1950-1963

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.