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Los Angeles and Southern California *

The resources on this page include databases and websites that provide access to digitized primary sources relevant to the study of Los Angeles and Southern California, and more broadly to California and the American West. 

Digital Primary Sources: California & the West

For California or Western Newspapers see Historical Newspapers tab above.

Relevant Websites

L.A. as Subject
An online directory of archives and collections that preserve historical materials related to the Los Angeles region.

Los Angeles
The official web site of the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Conservancy
Dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles.

Lost LA

A co-production of KCETLink and USC Libraries, "Lost LA" explores the region's hidden past through documents, photographs, and other rare artifacts from California libraries and archives.

Online Archive of California
The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides and finding aids to collections (not all content has been digitized)