1964-1980

MPTV Images

When you think of some of the 20th century's most iconic images, such as

Elvis Presley reaching down to grasp the outstretched arms of his hometown Tupelo, Mississippi fans on an October afternoon in 1956;

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and a pack of 9 other men gathered around a pool table in 1960 during the making of a film called "Ocean's 11”;

Sophia Loren, newly arrived to Hollywood, casting a downward side-glance at Jayne Mansfield's ample bosom during a 1957 party at Mike Romanoff's eponymous restaurant;

Farrah Fawcett, a fresh-faced young star, posing in a red bathing suit in front of an old Indian blanket;

you may not think mptv, but you’re seeing us. For over 25 years we’ve been helping visually tell stories with one of the world’s most exclusive collections of entertainment photography. Founded by photographer Sid Avery, whose talent was astutely described by Vanity Fair’s Michael Callahan in a 2014 piece:

"Sid shot almost every cinema giant of the mid-20th century and pulled off a feat surpassing even that: he captured them unguarded, stripping away the studio and P.R. artifice to find the people hiding underneath."

This same keen eye, lucky for posterity, also focused beyond the moment of the snapshot and saw the value in preserving and celebrating, not only his own photography, but that of his colleagues’ for future generations. It is with this vision that mptv was born. With a current roster of over 60 photographers, Sid’s son, Ron Avery, currently manages a bustling and continually expanding Archive with a lineup of talent that includes such photographers as Bob Willoughby, Mark Shaw, Bruce McBroom, Sanford Roth and Bobby Holland, to name a few.

Picture professionals everywhere – from photo editors to art buyers and every creative in between – flock to mptv, not only for our expertise, but also for our unsurpassed quality, unique content and attentive service.

You’ve seen our photos everywhere, now discover the source.

University of California, Los Angeles, Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive

Established in 1969, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Library and Archive was the first library of its kind and is now the only freestanding Chicano studies library in the United States. It provides information resources, reference services, and bibliographic instruction for those seeking information on the Chicano experience. The library makes its holdings accessible to users from UCLA and from around the world. Although the CSRC was originally founded to ensure preservation and accessibility of the Chicano experience, it is now becoming the repository of choice for Latino donors in general. The collection includes over 16,000 monographs, approximately 300 serial titles, a large collection of theses and dissertations, over 40,000 digital objects - many of them accessible on the UCLA Digital Library, and a large collection of posters, a/v materials, and a growing collection of archival holdings totalling close to 2,000 linear feet of material. Please note that we are a non-circulating library. Most items may be scanned or photocopied onsite. If you wish to access one of our special collections, please contact us before you visit to make appropriate arrangements.

Santa Monica History Museum

The Santa Monica Historical Society was founded in 1975 as part of the city’s centennial celebration with the mission of collecting and preserving the history, art and culture of the Santa Monica Bay Area. In 1988, a Museum was established to house the Society’s growing collections of artifacts, documents, rare books, newspapers, textiles, artwork, and photographic images. Currently, the Museum’s Image Archives comprise over 500,000 photographs and negatives depicting the local history of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, Santa Monica Canyon, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Venice and Marina del Rey. The Outlook Newspaper Collection, one of the Museum’s primary holdings, consists of newspapers in hardcopy and on microfilm, extensive files by people and subject headings, and an estimated 400,000 photographs and negatives. Operating from 1875 at the time of the city’s founding until 1998 when the publication ceased its operations, the daily newspaper covered local, regional, state and national events. With an award-winning staff of professional photographers, the newspaper produced a significant archive of images that comprehensively portray the cultural, political and social life of the Santa Monica Bay Area communities. In addition, the archive contains images of major events taking place in the greater Los Angeles area, including cultural affairs, politics, features, sports, celebrities, presidential visits and conventions, the Los Angeles riots and earthquakes, fires and floods. The Museum also houses the collections of Outlook Newspaper photographers Bill Beebe, consisting of approximately 75,000 images from the 1930s to the 1960s, and Bob Smith, consisting of approximately 6,000 images from the 1960s to the 1990s. The Museum’s Image Archives also include publisher Diane Margolin’s City Scene images, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Collection and the Museum’s extensive collection of early Santa Monica photographs.

Western Costume Company

Since 1912, Western Costume Company has supplied costumes for film, television, stage, and school productions. In 1915, this costume house established the first production research library. Today the library’s holdings document what people around the world have worn throughout the ages. The library’s archival holdings consist of costume sketches, historic costumes, and the Twentieth Century Fox costume still collection from the late 1930s -1970s.

Wally G. Shidler Historical Collection of Southern California Ephemera

The Wally G. Shidler Historical Collection is a collection of pamphlets, folders, maps, books, and electric railway time tables from the Los Angeles City, County and adjacent areas. The collection is heavy in Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railway materials as well as Theatre Programs from most of the major theatres in the Los Angeles area. The collection contains most of the Huntington Park and Walnut Park City Directory's beginning in 1914. The collection contains all of the Huntington Park Union High School 1911-1932 and Huntginton Park High School 1932-1959 "El Recuardo" year books as well as a large quantity of the school news papers, "The Bulletin" and "Spartan Shield"

University of Southern California, Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

The Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies was founded in 1985 with a donation of an 80,000 volume book collection related mainly to the study of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. However, this first donation also included books and pamphlets related to Alta and Baja California, the U.S. Hispanic Southwest, the U.S.-Mexico border region, and a small collection of early 20th century books and pamphlets published in Spanish in Los Angeles. Since the mid-1990s the Boeckmann Center has consistently documented the presence of Hispanics in Southern California. This initiative included the creation of the Cuban California Archive (est. in 1997) which focuses on contributions of Cuban Americans and Cuban exiles to Los Angeles and Southern California. Highlights include materials donated by Cuban American composer Aurelio de la Vega, newsletters from the community group the Patronato Jose Marti, items from the Lorente Family including the archive of Carlos Sebastian Lorente's B.L Engineering firm, photographs and playbills of the Havanafama theater group, copies of the Directorio Cubano de Los Angeles and books by and about Cuban American writers in Southern California. The Hispanic Community Archive (est. in 2004) includes the personal and scholarly papers of Luis Andres Murillo and his collection of bilingual ephemera and pamphlets, published in Los Angeles, exemplifying contemporary Spanish language usage in the area. Other donations include a collection related to the Escuela Argentina de Los Angeles, from Dr. Samuel Marks, a donation by Los Angeles teacher and music historian Raymond Valencia Lopez of printed works created for early bilingual education instruction, in the Los Angeles school district. Another collection contains materials relating to the Chicano Movement, Cesar Chavez and journalist Ruben Salazar. Among the Spanish language community newspapers in the collection, published and/or distributed in Los Angeles are complete runs, on microfilm or in hardcopy, of La Voz Libre, 20 de Mayo, Bohemio News, De Norte a Sur, and Tango Reporter. The Chicano Studies Serial Collection on microfilm contains numerous serial titles published in Los Angeles and Southern California. The Boeckmann Reference collection provides information on Mexican Americans, Chicanos/Latinos and other Hispanics in Los Angeles, in addition to reference works related to Spain, Portugal and all countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Though the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive has traditionally focused on collecting musics outside of Los Angeles, in recent years the Archive has developed a significant collection of LA-based materials. These materials include the following: AFAMILA - Archiving Filipino American Music in Los Angeles: includes commercial and non-commercial recordings of LA based FilAm artists. Donn Borcherdt Collection: includes recordings of LA based Mexican music. GALA - Gospel Archiving in Los Angeles: includes commercial and non-commercial recordings of LA based Gospel music; UCLA Ethnomusicology Audiovisual Collection: includes audiovisual recordings documenting guest artists, lectures, and performance ensembles associated with ethnomusicology at UCLA; Emily Sene Collection: includes field recordings of LA based Sephardic music; D. K. Wilgus Folksong Collection: includes LA based field recordings documenting original field recordings of cowboy songs, jokes, oral histories, Japanese tales, Israeli folklore, blues, and folk music.

Irene Fertik

Irene Fertik is a community artist, teacher, and photographer whose work has appeared in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and books. Her collection of photographs contains images of New York City in the decade from 1967 to 1977 (Black construction workers of all trades, Black theater, Black dance, jazz, civil rights activities, other aspects of Black life and culture), Israel, (kibbutz life, 1967-1968); Ethiopian Jews, 1992-present), and Los Angeles (amateur athletics, 1986; artists involved in community-based art projects, 1988; portraits of Black photographers, 1966). Her collection of photographs taken by seven Los Angeles-based Black photographers between 1949 and 1970 is one of 3 grants done in LA. Another is the first year of The Amateur Athletic Association grantees - young community sports teams in southern CA. Since 1992 she has been to Israel 14 times working on a book project documenting the lives of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Her project is entitled From Tesfa to Tikva, and will be published by 2012. She continues to have exhibitions of this work around the United States.

Design and Historic Preservation Section, City of Pasadena Planning & Community Development Dept.

Within the City of Pasadena, the Design and Historic Preservation Section reviews plans for construction and building alterations affecting historic properties, conducts historic building surveys, carries out environmental reviews in compliance with state and federal laws regarding the preservation of historic resources, designates properties as landmarks and landmark districts, and directs nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. It also provides staff support for the city’s Design Commission and Cultural Heritage Commission. The Design and Historic Preservation Section’s holdings include building permits, surveys, photographs, slides, articles, books, and other information about Pasadena’s homes, buildings, and architecture. In addition, the section maintains files that furnish historic information about local properties (arranged by address) and about architects and builders who have worked in Pasadena. It also keeps subject files that contain newspaper clippings and copies of other historical documents pertaining to Pasadena which are organized by themes such as parks, streets, and neighborhoods.