1964-1980

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.

Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Outfest's collection is based on sixteen years of presenting films and videos about the gay and lesbian community. Although much of the collection is not Los Angeles-based, Los Angeles is referenced a great deal. The collection contains approximately five hundred titles.

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.

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.

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..

Dan Kwong Collection

Dan Kwong has early snapshots and formal photographs of Japanese and Chinese family members, as well as correspondence collected by his Japanese grandfather while interned by the U.S. government during World War II from 1940-1945. Mr. Kwong's archival documents also include scripts, photographs, and ephemera from his noted performance work.

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.

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.

Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center

Beyond Baroque is a small, independent literary archive center. Its holdings include chapbooks, volumes of fiction and poetry, literary periodicals, small edition works, and audio recordings of events at the center. The publications relating to poetry and literature date from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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”.