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University of California, Los Angeles, Film and Television Archive

UCLA Film & Television Archive holds over 250,000 films and television programs produced from the 1890s to the present. The collection includes independent and studio-produced shorts and feature films, advertising and industrial films, documentaries, local and network TV programming, commercials, news and public affairs broadcasts, and 27 million feet of newsreels produced between 1919 and 1971. • Containing material dating back to the 1890s, the motion picture holdings include: Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum African American Film Collection, significant collections related to African-American and Chicano/a contributions to film and television, animation, films from major studios including Columbia, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Twentieth-Century Fox, Hearst Metrotone Newsreels, Pre-Code era and film noir titles, industrials, sponsored films, amateur films and home movies, Soundies, independent films from the Sundance collection, and over 10,000 LGBT holdings in the Outfest collection. • The television collection documents the entire course of broadcast history. Significant collections include: DuMont TV, primetime and Los Angeles area Emmy Award nominees and winners, KTLA newsfilm, ABC-TV Collection of over 20,000 titles, early television dating back to the late 1940s, over 10,000 commercials, 50 years of Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcasts, and a significant collection of “Golden Age” anthology dramas. • The News and Public Affairs Collection (NAPA) consists of over 100,000 news programs and broadcasts taped off air from 1979 to 2003. Programs held in the NAPA collection include: local Los Angeles news, network and cable nightly and morning news programs, and local foreign language news. The collection also holds extended coverage of important news events, such as 9/11

UCLA Library Special Collections

Library Special Collections is the largest of the special collections units administered by the university and encompasses the following divisions: Rare Books; Manuscripts, Prints, Photographs, and Maps; Oral History; and University Archives. It acquires, organizes, preserves, and provides access to rare and unique materials in the humanities and social sciences. The holdings include three hundred thousand rare books, forty-two thousand linear feet of manuscript and archival collections, and four million photographic negatives and prints. In addition, the department’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century collections contain a variety of artifacts, audio recordings, videos, printed ephemera, oral history transcripts, phonograph records, postcards, and posters. The department acquires principally materials relating to the arts; California; area studies; ethnic studies; the history of printing, including atlases and early Italian books; and literature, including children’s books. Some of the department’s areas of specialization are Hebraica and Judaica; the history of philosophy; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies; natural resources; photography; travel and exploration; and women. The more than twenty-four hundred collections in the Department of Special Collections are managed by the divisions of. Each division’s holdings are selected or created to complement those of the other divisions. Researchers are welcome to discuss holdings at greater length with the staff.

University of California, Los Angeles, Asian American Studies Center

The Reading Room/Library of the Asian American Studies Center houses a significant archive on Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The holdings include books, documents, printed ephemera, photographs, films, paintings, and videos that chronicle the development of Asian American communities in Los Angeles and nationwide. In collaboration with Special Collections at the university’s Young Research Library, the Asian American Studies Center has established collections that preserve and provide access to hard-to-find materials donated by members of the Asian Pacific community in Southern California. The Japanese American Research Project is the largest of these collections. It contains more than one hundred groups of personal papers, several thousand responses to surveys conducted in the 1960s, approximately four hundred audiotaped oral histories, artwork created by internees during World War II, and other rare records and publications related to Japanese Americans.

South Pasadena Public Library, South Pasadena Historical Archives

The City of South Pasadena Historical Archives contain primarily material pertaining to the history of the South Pasadena area, with some of the material dating to before the city’s incorporation. Included are files on city buildings listed in the National Registry of Historical Landmarks, biographies of prominent government officials, city telephone directories dating back to 1885, and an extensive collection of photographs. The business, residential, and city documents in the archives range from chamber of commerce publications to records related to the history of the city’s school system.

Santa Monica Public Library

The Santa Monica Public Library Image Archives contain historical photographs, postcards, and slides documenting the city's changing landscape and architecture as well as the commercial enterprises that shaped the development of the City of Santa Monica. The Archives include surrounding areas such as Pacific Palisades, Venice and Malibu among others. As early as 1875, Santa Monica's beaches attracted visitors from other areas, making tourism and transportation key local industries. The Archives include many images of resort hotels, bathhouses, amusement piers, the Long Wharf (intended Port of Los Angeles), Southern Pacific Railroad, and Douglas Aircraft, along with bearchgoers, shopkeepers, classes of schoolchildren, founding families, Spanish land grant holders, and other historically significant people. All of the Archives' images are available in digitized format on the web from the Library's digital collection site, Imagine Santa Monica, http://digital.smpl.org. The Library has the Santa Monica Outlook newspaper (1875- 1998) available on microfilm at the Main Library. Early years of the Outlook (1875-1920) are also available from the Imagine Santa Monica site. The Library's staff has selectively indexed and annotated articles published in the newspaper between 1950 and 1998. Since the demise of the Outlook, the Library's staff has indexed the local information published in the weekly "Our Times" section of the Los Angeles Times and is currently indexing the Santa Monica Mirror. Both are also available on microfilm. The newspaper indexes are available online from Imagine Santa Monica, http://digital.smpl.org.

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.

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.

Special Collections Department, Occidental College Library

Collection Description: For over one hundred years, many notable gifts and endowments have been bestowed upon Occidental College Library for the advancement of the College mission in higher education and as an institution for the preservation of cultural heritage. With nearly 100,000 rare books, archival papers and manuscripts, visual media, paintings, prints and artifacts of unique significance in the arts, literature, theatre, book arts, and local, regional and cultural history, Special Collections supports undergraduate, scholarly and public research. Collections providing information about Los Angeles and the Southern California region include the following: • Japanese American Relocation Collection: letters, pamphlets, newspapers, and other publications related to the forced internment of people of Japanese heritage during World War II with particularly emphasis on college student relocation and higher education • Robinson Jeffers Collection: books, manuscripts, photographs, letters, editions, and other works by and about this Californian poet (1887-1962); Ward Ritchie Press Collection: examples of the work of this Los Angeles printer and book designer (1905-1996), along with Ritchie’s Christmas book collection • K. Garth Huston Plantin Press Collection: nearly all the books printed by Saul and Lillian Marks at their Plantin Press in Los Angeles between 1930 and the mid-1980s • Guymon Mystery and Detective Fiction Collection: first editions, manuscripts, film scripts, photographs, and other material in and about these genres from 1592 to 1975 • Pauley-Voorhis Western Americana Collection: first-person narratives by the men and women who explored and settled the American West • Max and Virginia Hayward Californiana Collection: first-person narratives and histories dealing with the early settlement of California • Northrop/Millar Aviation Collection: material documenting the history and development of the aviation industry in Southern California • Bill Henry Collection: personal library and papers of! the Los Angeles Times columnist (1890–1970), whose interests included the Olympic Games, modern history, presidential campaigns, and aviation in Southern California • Klamm Collection: nine thousand stereoscopic views includes images of people and places in Southern California • Upton Sinclair Collection: Collected works of writer and social activist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), magazines, pamphlets, news clippings and materials related to End Poverty in California, EPIC, the 1934 campaign for California governorship • The College Archives: administrative records and college publications documenting college life and higher education since 1887, includes thirty-five thousand historical photographs of the college, college activities and northeastern Los Angeles • Other smaller collections include the papers of author Edna Anderson, Osgood Hardy and Charles Fletcher Lummis including Mr. Lummis' handwritten "Daily Journal" are also among the department's holdings.

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.

Long Beach Collection, Long Beach Public Library

The Long Beach Collection preserves a variety of materials documenting the history of Long Beach. These include approximately one hundred audiotaped interviews, which were gathered in 1980 through an oral history project; over five thousand photographs of places and events in Long Beach; two hundred cubic feet of pamphlets and clippings arranged by broad subject categories; two hundred linear feet of cultural artifacts such as scrapbooks, directories, and time capsules; fifty maps of the City of Long Beach; one hundred videos produced by the City of Long Beach for the local cable channel; and two hundred linear feet of books and City of Long Beach documents. The library’s project to retrospectively index articles about the city’s history published in local newspapers between 1890 and 1965 is nearing completion; a database of the indexed materials may be accessed at the library.