifacts related to the settlers and families who developed Duarte, the local schools, and the local citrus industry..

Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society

The Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society's collection contains photo-graphs, books, pamphlets, documents, artifacts, and oral interviews dealing with the history of the West San Fernando Valley, with emphasis on the area that was originally known as Owensmouth and is now called Canoga Park. Among these materials are high school yearbooks from 1916 to the 1950s; publications from the local women's club; a thesis on the development of the town; clippings and scrapbooks; and ephemera from the chamber of commerce, the Lion's Club, and other local organizations. Permanent and rotating displays at the society's museum depict life in the San Fernando Valley from the days of the Chumash Indians through the Mexican Rancho era and the period of dry farming and grain growing in the 1800s to the transformation brought about by the arrival of aerospace industries in the 1950s and 1960s.

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

SPARC’s MREC is one of the country’s largest repositories of information about murals and other forms of public art. SPARC produces, exhibits, and preserves public art works and is particularly committed to enhancing the visibility of work which reflects the lives and concerns of American’s diverse ethnic populations, women, working people, youth and elderly. We have an extensive collection of journals, magazines, newspaper articles, over 30,000 slides and artists registry which are visited by hundreds of students, educators, scholars, artists, and art historians. Our tours highlight the community based public art works, which communicate the voices and visions of the complex neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The collection of renowned Chicana artist and SPARC’s Founder/Artistic Director, Judith F. Baca’s art work is managed by SPARC as well. We have the largest archives on murals, public art, graffiti, etc. in Los Angeles.