LA as Subject

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

Loyola Marymont University, Dept. of Archives & Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library

One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-8200

Contact: Clay Stalls, Manuscripts Curator
Phone: 310-338-5710
Fax: 310-338-5895

Institution Type: Archive, College/University, Library, Non-profit Organization, Research Center/Institution, Study Center

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Archives and Collections

The Department of Archives and Special Collections, of the Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, acquires, organizes, and opens to research, primary source materials in the arts, humanities, education, and religion. Collection strengths center on rare books, ranging in date from incunabula to the present, including Los Angeles history, religion, and culture; historical manuscript collections, especially those related to the political, cultural, and religious history of Los Angeles and Southern California; postcard collections; audiovisual collections; university records, and art and artifacts.

Within the over 12,000 volumes of its rare book holdings, English literature of the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries is emphasized, as well as other areas such as Jesuitica, which includes some of the earliest histories of California, and book collections of Californio families such as the del Valles.

Manuscript holdings are especially strong in documenting the history of the Los Angeles’ urban development, with the Fritz Burns and Daniel Freeman papers; of important Roman Catholic families in Los Angeles, such as the Workmans and Dockweilers; and of the entertainment industry of Los Angeles, including, for example, the papers of Hollywood producers Arthur P. Jacobs and Samuel Z. Arkoff.

The University Archives document the history of Los Angeles’ oldest chartered institution of learning and contain materials from the 1860s to the present.

The audiovisual collections document Los Angeles politics and social and cultural history. The department’s million postcard collection provides additional sources for the study of Los Angeles as well as cultural and architectural history of locales world-wide, and of the history of the postcard itself. The holdings in art and artifacts range from Japanese woodblocks and prints to German Expressionist art to movie props to religious vestments used during the Californio era.

Regions Covered: Heavy focus on Los Angeles/Southern California

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Artist files, Artworks, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Photographs, Postcards, Press Clippings, Press Releases, Printed Works, Prints/Posters, Rare Books, Scripts, Serials, Slides, Yearbooks

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

Languages: English, French, German, Latin, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Community Service Organizations, Developmentally Disabled, Education, Politics/Government, Religious, Seniors, Students, TV/Film/Radio, Veterans, Youth, African Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Native American Descent/Indigenous, Multiethnic


Catalog System: Audiovisual, manuscript and archival materials are described in finding aids, which are placed on-line at the Online Archive of California. Finding aids for University Archives holdings are found both at the OAC and on the library website.
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Digital Formats: Digital Postcards. Roman Catholic family papers. Owens Valley documents. University Archives. Digital Audio Files
Repository/Depository: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: 3-6 per yr
Outreach: Class Visits, Directories, Exhibitions, Internet, Mailings, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog, Radio/TV/Video, Telephone, Word of Mouth, Other