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Los Angeles and Southern California *

Other Collections

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:

Southern California Archival Collections

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-The Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive
The Library holds comprehensive research collections, posters, screenplays, and photographs.  The Archive is dedicated to motion picture preservation,  restoration, exhibition and study.

Autry National Center Institute for the Study of the American West

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.

California State University, Northridge – Oviatt Library Special Collections and Archives
Major holdings include labor and guild History, politics, minority and ethnic studies, women’s studies and the history of the San Fernando Valley.

Getty Research Institute
Archival materials include papers of Southern California artists and architects.

Huntington Library
The Library’s collections include a vast number of materials on railroad history, institutional history, and photographic collections.

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
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. 

  • The City Council files from 1940 - 1979 - indexed online

  • The City Council files from 1980 - present - indexed online and contains digitized council documents from approximately 2008-present. 

  • 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

Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch-History & Genealogy Department
Major holdings include the California File, a photographic collection, newspapers, a genealogical  collection, telephone directories and maps.

Loyola Marymount University  - The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the
Study of Los Angeles Research Collection

Major holdings of the collection include papers of public officials, real estate and industrial developers; reformers and reform movement, prominent Roman Catholic families, and other  related materials.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - Seaver Center for Western History Research
Historic records include manuscript materials, books, serials, posters, prints, and photographs documenting the history of the trans-Mississippi   West , Southern California and Los Angeles.

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.