1921-1949

Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries

The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives Library is the principle repository for the preservation and access of the Leatherby Libraries’ rare and unique collections. Special Collections holds rare books, manuscripts, maps and collections of enduring value while the Archives preserves the history of the university and the Chapman family. The department includes the Dan and Sarah Caton Hogan Seminar Room with appropriate presentation technology, the Aquin Mitsuo Yamagishi Reading Room, and the Huell Howser Reading Room. The Library was named by the late Trustee C. Stanley Chapman, Jr., and his wife, Joan Mt. Pleasant Chapman in honor of Joan’s uncle, Frank Mt. Pleasant, a Tuscarora Indian. We also hold material on the early years of Chapman University when it was located in Los Angeles: 1920-1923 CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF CHRISTIANITY Located at the Wilshire Christian Church in Los Angeles from 1920-1921. Moved to 766 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, in 1921 1923-1934 CALIFORNIA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE Vermont Ave. campus 1934-1954 CHAPMAN COLLEGE Vermont Ave. campus from 1934-1942 Located on Whittier College Campus from 1942-1945 Vermont Ave. campus from 1945-1954

The Jonathan Heritage Foundation Archives, The Jonathan Club

The collection consists of records and artifacts pertaining to the history of The Jonathan Club, a social club founded in Los Angeles in 1896 and currently serving 4,000 members. Included are thousands of photographs of members and member events, a full run of the Jonathan Magazine (1931-present), some early rosters and registers of Club activities, and realia from various club headquarters and offices (including the Beach Club in Santa Monica).

Western Conservancy of Nursing History

Collection of acrical materials from many of the early and present schools of nursing in Southern California with emphasis on those in and around Los Angeles dating from 1853 to currency.

California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo State Hospital Collection. In 1932, 1500 acres located within the City of Camarillo, County of Ventura were acquired for a state hospital. The hospital was expected to house 7000 patients and over 700 staff. At completion, it was the largest mental hospital in the world. CAM officially closed in June of 1993, but, it was reacquired by the CSU in 1996 as the first university in the county. The CSH collection expounds upon this history in an original and artificial gathering of both hospital and archive-generated documents.

A.K. Smiley Public Library

Collections include pamphlets and ephemera documenting the growth, industries, transportation, and social organizations of Los Angeles and greater southern California; photograph collections; thousands of books related to southern California; and numerous archival collections related to indiviuals, the citrus industry, and businesses in the Inland Empire.

Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture - David Geffen School of Medicine - UCLA

The collection includes early California newspapers. Mostly Spanish language. Demographic data sets that include birth records, marriage records, death records, censuses, tax records, and membership lists. Some secondary sources, such as monographs and journals. Some transcripts of family papers and public records.

California State University, Long Beach

The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive, containing 1000+ hours of original oral history recordings accessible online, includes the following collections specially related to Los Angeles area: Asian American history; Labor History; Long Beach Area History; Mexican American History; Musical Developments in Southern California; Southeast Asian Communities; University History; Women's History

Orange Empire Railway Museum

Founded in 1956, the Orange Empire Railway Museum preserves the railway history of Los Angeles and Southern California. In addition to its large collection of full size railway cars and locomotives, its archives contains extensive materials on the Los Angeles Railway and Pacific Electric Railway, as well as the mainline railroads that served Southern California.

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum, Inc.

World's largest independently held collection of African American history and culture; consisting of rare and out-of-print books, documents, films, music, photographs and memorabilia.

Center for Oral and Public History/California State University, Fullerton

Collections include 5,000+ oral histories in 250 projects, representing geographical, ethnic, political, religious, and social communities of selected Orange County, Los Angeles, Southern California, and Western US locales. Topics include community histories, environmental studies, including Sierra Club, Laguna Beach Greenbelt, Bolsa Chica, ethnic studies (African American, Native American, Mexican American, Japanese American, Judaica Studies, Vietnamese Americans), politics and government (Orange County politics, conservative women), society and culture (sulf culture, surf music, women with silicone breast implants, sports and society in Cold War Southern California, theater, baseball, women in long-term marriages, transformation of grocery stores, and new wave in Czechoslovakian film, 1990s UCI fertility clinic scandal, Mormon colonies in Mexico), just to name a few.