The following organizations are valuable resources for anyone interested in Los Angeles history and culture. Explore the links below to find practical advice useful to researchers and archival organizations, as well as other institutions with collections relevant to researchers of Los Angeles.


California Academic & Research Libraries Association provides opportunities for the professional growth of its members by conducting workshops and arranging programs, encourages the exchange of ideas and information relating to library cooperation and development; to disseminate educational information oriented to those working in academic and research libraries; and supports and participates in programs of other regional and local organizations in California in order to promote and improve library service to the academic and research community.

California Association Of Museums is a professional and dynamic community of individuals and organizations that seeks to create a brighter future for museums and their communities, connects museum professionals and volunteers with timely information and practical resources and fosters museums that are relevant and effective organizations that make a positive impact on our state and its citizens.

California Council For The Humanities connects Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

California Council For The Social Studies is a non-profit professional organization serving both public and private school educators, and is the leading voice for quality social studies education in California.

California Digital Library exists to support the University of California community’s pursuit of scholarship and to extend the University’s public service mission in advancing the digital transition of scholarly information in access, formats and scale.

California Genealogical Society & Library is rich in genealogy reference materials, both standard and unique, covering people and places in California and the rest of the country.

California Historical Society inspires and empowers Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives by collecting, preserving, documenting and making accessible to the public the state’s continuing heritage.

California Library Association provides professional development and advocacy support for nearly 3,000 members and the California library community at large.

California Preservation Foundation is California’s only statewide non-profit organization promoting historic preservation, and is dedicated to the preservation of California diverse cultural and architectural heritage.

California Preservation Program provides information, education and expert assistance on preservation of collections to libraries, archives, historical societies, cultural institutions and records repositories in California.

California State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, provides a repository for the state's permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history to a wide variety of researchers.

California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. It is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature, it provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor, it collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts, and it advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services.

Historical Society Of Southern California is the oldest historical society in California.

History Day L.A. is part of a national program that encourages students to prepare posters, exhibits, papers, websites, performances, and documentary presentations on a historical theme. These projects will be judged by community members and social science professionals. Participation in History Day L.A. provides opportunities for students to meet content standards and improve academic achievement.   

Huell Howser California’s Gold is one of the longest running and most beloved series about California ever produced and is endorsed by a number of organizations including: the California Teachers Association; the California Federation of Teachers; the California State Library Foundation; the California Library Association; the California School Boards Association; the California Council for the Social Studies; and the California Historical Society.

LA as Subject / History Day L.A. Google Map - connecting National History Day, Los Angeles (HDLA) educators and participants to local archival and library collections.

Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles Heritage Alliance works to support heritage organizations in Los Angeles to more effectively promote and preserve the region’s heritage mainly through increased communication and coordination among the over 200 such organizations in the region.

Online Archive Of California provides free public acces to detailed description of primary resource collection maintained by more than 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California campuses.

Society Of California Archivists supports and develops the education of those who collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California and adjoining areas and encourages public interest in and public support for archival facilities in public and private institutions.

Southern California Genealogical Society exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

Studio For Southern California History critically chronicles and disseminates the region’s social history in order to foster sense of place and social responsibility.

SurveyLA: Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey is Los Angeles’ first-ever comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout L.A. and will serve as a centerpiece for the City’s first truly comprehensive preservation program.

USC Digital Library provides access to a wealth of primary and original source material from USC and collaborating organizations.