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University of Southern California, Doheny Memorial Library, Regional History Collection

Doheny Memorial Library, Regional History Collection, University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189

Contact: Dace Taube, Regional History Librarian
Phone: 213-821-2366
Fax: 213-740-2343

Institution Type: Archive, College/University, Library

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Archives and Collections

The materials of the Regional History Collection document 100 years of Southern California history in various formats. The collection was founded in the mid-1970s as a repository for the papers of Southern Californian political figures, among them Governor Jerry Brown Jr., Congresswoman Yvonne Brathwaite Burke; and Congressmen Alphonso Bell, Chet Holifield, Craig Hosmer, and Gordon McDonough. The scope of the collection was expanded with the acquisition of collections such as the Century Freeway project, the Webster and Christopher commissions, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project; the Los Angeles Examiner newspaper photographs and clippings morgue; the California Historical Society photographic collection; and the “Dick” Whittington photographic collection. The photographs of the California Historical Society and the negatives of the Los Angeles Examiner are accessible on the online Digital Archive:

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Manuscripts, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Photographs, Postcards, Slides

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


Catalog System: USC web and online catalogs, internal finding aids.
Digital Formats: California Historical Society, Whittington, Examiner
Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Directories, Exhibitions, Festivals, Internet, Meetings, Newsletter, Online Catalog, Publications, Student Orientations, Telephone, Word of Mouth