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

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive

Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library & Archive
One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

Contact: Mr. Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian
Phone: 213-922-4859
Fax: 213-922-7955

Institution Type: Archive, Library, Municipal-County

Web site:
Facebook Page:
Twitter: MetroLibrary
Other Social Networks:

Metro Library's Daily Aggregated Transportation Headlines Blog:
Metro Library's Daily Newspaper of Transportation Tweets:

Metro Library's Tumblr page:
Metro Library's Scribd document-sharing site:
Metro Library's Interactive Los Angeles Transportation Timeline (1870s-present):!date=1873-07-03_00:00:00!
Metro Library's Interactive Los Angeles Transportation "Family Tree" (1870s-present):
Metro Library's Pinterest:

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Los Angeles County & Its 88 City websites:
Public Transit websites:
California Highways & Public Works full-text search (1924-1967):

Archives and Collections

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Library & Archive is the most comprehensive transit operator-owned library resource in the United States. As the only multimodal transportation library in Southern California, we serve employees, the public, governments and research institutions around the world. Our origins date back to the days of the Los Angeles Railway in 1890, but we were reintroduced to the public by the Southern California Rapid Transit District in 1971.

Our collection contains approximately 250,000 items of significance to Los Angeles transportation history from 1873 to the present. This includes 45,000 books, reports, studies, conference proceedings, plans, maps, and drawings, 20,000 microfiche reports, more than 20,000 photographs and images, over 700 videos, several thousand ephemera, and a growing collection of publicly-accessible full-text digital documents.

We collect, preserve,and provide access to archival materials from our predecessor transit agencies: Pacific Electric, Los Angeles Railway, Metropolitan Coach Lines, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Asbury Transit, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, Southern California Rapid Transit District, and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission

Regions Covered: Southern California

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Maps, Memorabilia, Microfiche/Microfilm, Official Records, Photographs, Postcards, Press Clippings, Press Releases, Printed Works, Rare Books, Serials, Slides, Statistical Data

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

Languages: English

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Employment, Labor Unions, Politics/Government, Professional, TV/Film/Radio, At or Below Poverty Level, Lower to Middle Income


Catalog System: OCLC; EOS International (ILS); in-house archive catalog
Online Catalog:
Digital Formats: Digital photos hosted on Flickr; Digital videos hosted on YouTube; Digital documents hosted on Scribd.
Makes Purchases: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Conferences/Conventions, Directories, Exhibitions, Internet, Library Events, Meetings, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog, Reports, Student Orientations, Study Guides, Telephone, Word of Mouth