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

Educational Communications

P.O. Box 351419
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Contact: Ms. Nancy Pearlman, Executive Director and Producer
Phone: 310-559-9160
Fax: on request

Institution Type: Archive, Charitable Organization, Community Arts Organization, Community Organization, Non-profit Organization

Web site:

Archives and Collections

Established in 1958, Educational Communications is dedicated to improving the quality of life on this planet by creating greater awareness of environmental issues. Educational Communications currently holds 600 ECONEWS shows, an Emmy-nominated weekly television series airing on cable and PBS stations and the internet (Youtube); 2000 Environmental Directions radio shows, original audio recordings of the Environmental Directions international radio series, a half-hour interview show that airs on public, commercial, and listener-sponsored, in the United States and worldwide on the internet; two hundred original audio recordings of the Environmental Viewpoints radio series, a magazine-style program that provides
news and information, including a calendar of events, music, interviews, and special conference coverage; and sixty original audio recordings of the
one-hour shows in the Planet Health radio series. It has 42 years of The Compendium Newsletter (six issues per year; 252 editions). In addition to archival materials for Project Ecotourism, Educational Communications holds papers, letters, photographs, and other materials documenting over forty-five years of ecoactivism by the Ecology Center of Southern California and fifty years for Educational Communications including the Oscar-nomination plaque for a documentary. Among the organization's Southern California memorabilia are records, correspondence, photographs, newsletters, and brochures related to the Ecology Center's first Earth Day, which occurred in 1970. The collection also covers the activities of environmental activists in the area. The Environmental Resources Library has over 2000 autographed books about the environment. Other projects include Humanity and the Planet which donates educational supplies and books to groups around the world, and Earth Cultures which presents ethnic folk dance performances and has a collection of dance videos and music.

Regions Covered: Strong emphasis on Southern California, but national and international as well

Type of Materials: Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Memorabilia, Newspaper Clippings, Photographic Equipment, Photographs, Press Clippings, Rare Books, Scripts

Time Periods: 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, Community Service Organizations, Education, TV/Film/Radio


Catalog System: Paper listings
Digital Formats: Filemaker
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Directories, Internet, Mailings, Newsletter, Radio/TV/Video, Telephone, Word of Mouth