LA as Subject

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

Center for Oral and Public History/California State University, Fullerton

P.O. Box 6846
800 N. State Colege, PLS 363
Fullerton, CA 92831

Contact: Natalie Navar, Archivist
Phone: (657) 278-3580
Fax: (657) 278-5069

Institution Type: Archive, College/University, Community Service Organization, Non-profit Organization, Public Sector, Research Center/Institution, Study Center

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Archives and Collections

Collections include 5,000+ oral histories in 250 projects, representing geographical, ethnic, political, religious, and social communities of selected Orange County, Los Angeles, Southern California, and Western US locales. Topics include community histories, environmental studies, including Sierra Club, Laguna Beach Greenbelt, Bolsa Chica, ethnic studies (African American, Native American, Mexican American, Japanese American, Judaica Studies, Vietnamese Americans), politics and government (Orange County politics, conservative women), society and culture (sulf culture, surf music, women with silicone breast implants, sports and society in Cold War Southern California, theater, baseball, women in long-term marriages, transformation of grocery stores, and new wave in Czechoslovakian film, 1990s UCI fertility clinic scandal, Mormon colonies in Mexico), just to name a few.

Regions Covered: Anaheim, Fullerton, Olinda, Brea, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Irvine, El Toro, Orange, San Juan Capistrano, Gardena, Santa Monica, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Newhall, and greater Los Angeles region, Mexico, Southeastern Utah, Colorado

Type of Materials: Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Newspaper Clippings, Oral Histories, Photographs, Press Clippings, Slides, Unprocessed/Unknown

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

Languages: Chinese, English, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Native American Languages, Spanish, Vietnamese

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Education, Gender Specific, HIV/AIDS, Horticulture and Gardening, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Migrant Workers, Politics/Government, Religious, Seniors, Sports, Students, TV/Film/Radio, Veterans, African Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Middle Eastern Descent, Native American Descent/Indigenous, Multiethnic


Catalog System: Database
Digital Formats: Audio files, photographs, transcripts
Repository/Depository: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Community Service, Conferences/Conventions, Internet, Mailings, Newsletter, Publications, Student Orientations, Telephone, Word of Mouth