Eli Broad Gives the UCLA Library his Personal Papers and Archives

When Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, moved to Los Angeles in 1963, Sam Yorty was mayor, and aerospace had just become the city's leading industry. The Museum of Contemporary Art didn't yet exist, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art wouldn't move to its Miracle Mile location for two more years.

Half a century later, it's impossible to view the city's rise to global prominence without considering Eli Broad's influence. Indeed, he and Edythe are directly responsible for downtown L.A.'s newest cultural jewel: The Broad, the new contemporary art museum that opened on September 20 and is home to the nearly 2,000 artworks in the couple's collection.

The only person to have built a Fortune 500 company in two different industries, Eli Broad has long been an active, engaged philanthropist in the areas of education, science, and the arts.

Broad has chosen the UCLA Library to house the records of his civic, business, and philanthropic endeavors. His papers, which will come to the Library in installments, will offer insight into his extraordinary business, philanthropic, and civic accomplishments to scholars from a wide range of disciplines.

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