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The University of Southern California is but one of many institutions, libraries and archives that hold materials related to the study of Los Angeles and Southern California. The institutions listed on this page are a select few. For additional institutions please consult:
The Autry Library collects books, sound recordings, and printed materials related to the history, geography, fine arts, and material, popular and consumer culture of the American West. Archival materials and artifacts related to Los Angeles cover Spanish California, and Southern California history, tourism, and industry.
LACA is an artist run archive and non-circulating library in which contemporary creative processes are recorded adn preserved.
Los Angeles City Archives & Records Center - you must call ahead to make an appointment: (213) 473-8449 Operates the City Records Center (CRC) for the off site storage of inactive departmental records and the City Archives for the permanent retention of the City’s historical records.
City Planning Department Records - you must call the Planning Department's Automated Records Unit at (213) 978-1259 to obtain box numbers for the files related to the property of interest. Once you have secured the box numbers call to schedule your visit
Southern California Library (SCL)
The SCL documents and preserves the histories of communities in struggle for justice and uses its collections to address the challenges of the present.
University of California, Los Angeles-Special Collections
Archival materials include papers of Southern California authors, collections related to Southern California architecture, Asian American history, particularly the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Archive is dedicated to motion picture preservation, restoration, exhibition and study.