- University Archives: the History of UCLA
- Los Angeles History and Culture
- History of Medicine and the Sciences
- World Histories and Cultures
- Manuscripts, Rare Books and Print Culture: History of Printing and Publishing
- Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
- Twentieth-and Twenty-first Century Literature
- Performing Arts (Music, Film and Television, and Theater)
- Artists' Books
- Punk Music and Culture
- Visual Arts
- Center for Oral History Research
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UCLA Library Special Collections selectively acquires, through purchase and gifts, materials in all formats that document the performing arts created in and around Los Angeles and Southern California including film, television, dance, theater, and music.
Performing Arts Collection Development Priorities
Within each area, collecting priority is given to archival materials that are created by organizations and/or individuals that represent Los Angeles, and Southern California, and those that reflect the work of underrepresented voices in these industries.
The collections document film in both aesthetic and technical aspects, spanning the history of the media from its beginnings to the present day. The holdings include the papers of artisans, writers, directors, and performers; the records of producers and studios; and a variety of posters, ephemera, and stills.
- Under-represented independent and studio filmmakers
- L.A. Rebellion papers and documentation
- Industry: cinematography, production design, scenic design, editors
- Community partner-related collections (e.g. – Outfest, Sundance Institute, etc.)
- Selected notable UCLA alumni
The collections document television in both aesthetic and technical aspects, spanning the history of the media from its beginnings to the present day. The holdings include the papers of artisans, writers, directors, and performers; the records of producers and studios; and a variety of posters, ephemera, and stills.
- Local Los Angeles Television
- Newsletters – newsletters of local stations
- Local LA TV history, post-Kerner commission/late 1960s-1970s. In particular, producers representing marginalized communities via the work on local stations such as KCET and KMEX
- Primetime network milestones (selected) – firsts, women, under-represented artists
- Materials related to the reception of TV programming; ratings, letters, fan magazines
The majority of the music holdings cover the Los Angeles region in the twentieth century and include American popular music, papers of Los Angeles émigré composers, oral histories and papers of Los Angeles jazz musicians, and the music industry. Antiquarian music holdings date back to the ninth century and include music manuscripts, Italian libretti; early printed editions (including first editions) of full scores, and piano-vocal scores of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century operas, and original editions of musicology texts.
- Under-represented music-making communities in Southern California, particularly including musical traditions of immigrant communities
- Women composers, musicians, and other women in the music industry (conductors, engineers, executives, etc.)
- Collections that document the process for music in film, television, and media
Los Angeles theater is represented by the records of local theater groups and includes collections of playbills, scripts, and assorted production materials.
- Los Angeles theater companies – particularly those that feature the work of local playwrights and theater designers, and whose performances center the lived experience of Los Angeles communities
- Los Angeles-area playwrights and theater designers
More About the Collection
Labor unions, an over-arching topic found in each subject area, will be considered in collaboration with Los Angeles Communities and Cultures collection development.
See the following Research Guides for more information about these materials:
- Sheet Music in Library Special Collections
- Film and Television Research in Library Special Collections
- Music Resources in Library Special Collections
- Animation Materials in Library Special Collections
- Women in Entertainment Resources in Library Special Collections
- Punk Music and Culture in the UCLA Library