1848-1899

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.

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.

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.

Pacific Palisades Historical Society

The collections of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society deal with the history of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica; the Chautauqua movement; the Methodist community from 1921 to 1943; the Uplifters Club from 1921 to 1945; the Westside community of German émigrés from 1934 to 1943; Will Rogers; J. Paul Getty and the Parker Ranch; the film industry; beach culture; the now-nonexistent Bernheimer Gardens; and architecture, especially the Case Study houses and the buildings in the Craftsman and the International architectural styles in the area. The society's holdings on the Chautauqua center that existed in Pacific Palisades from 1922 to 1936 are extensive and particularly interesting because the center's activities reveal the concerns at the heart of intellectual, social, and religious life in the Los Angeles region during those years.

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.

Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Immanuel Presbyterian Church has corporate minutes; organizational records of governing bodies, committees, and other subgroups; and membership records. In the church's library are publications dealing with the history of the church, which is over one hundred years old and was known as a leader in the neighborhood, the city, and the Presbyterian community during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Immanuel Presbyterian Church is now focusing on being more responsive to the needs of the community and on creating bonds between the church and the surrounding area. For example, the church conducts citizenship classes and participates in various collaborative efforts with other community development organizations and the Wilshire Chamber of Commerce. The congregation presently comprises Hispanics from Central and South America and Mexico, Anglos, Filipinos, Koreans, and African Americans.

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.