1981-Present

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.

East Los Streetscapers

East Los Streetscapers was founded in 1975 by Wayne Alaniz Healy and David Rivas Botello, both veterans of the East Los Angeles mural movement. Among the public art projects produced by this team are paintings, tiles, bas-reliefs, and sculptures in a wide variety of materials. The designs are multicultural, strong, dynamic, colorful, site specific, and compositionally dramatic in line and texture. The East Los Streetscapers' collaborative works frequently involve other Chicano artists. The archives of the East Los Streetscapers contain all of the creative and documentary records related to the team's artwork, both public and private. In its collection are original concepts, designs, cartoons, maquettes, and finished art pieces.

Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS)

Since 1989, CARS has been breaking down barriers between the public and the arts. It offers Los Angeles artists and artists visiting the area guidance and access to the local resources they need for their work and for reaching new audiences. CARS also consults on the production of events in public venues and on the creation of new public spaces for the arts in urban settings. CARS maintains a state-of-the-art database of over fifty-seven thousand artists, arts organizations, venues, and audience members. This contemporary and constantly updated database is used to provide mailing lists to artists and as a networking tool. In addition, CARS has published two resource guides for artists: Doing It Right in LA (1990) and Southern California Performing Arts Venues (1993). CARS is not a collecting organization.

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.

Educational Communications

Established in 1958, Educational Communications is dedicated to improving the quality of life on this planet by creating greater awareness of environmental issues. Educational Communications currently holds 600 ECONEWS shows, an Emmy-nominated weekly television series airing on cable and PBS stations and the internet (Youtube); 2000 Environmental Directions radio shows, original audio recordings of the Environmental Directions international radio series, a half-hour interview show that airs on public, commercial, and listener-sponsored, in the United States and worldwide on the internet; two hundred original audio recordings of the Environmental Viewpoints radio series, a magazine-style program that provides news and information, including a calendar of events, music, interviews, and special conference coverage; and sixty original audio recordings of the one-hour shows in the Planet Health radio series. It has 42 years of The Compendium Newsletter (six issues per year; 252 editions). In addition to archival materials for Project Ecotourism, Educational Communications holds papers, letters, photographs, and other materials documenting over forty-five years of ecoactivism by the Ecology Center of Southern California and fifty years for Educational Communications including the Oscar-nomination plaque for a documentary. Among the organization's Southern California memorabilia are records, correspondence, photographs, newsletters, and brochures related to the Ecology Center's first Earth Day, which occurred in 1970. The collection also covers the activities of environmental activists in the area. The Environmental Resources Library has over 2000 autographed books about the environment. Other projects include Humanity and the Planet which donates educational supplies and books to groups around the world, and Earth Cultures which presents ethnic folk dance performances and has a collection of dance videos and music.

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education

The Plaza private arts are a collective of four distinct collections. Each one focused in its own area of interest: The Vincent Price Collection contains twenty two pieces of ceramic, wood, and stone artifacts that are very fine pieces of historical note; The Plaza Hispanic Art Collection is a grouping of twenty eight paintings, prints and works on paper that emphasize the art of modern and contemporary artists; The Plaza Folk Art Collection is a gathering of one thousand, nine hundred and forty varied and mostly anonymous items produced in areas all over Mexico (the art works are all executed in a traditional or unschooled manner usually referred to as ‘folk’ or ‘primitive’); The Jose Galvez Collection contains one hundred eighty photographs donated to Plaza in 1989 by the artist himself. The images are a sampling of ten years of photographing the patrons of events held at Lincoln Park. There are a total of two thousand one hundred and seventy individual items that make up the Private Art Collection.

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.

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.

Side Street Projects

Side Street Projects is a community-based, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to helping artists produce and exhibit their work. Located in the Eighteenth Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica, Side Street Projects pro--vides and maintains a fully equipped workshop where local artists can have their pieces fabricated at reasonable rates or do the work themselves. Also available are a gallery for displaying artists' projects and installations and a workroom that can be rented for artists' workshops, lectures, or rehearsals. Side Street Projects is a place where artists really work, and it is alone in providing affordable support services to the local arts community. The organization's collections include catalogs, announcements, newsletters, and slides documenting all exhibits and projects. Side Street Projects also archives past exhibitions of local artists and maintains a Web site featuring local artists.

First Street Gallery Art Center

First Street Gallery/Art Center is founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or developmental disabilities. The gallery presents new exhibitions year-round of artwork produced at the center, and artists receive 60 percent of proceeds from sale of their work. First Street's collection includes art in a variety of mediums by adult artists with developmental disabilities.