1921-1949

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.

Daniel T. Muñoz

Daniel Muñoz's collection has books on the history of Los Angeles County; newspaper articles from Echo Park and other neighborhoods and cities in the count regarding hospitals, transportation, and many other subjects; City of Los Angeles directories from 1887 through 1940, with some years missing; Photographs of the Echo Park area; architecture books; Leo Politi children’s books; quarterlies from different historical societies; some maps of Los Angeles; and social club booklets. Archive has older maps, 1886 registry of voters for Los Angeles County, an 1888 City of Los Angeles Directory (only four in existence), panoramic views of Los Angeles, such as Angelino Heights, Silverlake and downtown, real estate atlas surveys of Los Angeles 1905 and 1923, and lots of rare books of limited printing.

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.

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.

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.

McGroarty Art Center Friends

Longtime Verdugo Hills resident John Steven McGroarty was a playwright, columnist, lawyer, congressman, and poet of California. He lived for many years at Rancho Chupa Rosa, a small hacienda near Tujunga that the City of Los Angeles bought in 1953 and now uses to host culture and craft classes. At the turn of the twentieth century, McGroarty crusaded for the restoration of California's early landmarks, especially the missions that once distinguished the state's landscape. In 1911, with the publication of The Mission Play, a drama about Father Junipero Serra and the rise and fall of the California missions, McGroarty became a popular playwright. The play opened in San Gabriel on 29 April 1912. In addition to other plays, including La Golondrina, Osceola, and Babylon, McGroarty wrote poems, novels, historical works, and the Los Angeles Times column "From the Green Verdugo Hills. "The McGroarty Art Center's collection contains the library and memorabilia of John Steven McGroarty, and the center's archival holdings include plays, books, and Los Angeles Times articles written by McGroarty.