The Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, ca. 1918-1990, is one of the most heavily used of UCLA's Special Collections. The collection consists of approximately 3.5 million photographic negatives and 1.5 million photographic prints documenting events and people in California, the United States, and the world. The material originates from the Los Angeles Times and includes glass negatives (ca. 1918-1932), nitrate negatives (ca. 1925-45), and safety negatives (ca. 1935-1990). It also includes prints and negatives from the Los Angeles Times Orange County and San Diego bureaus.
The project is a joint effort between Library Special Collections, UCLA Digital Library, and the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). Project funding has been provided by the Online Archive of California.