1900-1920

Korean Youth Community Center (KYCC)

KYCC's mission is to serve the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the greater Los Angeles area and of the dynamic multiethnic community in Koreatown. Directed toward recently immigrated, economically disadvantaged youth and their families, KYCC's programs and services are designed to promote community socioeconomic empowerment, encourage positive identity among the youth, enhance intergenerational relationships between Korean Americans, and develop constructive interethnic community relations. Founded in 1975 as an outreach project of the Asian American Drug Abuse Program and formerly known as the Korean Youth Center (KYC), KYCC was incorporated as an independent, nonprofit agency in 1982 and accepted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles as its first Korean agency one year later. In 1998, the High School Group in KYCC's Korean American Youth Leadership Program initiated a Korean American history project intended to educate the members of the group and other youth about their rich history and heritage. They have chosen to present their findings in the form of an academic planner. This planner is a compilation of photographs and oral histories of pioneering Korean American immigrants. KYCC's headquarters are located on the ground floor of a multi-use building that was designed by Hak Sik Son and completed in 1994; on the upper floors are nineteen units of affordable housing. Site visits can be scheduled by calling KYCC.

Armenian Numismatic Society

The Armenian Numismatic Society, an educational, non-profit organization, is the only active body in the world concerned with Armenian numismatics. The Society was established on February 27, 1971 as the “Armenian Coin Club.” On June 28, 1972, the name of the organization was changed to the “Armenian Numismatics and Artifact Society.” And by unanimous vote on November 25, 1974, the name of the Armenian Numismatics Society was chosen. The lectures and publications of the Society deal predominantly with Armenian coins, banknotes, medallions, stamps, artifacts, and archaeology.

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.

Hirokazu Kosaka Collection

The private collection of Mr. Hirokazu Kosaka is a rich hybrid of various nations and traditions. They include photographs and objects from his family’s immigrant history from the late 19th century, archery equipment dating back to 1916, and correspondence letters from family members while in internment camps. Mr. Kosaka is much accomplished as he is an ordained Buddhist priest, an artist and master of Zen Archery. Presently he serves as chairman to the Los Angeles Dojo organization. In 1992 the Museum of Contemporary Art, (MOCA), published the book “In the Mood”.

Delmar Watson Photographic Archives, Inc.

Dating back to the late 1800’s, the archive contains over 2 million negatives, photographs, and turn-of-the-century 5X7 glass negatives of numerous events in Los Angeles and history at large. Also included are recorded oral histories, photographic scrapbooks, photographic equipment and memorabilia. Covering 180 years of the vast panoply of human endeavor, it is one of the largest, privately owned collections of general interest photographs in the United States.

Bison Archives

Historical photographs and information on the history of Los Angeles and the Southern California area. Archive specializes in the history of the television and motion picture industry (studios) in the U.S. and Los Angeles specifically.Archive also has in it architectural history of the Los Angeles area as well.

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center preserves and encourages appreciation of Japanese and Japanese American heritage and culture. The center's Franklin D. Murphy Library has a comprehensive collection of books in English and Japanese about the Japanese community in the United States. The library also holds books in English and Japanese about Japan and about Japanese culture, arts, and history.