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Documenting Los Angeles History: Finding Aids

A guide to the archival collections -- related to Los Angeles history and culture -- selected for the NHPRC-funded Documenting Los Angeles History project.

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Below you'll find a complete list of the 54 archival collections we selected for Documenting Los Angeles History.  Follow the links to explore the completed finding aids for each collection.

American Literature Collections

Chicano and Latino Studies Collections

Cinematic Arts Collections

Los Angeles and California History Collections

Performing Arts Collections


October 1, 2009: Documenting Los Angeles History project officially underway

November 19, 2009: Project archivist Rebecca Hirsch joins USC Libraries staff

April 28, 2010: Finding aids for 22 archival collections available

September 30, 2011: Conclusion of the Documenting Los Angeles History project

To be announced: USC Libraries exhibition featuring materials from Documenting Los Angeles History