LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Contact: Ms. Laura Stalker, Head of Collection Development & Reader Services
Phone: 626-405-2191
Fax: 626-449-5720

Institution Type: Archive, Arts Institution/Center, Community Service Organization, Gallery, Library, Non-profit Organization, Research Center/Institution

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Archives and Collections

The Library has a large collection of manuscripts, printed books and periodicals, photographs, maps and ephemera relating to Los Angeles. Topical areas of particular importance, with examples of archival collections, are:

(1) politics, government, and legal history of Los Angeles (papers of Fletcher Bowron, John Anson Ford, Kenneth Hahn, Edmund Edelman, John Dustin Bicknell, Henry William O'Melveny; Marie Koenig collection documenting political conservatism; Los Angeles Area Court Records, 1850-1894);

(2) economic development and business (papers of Henry Edwards Huntington, Abel Stearns, Benjamin Davis Wilson, James De Barth Shorb; records of the Banning Company, Newhall Ranch and Land Company);

(3) ethnic groups (papers of You Chung Hong, Harold Bruce Forsythe, Loren Miller, Joseph Rickard/First Negro Classic Ballet);

(4) architecture and urban planning (photographic and other architectural collections of Maynard L. Parker, B.D. Jackson, C.C. Pierce, Harold A. Parker, "Dick" Whittington Studio, Automobile Club of Southern California, William M. Clarke; Foss Designing and Building Co., Wallace Neff, Morgan, Walls & Clements and James Dolena Collections; Southern California Edison photographs and papers);

(5) tourism and recreation (photographic collection of Henry Greenwood Peabody; papers and photographs of William Henry Thrall, Warren Lee Rogers; Automobile Club of Southern California Collection, Eugene Swarzwald Pictorial California and the Pacific Collection);

(6) literature, arts, and journalism (papers of Christopher Isherwood, Charles Bukowski, Paul Conrad, Jack Smith, Al Martinez, Lynden Ellsworth Behymer; Mark Taper Forum collection of scripts; Pasadena Playhouse Archive; Los Angeles Times History Center collection);

(7) women's history (papers of Caroline Maria Seymour Severance, Frances Nacke Noel/Job Harriman, Clara Bradley Burdette).

Regions Covered: American West and Mexico; Great Britain and early America.

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Artworks, Audio Recordings, Books, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Oral Histories, Photographs, Postcards, Press Clippings, Press Releases, Printed Works, Prints/Posters, Rare Books, Scripts, Serials, Slides, Unprocessed/Unknown

Time Periods: Pre-1848, 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Community Service Organizations, Education, Gender Specific, Homeless, Labor Unions, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Migrant Workers, Musicians, People with disabilities, Politics/Government, Professional, Religious, Seniors, Sports, Students, TV/Film/Radio, Veterans, Youth, African Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Native American Descent/Indigenous, Multiethnic, At or Below Poverty Level, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Catalog System: Online catalogue; printed and card catalogues; electronic and manual finding aids.
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Repository/Depository: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Makes Purchases: Yes
Formalized Purchases: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Conferences/Conventions, Directories, Exhibitions, Internet, Library Events, Mailings, Meetings, Newsletter, Newspapers, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog, Public Lectures & Programs, Publications, Radio/TV/Video, Student Orientations