Pre-1848

Robert Mendel Research Collection

Photo archive (many obtained from LA Public Library Collection, plus others from misc. sources)., Historical Document archive (many also obtained from LA Public Library collection, but many others as well). All items of particular interest to those interested in Northeast Los Angeles, especially Highland Park, Garvanza, and Eagle Rock. Other collection: I have aggregated the history of location scouting in southern california via manilla folders used for presentation of location scouting photography from the late '80s to the early 2000s. Sources include individual location scouts' collections, the california film commission library (retired in 2015) and my personal collection. The amount is over 500 linear feet and is organized via the California Film Commission system. AGRICULTURAL - 0100 Fish Farms & Hatcheries - 0101 Ranches & Farms- 0102 Vineyards & Orchards - 0103 CITIES, TOWNS & PUBLIC SPACES - 0200 Cities - 0201 Fountains & Statues- 0202 Neighborhoods - 0203 Small Towns - 0204 Town Squares & Plazas - 0205 Western, Mining & Ghost Towns - 0206 COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL - 0300 Art Galleries - 0301 Automobile Dealerships - 0302 Ballrooms & Banquet Facilities - 0303 Banks - 0304 Bars & Nightclubs - 0305 Beauty Salons & Barber Shops - 0306 Cemeteries - 0307 Convention Centers - 0308 Funeral Homes & Mortuaries - 0309 Gas Stations, Auto Repair & Car Wash - 0310 Hospitals & Medical Care Facilities -0311 Hotels, Motels, Resorts & Spas - 0312 Office Buildings - 0313 Parking Lots & Structures - 0314 Restaurants - 0315 Stores, Malls & Retail Districts - 0316 Stores, Malls & Retail Districts - 0316 ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE - 0400 Amusement & Theme Parks - 0401 Attractions - 0402 Billiard & Pool Halls - 0403 Boardwalks - 0404 Bowling Alleys - 0405 Carnivals - 0406 Casinos & Card Clubs - 0407 Fairgrounds & Exhibition Halls - 0408 Health Clubs & Workout Facilities - 0409 Theaters & Stages - 0410 Zoological Parks & Aquariums - 0411 GOVERNMENT - 0500 Civic & Community Centers - 0501 Courthouses & Courtrooms - 0502 Fire Stations - 0503 Government Buildings - 0504 Military Bases & Forts - 0505 Morgues - 0506 Police Facilities - 0507 Prisons & Jails - 0508 INDUSTRIAL - 0600 Boiler Rooms, Basements & Tunnels - 0601 Factories, Plants & Mills - 0602 Junkyards, Dumps & Recycling Centers - 0603 Manufacturing & Industrial District - 0604 Manufacturing & Industrial District - 0604 Oil Fields, Refineries & Derricks - 0605 Quarries, Gravel Pits & Mines - 0606 Factories Plants Mills - 0607 Warehouses - 0607 INSTITUTIONAL - 0700 Churches, Synagogues & Temples - 0701 Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools - 0702 Daycare Centers & Preschools - 0703 Elementary & Secondary Schools - 0704 Libraries - 0705 Missions - 0706 Museums - 0707 Observatories & Planetariums - 0708 Seminaries, Convents & Retreats - 0709 Shelters and Transient Lodging - 0710 Social and Fraternal Halls - 0711 MISCELLANEOUS - 0800 Boardrooms & Conference Rooms - 0801 Hangars - 0802 Kitchens & Bathrooms - 0803 Laboratories, Research & Tech - 0804 - Lofts & Studios - 0805 Murals & Graffiti - 0806 Vacant Lots & Abandoned Building - 0807 Vernacular Architecture - 0808 NATURAL TERRAIN - 0900 NATURAL TERRAIN - 0900 Caves & Caverns - 0901 Deserts & Barren Land - 0902 Dry Lake Beds - 0903 Forests & Woodlands - 0904 Mountains & Rocks - 0905 Open Terrain - 0906 Sand Dunes - 0907 Scenic Vistas & Geological Oddities - 0908 PARKS GARDENS AND CAMPS - 1000 Camps & Campgrounds - 1001 Gardens - 1002 Jungles - 1003 Parks - 1004 RESIDENTIAL - 1100 Apartments & Condominiums - 1101 Cabins - 1102 Castles - 1103 Houses - 1104 Mansions & Estates - 1105 Mobile Homes & Trailer Parks - 1106 SPORTS - 1200 Arenas & Stadiums - 1201 Cycling Sports Facilities - 1202 Equestrian Facilities - 1203 Golf Facilities - 1204 Gymnasiums - 1205 Gymnasiums - 1205 Motor Raceways - 1206 Racquet Sports Facilities - 1207 Ranges - 1208 Skating Rinks & Parks - 1209 Snowsport Facilities - 1210 Swimming Pools - 1211 STUDIOS - 1300 Professional Photo Studios & Labs - 1301 Recording, Broadcast & Cable Facilities - 1302 Studio Backlots & Standing Sets - 1303 TRANSPORTATION - 1400 Aircraft - 1401 Airports & Airfields - 1402 Alleys - 1403 Boats & Ships - 1404 Bridges - 1405 Cable Cars, Buses & Trolleys - 1406 Railroads & Rail Transportation - 1407 Roads, Highways, Freeways & Matches - 1408 Tunnels - 1409 Walkways and Bike Paths - 1410 WATER - 1500 Beaches & Coastline - 1501 Commercial Ports, Piers & Docks - 1502 Harbors & Marinas - 1503 Lakes, Dams & Reservoirs - 1504 Lakes, Dams & Reservoirs - 1504 Lighthouses - 1505 Rivers, Deltas & Waterfalls - 1506 Springs & Geysers - 1507 Swamps & Marshes - 1508 Water Storage Facilities - 1509

University of Southern California, Digital Library

The Digital Library of the University of Southern California (formerly known as the Digital Archive, formerly known as ISLA) is an ongoing project that is building a virtual library of digitized multidisciplinary materials much of which has a focus on the Los Angeles region. Its search and retrieval software will allows these materials to be accessed using the parameters of space, time, keyword, format, or collection. The Digital Library includes: Images selected from maps and historical newspapers in the Huntington Library’s collection, including color maps created by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939, the Spanish-language newspaper El Clamor Publico (1855-1859), and the Los Angeles Star (1852-1863); photographs and maps from the Automobile Club of Southern California (1892-1963); photographs of artifacts from the archaeological collection (1880-1933) of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California; and from the University of Southern California’s collections, including the California Historical Society Collection (photographs of Los Angeles, 1860-1960), the Hearst Collection (news photographs from the Los Angeles Examiner, 1920-1961), the Whittington Collection (commercial and architectural photographs, 1924-1987), the East Asian Library (Korean-American documents, photographs, and oral histories), the Gamble House in Pasadena (architectural drawings, photographs and other documents relative to the Greene & Greene architects) (1888-1944); Texts such as manuscript documents pertaining to the activities of the Los Angeles Ayuntamiento and City Council (Los Angeles City Archives, Untitled Records Series, 1820s-1890s), newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles Examiner (1920-1961), and master’s theses and doctoral dissertations about Los Angeles written by students at the University of Southern California (1920s-1990s); Data from the historical federal censuses though 1990 and the WPA’s household survey of 1940. Because the Digital Library has arranged to digitize materials that are the intellectual property of various individuals and institutions, the downloading of some items may be subject to restrictions.

Glendora Historical Society

The collection at the museum is an eclectic assortment of items from the 1800's through the 1900's. There are tools for the home and farm, furniture, household accessories, office equipment, documents, photographs, and all types of clothing. Many items have been contributed by local residents over the years and have a direct connection to the "Upper San Gabriel Valley" and its residents.

Whittier College

Whittier College's Special Collections and Archives include six main collections. Our Quaker collection is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. This collection includes photographs, realia, rare books, primary, and secondary sources relating to Quaker's of the past and today. The subject of our second collection is John Greenleaf Whittier, respected 19th century poet.This collection includes nearly all books and poetical works written by Whittier (published and unpublished), photographs, broadsides, pamphlets, ephemera, and correspondence. Also included are documents and historical newspapers edited by Whittier, relating to the Abolition Movement, including: the National Era (1847-58), National Anti-Slavery Standard (1854-69), and American Manufacturer (1828-30).Three additional collections come from alumni Richard Nixon, Jessamyn West, and Lola B. Hoffman. The Nixon collection focuses on his pre-presidential life at Whittier College, and earlier. The collection includes photographs, college-related documents, oral histories, campaign ephemera, and various gifts given to Nixon during his years as a major public figure. The Jessamyn West collection includes works by the author, her personal papers, photographs, and and personal library.The Lola Hoffman Collection includes works on Mexican history, homeopathic medicine, the occult, classic literature, and Western history. Some of these works date back as far as the 15th century. The Special Collections also houses the College Archives. These document the college from its founding in 1887 to the current day. Included in this collection are yearbooks, administrative papers, photographs, ephemera, theses, professor publications, and college newspapers.

University of California, Irvine Libraries Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives houses the UC Irvine Libraries' collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and other rare and special materials. Major collections include the Critical Theory Archive, the Southeast Asian Archive, and the University Archives, as well as in-depth collections on Orange County and California history, dance and performing arts, 20th-century political pamphlets, artists' books, rare books, and small press books. UCI’s collection documents the history of Orange County from the mission period through the present, in 3,000 books and pamphlets and more than 100 historical and contemporary archival and manuscript collections. Strengths include the Irvine Ranch, City of Irvine, Irvine Company, San Juan Capistrano Mission, city histories, ranchos, the 19th-century actress Helena Modjeska, environmental issues, politics, Disneyland, LGBT issues, and surfing. Materials include photographs, family papers, letters, oral history interviews, maps, postcards, newspapers, government documents, and an enormous collection of local ephemera (such as flyers and brochures).

California Historical Society

The California Historical Society collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value in support of its mission to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. In our North Baker Research Library, we hold some fifty thousand books and pamphlets, four thousand manuscript collections, half a million photographs, as well as ephemera, periodicals, posters, maps and more. For Los Angeles and the surrounding area we have nearly 23,000 photographs from the Title Insurance and Trust Company (TICOR) and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LAACC) housed and managed for CHS by the Regional History Center at the University of Southern California and viewable through the USC Digital Library (digitallibrary.usc.edu). Documenting development of the Los Angeles region from 1860 to 1960, the TICOR collection includes the work of many prominent local photographers, including C. C. Pierce. The LAACC collection includes promotional images in addition to depicting the growth of the city and the transportation system. Besides these two important collections and other photographs, Southern California is represented chiefly by printed books and pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera, including many early promotional pieces with gems such as the 1888-89 Southern California Tourists’ Guide-Book, and an 1885 pamphlet entitled The Great Interior Fruit Belt and Sanitarium of Southern California, San Bernardino County, and Valleys Tributary Thereto.

Los Angeles Public Library, Rare Books Room / Digitization & Special Collections Department

Our core rare book collections include California history, Mexicana, bullfighting, Pacific voyages, food and wine, costume, travel in North America, Europe and the Near East, history of the book and printing, ornithology and Native American culture and history. 
Our special collections include the Casey Fashion Plate Collection, the Tom Owen Collection of Bookplate Art, Japanese woodblock prints, California prints, artists' books, travel posters, the Menu Collection, the Paul Fritzche Collection of Culinary Literature, the Cookery Ephemera Collection, fruit crate labels, the Gladys English Collection of American Children's Book Illustration, the Behymer Opera Collection, the Charles F. Lummis Autograph Collection (over 700 signatures, poems, notes and original art from 19th to early 20th century notable figures), George A. and Florence A. Dobinson Letters (mainly correspondences), Beaudry Candy Company Archive (company records in ledgers, notes and handwritten recipes), personal photographs of Walter Henry Rothwell (first director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), minutes, correspondences and notes of the Southwest Society and the Southwest Museum, L.A. Mayor Sam Yorty scrap books, Orra Eugene Monnette papers and the Los Angeles Resistance Collection (documents the non-cooperation with the Vietnam War draft).

 

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California was founded in1975 to discover and recognize Chinese American pioneers and the history of Chinese Americans in Southern California. It also works to increase aware-ness of Chinese American heritage through public programs, education, and research. The society's holdings focus on Southern California Chinese American history. Its collections include three hundred transcriptions of oral history interviews with Southern Californian Chinese Americans, the Robert Nash Collection on Chinese junks and fisheries, artifacts from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority old Chinatown/Union Station excavation and the Santa Barbara Chinatown archaeological site, photographs of old Chinatown and China City, and three paintings of old Chinatown. Its archive contains extended summaries of the oral history interviews and a number of original documents. Some of the society's holdings are on display at the Chinatown Heritage and Visitors Center (411 Bernard Street).