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California State University, Dominguez Hills. Archives and Special Collections

1000 East Victoria
Carson, CA 90747

Contact: Greg Williams, Director, Archives and Special Collections
Phone: (310) 243-3013; 310 243-3895
Fax: (310) 516-4219

Institution Type: Archive, College/University

Web site:

Archives and Collections

The Archives and Special Collections Department at CSUDH serves several functions as the archives for the California StateUniversity System, CSUDH, and the Rancho San Pedro/Dominguez Family. In addition the Archives has various South Bay Los Angeles and Compton Collections, an Asian Pacific Studies Collection, the congressional papers of Glenn Anderson (the 105 Freeway is named for him) and rare book collections. The collection consists of nearly 2000 feet of archivalmaterials dating from the 1850s through the 1990s as well as 25,000 photographs. Although the California State University (CSU) system was founded in 1960, the Archives for the CSU System did not open until 1979. The work of collecting and transferring records began in 1981, with the designation of the Dominguez Hills campus as the CSU repository. Since each of the CSU campuses (including Dominguez Hills) has its own archives, the CSU Board of Trustees decided the CSU Archives would contain materials having only system-wide importance. Consequently, much of the material documents the activities of the Board and the Chancellor's Office, both located in Long Beach. The Dominguez Hills Archives serves as the institutional memory of the University and documents the functions and activities of its community.The Asian-Pacific Studies Collection documents Japanese- American evacuatio and internment during World War II, the Japanese Garden Collection and the Mochizuki Collection, which contains documents pertaining to the internmentof Japanese-Peruvians during World War II in the U.S. The local South Bay History Collection provides documentation regarding the early history Compton and the Rancho San Pedro and its original family owners-the Dominguez Family. These records include some early family records as well as extensive files on early 20th century LA businesses related to the Carson,Watson, Del Amo, Dominguez and other families. The Book Collection offers a wide of materials relating to the South Bay history, 19th-20th century popular literature, winners of the Newbery Honor Award for children's books and the Glen Schwendemann Bindery Collection (1550-1990s) which includes books relating to voyages of discovery as well as many re-bound books in vellum, leather and cloth.
The Glenn M. Anderson Collection consists of the papers of the former California Congressman and deals extensively with South Bay Los Angeles transportation issues including highways and the Port of Los Angeles. Many finding aids are available on the Online Archive of California or the CSUDH web page.

Regions Covered: Los Angeles, Southern California. United States

Type of Materials: Books, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Ephemera, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Maps, Memorabilia, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Oral Histories, Photographs, Press Clippings, Press Releases, Printed Works, Prints/Posters, Rare Books, Yearbooks

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

Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Education, Politics/Government, Professional, Students, African Descent, Asian Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Multiethnic, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income


Catalog System: Toro-find. Online Archives of California
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: 1-2 per yr
Outreach: Class Visits, Conferences/Conventions, Festivals, Library Events, Newsletter, Online Catalog, Student Orientations, Telephone, Word of Mouth