1950-1963

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.

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Collections of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee contain video interviews, documentaries, photographs, art, collectibles, and other ephemera. Subjects include deep information about So Cal oil history, rail porters, Watts area development, housing, transportation, homelessness, workforce development, activism, advocacy and policy. 100 year [paper] collection of Mirror/Times Mirror/Times daily newspaper, 100 year [paper] collection of National Geographic, original rare policy documents, historic research publications, proposals, contracts, etc. Large collection of Americana including rail transportation memorabilia and toys, racist memorabilia, photographs on South Central, Panther Party photographs (on loan from Howard Bingham), Martin Luther King photographs (licensed by Ben Fernandez), More than 2,000 hours of events, seminars, productions and other WLCAC activities in digital (transferred from Beta, VHS, Hi-8 and Mini DV). Old documents tracking the history of WLCAC and the life of its' founder, Ted Watkins, including family photographs, awards and other recognition.

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

SPARC’s MREC is one of the country’s largest repositories of information about murals and other forms of public art. SPARC produces, exhibits, and preserves public art works and is particularly committed to enhancing the visibility of work which reflects the lives and concerns of American’s diverse ethnic populations, women, working people, youth and elderly. We have an extensive collection of journals, magazines, newspaper articles, over 30,000 slides and artists registry which are visited by hundreds of students, educators, scholars, artists, and art historians. Our tours highlight the community based public art works, which communicate the voices and visions of the complex neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The collection of renowned Chicana artist and SPARC’s Founder/Artistic Director, Judith F. Baca’s art work is managed by SPARC as well. We have the largest archives on murals, public art, graffiti, etc. in Los Angeles.

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.