- 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
- Performing Arts (Music, Film and Television, Theater, and Dance)
- Visual Arts
- Center for Oral History Research
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For decades, UCLA Library Special Collections has been documenting the breadth of Los Angeles area history and culture, going back to the Mexican and Spanish eras. Traditional strengths include Californiana, early photography, historical periodicals, maps, literature, the arts and fashion, the papers of outstanding civic figures, and ethnic communities, especially Japanese Americans, African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans. In 2009, the UCLA Library created Collecting Los Angeles, which places an emphasis on broadly defined communities whose history is overlooked but crucial to understanding the development of the metropolis.
Current Collecting Priorities
- Ethnic community history
- Bohemian and literary history
- Social justice movements
- Civic history and infrastructure of modern Los Angeles
- The environmental movement
- Punk culture, including music
More About the Collection
For more information about the collections and materials available online see: Los Angeles History and Culture in Library Special Collections.
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