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Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archival Center

Archival Center for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345

Contact: Jim Beardsley, Associate Archivist
Phone: 818-365-1501
Fax: 818-361-3276

Institution Type: Archive, Church/Mosque/Synagogue/Temple, Historic Site, Library, Museum, Religious Organization, Research Center/Institution

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Notes: The Archival Center of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is located within the facilities of San Fernando Mission.

Archives and Collections

The Archival Center that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles built at the San Fernando Mission and opened in 1980 is a measured response to the church's obligation to collect and preserve records associated with the human activities constituting California's Catholic heritage. The facility houses papers, documents, correspondence, and related materials generated since 1840 by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and its antecedent jurisdictions. The Center's archives include numerous photographic collections and various image holdings that number in the hundreds of thousands. The center's library presently comprises about fifteen thousand books primarily on California history, American Catholic history, bibliography, archives, and archivism. Eleven digests of the center's archival documents have been published, and more than ten thousand of the library's books are classified and described in The Literary High Spots of Mission Hills, California (1998). Various objects from the center's holdings are on exhibit in the center's Historical Museum. It is the "hope and prayer" of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles "that the books, documents, manuscripts, and historical memorabilia housed at the Archival Center will become the means for as-yet-unborn generations to stand taller upon the shoulders of their predecessors."

Regions Covered: Historically defined Archdiocese of Los Angeles and related areas.

Type of Materials: Artist files, Artworks, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Memorabilia, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Photographs, Postcards, Prints/Posters, Rare Books, Slides, Yearbooks

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

Languages: English, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Education, Migrant Workers, Religious, Students


Catalog System: We have issued eleven volumes of Calendars which contains digests of documents from 1840 to 1970 and a book entitled The Literary High Spots of Mission Hills, California which classifies and describes the 10,213 books in the Library.
Repository/Depository: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Exhibitions, Mailings, Newsletter, Publications