LA as Subject

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

Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives

Payson Library
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4786

Contact: Melissa Nykanen, Head of Special Collections and University Archives
Phone: 310-506-4434
Fax: 310-506-4117

Institution Type: Archive, College/University, Library

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Archives and Collections

Pepperdine University's Special Collections and University Archives maintains several collections of materials related to the history of Los Angeles. The Malibu Historical Collection includes a full run of the Malibu Times newspaper (1946-present), a full run of the the Malibu Surfside News newspaper (1973-present), the John Mazza Collection of Historic Surfboards, historic books related to Malibu and its residents, audio recordings of lectures on Malibu history, and records of the Malibu Water Company, the Rindge Dam, and the Malibu Stage Company. The James Hahn Collection (1990-2005) includes materials from Hahn's years as mayor of Los Angeles and as Los Angeles City Attorney. The Elinor Oswald Collection of Los Angeles Tourism Ephemera includes brochures, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings related to museums, art galleries, and artists in the Los Angeles area. The William S. Banowsky Papers and the M. Norvel Young Papers include materials related to various civic and political events in the Los Angeles area that occurred during their tenures as Pepperdine presidents. The Pepperdine University Archives includes photographs, audio and video, publications, and institutional records that document the history of the institution from its founding in 1937 in South Central Los Angeles, to its move to Malibu in 1972, to the present time.

Regions Covered: Malibu, South Central Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Type of Materials: Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Manuscripts, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Oral Histories, Photographs, Rare Books, Scripts, Serials, Slides, Yearbooks

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

Languages: English

Sectors of the Population: Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Education, Musicians, Politics/Government, Religious, Sports, Students, TV/Film/Radio


Catalog System: Books, serials, and other published materials are cataloged in the library's online catalog and in OCLC. Container lists for archival materials are available internally, with selected finding aids available on our website. Please contact us for more information about specific collections.
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Digital Formats: Digital images of some of our materials are available in our online digital repository:
Repository/Depository: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Exhibitions, Festivals, Internet, Library Events, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog, Public Lectures & Programs