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Los Angeles and Southern California *

Image from USC Digital Library - Hollywood & Vine, Hollywood, CA (1940/1960)

Welcome to the Los Angeles and Southern California Research Guide

Materials related to the study of Los Angeles and Southern California are as diverse and widespread as the geographical area they document. Use the tabs above to explore USC's varied collections. 

The Regional History Collection is one of the main resources for the study of L.A. and Southern California. This collection includes materials that document approximately one hundred years of political, social, cultural, and urban history of Southern California, and includes books, photographic images, manuscripts, film, ephemera and other archival items. 

The materials in the Regional History Collection are non-circulating and are available for research under supervised conditions in USC's Special Collections Library

Although no appointments are necessary to view most of our books, appointments are recommended for consulting our archival collections as many are housed off-site and require extra time to retrieve.

In addition to Regional History Collection USC Libraries also has online collections of primary source materials related to the history of Los Angeles.