LA as Subject

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

UCLA Library Special Collections

A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Contact: Annie Watanabe-Rocco, Administrative Specialist
Phone: 310-825-2422
Fax: 310-206-1864

Institution Type: Archive, College/University, Commercial Business, Library, Research Center/Institution

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Archives and Collections

Library Special Collections is the largest of the special collections units administered by the university and encompasses the following divisions: Rare Books; Manuscripts, Prints, Photographs, and Maps; Oral History; and University Archives. It acquires, organizes, preserves, and provides access to rare and unique materials in the humanities and social sciences. The holdings include three hundred thousand rare books, forty-two thousand linear feet of manuscript and archival collections, and four million photographic negatives and prints. In addition, the department’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century collections contain a variety of artifacts, audio recordings, videos, printed ephemera, oral history transcripts, phonograph records, postcards, and posters. The department acquires principally materials relating to the arts; California; area studies; ethnic studies; the history of printing, including atlases and early Italian books; and literature, including children’s books. Some of the department’s areas of specialization are Hebraica and Judaica; the history of philosophy; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies; natural resources; photography; travel and exploration; and women. The more than twenty-four hundred collections in the Department of Special Collections are managed by the divisions of. Each division’s holdings are selected or created to complement those of the other divisions. Researchers are welcome to discuss holdings at greater length with the staff.

Regions Covered: Southern California/Los Angeles/Western Americana

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Audio Recordings, Books, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Manuscripts, Maps, Photographs, Rare Books, Scripts

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

Languages: Chinese, English, Farsi, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, Community Service Organizations, Education, Labor Unions, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Migrant Workers, Politics/Government, Professional, African Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Multiethnic, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Catalog System: Collection level cataloging records for archives, manuscript collections, and rare books, are available on local UCLA catalog.
Online Catalog:
Digital Formats:
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Makes Purchases: Yes
Formalized Purchases: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Directories, Internet