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Regional History Collection, University of Southern California
Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 209
Los Angeles, California 90089-0182
Phone: (213) 740-5900
Fax: (213) 740-2343
Email: specol@usc.edu
Collections with online items: 1
Physical collections: 78
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1932 Olympics Equestrian scrapbook

This small scrapbook contains clippings and photographs documenting the equestrian entrants in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and the events held at the Riviera Country Club. Horses and riders from Japan, France, Holland, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States are...

 
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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" scrapbook

A limited-run scrapbook produced for individuals such as studio head Jack Warner documenting the production of Max Reinhardt's film adaptation of Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The leather-bound scrapbook contains more than 200 original black-and-white glossy photos from the...

 
Abolish Cross-Filing in California records

This collection contains the records of the group formed by John B. Elliott to abolish the practice of cross-filing in California (Abolish Cross-Filing in California). Cross-filing is a practice that permits candidates for political office to register in multiple parties...

 
Allard (Lillian I.) collection of California postcards

The Lillian I. Allard collection of California postcards consists of 782 vintage postcards. The postcards are arranged geographically and cover such places as Los Angeles County, Orange County, the California Missions, Riverside County, the Mission Inn of Riverside, San Diego...

 
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Bell (Alphonzo) papers

Alphonzo Bell, Jr. (1914-2004) was a United States Congressman who represented the 27th and 28th Congressional Districts - which encompassed the communities of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, and West Los Angeles - between 1961 and 1977. Materials...

 
Biscailuz (Eugene) scrapbooks

This collection contains photograph scrapbooks kept by Eugene Biscailuz during his tenure as Los Angeles County Sheriff, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper clippings kept by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Biscailuz joined the Sheriff's Department in 1907 and...

 
Briggs (Benjamin Bennett, M.D.) family papers

Dr. Benjamin Bennett Briggs was a horticulturist and medical doctor who originally came to California from Ohio during the Gold Rush but returned to Ohio where he married and established a medical practice. He later returned to California to continue...

 
Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project records

The collection spans from 1938 to 1997 and consists of items related to the redevelopment of Bunker Hill: legal documents, reports, studies, brochures, proposals, serials, books, photographs, design proposals, and Community Redevelopment Agency studies.

 
Burke (Yvonne Brathwaite) papers: California State Assembly, U.S. Congress, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and California Attorney General Campaign

The Yvonne Brathwaite Burke papers contain the records of the political activities of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, University of Southern California Gould Law School alumna, state and federal legislator, and county official. Included are records from Burke's tenure in the California...

 
Burke (Yvonne Brathwaite) papers: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

The Yvonne Brathwaite Burke papers contain the records of the political activities of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, University of Southern California Gould Law School alumna, state and federal legislator, and county official. Included in this collection are the records from Burke's...

 
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California Federal Savings Bank newsletters

Newsletters of the California Federal Savings Bank, the Cal Fed Telescope, the Cal Fed Eagle, and the Cal Fed California.

 
California Historical Society collection of historic postcards

This small collection of postcards came to USC chiefly through the California Historical Society. Many of them appear to have originated with the same few families, based on notes and addresses on them. The images are of geographic subjects especially...

 
California Historical Society collection of the California Department of Natural Resources' Los Angeles County Master Shoreline Plan records

In 1947 a property appraisal was conducted along Santa Monica Bay for the purpose of estimating the fair market value of various shoreline parcels selected by the Regional Planning Commission of Los Angeles County for purchase by the State of...

 
California State Military Forces letters, photographs and portfolio

This small collection consists of a ceremonial book documenting the School of the Line and Staff of Camp Hopkins, October Session 1942; letters to and orders for the officers of the 1st Aero Squadron of the California State Militia, headquartered...

 
Caltrans District 7 records

The records contains reports either used or created by the District 7 office of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Caltrans District 7 is responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of over 1000 highway and freeway miles in Los...

 
Century Freeway records

Century Freeway, officially named the I-105 Glenn M. Anderson (Century) Freeway Transitway, extends for 17.3 miles in a west-east direction, from Sepulveda Blvd near the Los Angeles International Airport to the I-605 Freeway. The freeway traverses nine cities in the...

 
Century Freeway records

Century Freeway, officially named the I-105 Glenn M. Anderson (Century) Freeway Transitway, extends for 17.3 miles in a west-east direction, from Sepulveda Blvd near the Los Angeles International Airport to the I-605 Freeway. The freeway traverses nine cities in the...

 
Christopher (Paul) collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs

The Paul Christopher collection of Carl W. Knight's photographs consists mainly of photographs, negatives, and slides of portraits and scenic views of Missouri and Southern California. In addition to the images, there are a few textual items that include financial...

 
Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park records

The Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park was founded in 1965 to organize public and official awareness and to raise support to preserve the park land as public open space, and to develop it for recreational activities. The mission and...

 
Clarke (K. Garrison) collection of photographs of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico

The collection consists of 128 black and white reprints of images taken by K. Garrison Clarke between 1948 and 1975. Most of the images are taken in and around Los Angeles County. A sizable amount of photographs are from a...

 
Conaway (Connie) letters

Letters and postcards from Corporal Art Harm to Connie (Vernacaleen) Conaway (Haught). Although primarly love letters, the letters and postcards also contain details about Corporal Harm's basic training at Fort Murphy, Florida. The letters begin in May 1943 and end...

 
Crawford et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles et al. records

Crawford et al. v. Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles et al. was a case in which the California Supreme Court ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to formulate a feasible plan to desegregate its...

 
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DuBay (William H.) papers

In 1966, William H. DuBay was suspended from the Los Angeles Archdiocese for opining his criticism of the Roman Catholic church. The collection includes materials related to DuBay's controversial tenure as a Roman Catholic priest and his suspension.

 
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First Century Families records

The collection contains records of the activities of the First Century Families, especially centered on the planning and implementation of the group's annual luncheon. Considerable genealogical and biographical material is also contained herein.

 
Flournoy (Houston) papers

The collection includes correspondence, administrative records, regulations and legislation, campaign finances, budget reports for the State of California, commission and agency agendas, speeches, newspaper clippings, articles, and photographs from Houston Flournoy's political career from 1956 to 1974.

 
Foss (Valeska) High School scrapbook

"The Girl Graduate: Her Own Book" is embossed into the leather cover of this fragile scrapbook. The volume was kept by Valeska Foss of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California, between 1916 and 1919, the year she graduated from...

 
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Hearst Corporation Los Angeles Examiner photographs, negatives and clippings - oversize portrait and subject files

This finding aid is for the oversize portrait and subject files of the Los Angeles Examiner photograph morgue.

 
Hearst Corporation Los Angeles Examiner photographs, negatives and clippings - subject photographs

This finding aid is for the subject files of the Los Angeles Examiner photograph morgue.

 
Hearst Corporation Los Angeles Examiner photographs, negatives and clippings--portrait files (A-F)

This finding aid is for letters A-F of portrait files of the Los Angeles Examiner photograph morgue. The finding aid for letters G-M is available at . The finding aid for letters N-Z is available at .

 
Hearst Corporation Los Angeles Examiner photographs, negatives and clippings--portrait files (G-M)

This finding aid is for letters G-M of portrait files of the Los Angeles Examiner photograph morgue. The finding aid for letters A-F is available at . The finding aid for letters N-Z is available at .

 
Hearst Corporation Los Angeles Examiner photographs, negatives and clippings--portrait files (N-Z)

This finding aid is for letters N-Z of portrait files of the Los Angeles Examiner photograph morgue. The finding aid for letters A-F is available at . The finding aid for letters G-M is available at .

 
Hill (Gladwin) papers

This collection consists of Gladwin Hill's clippings files on the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and the notes he took while covering their assassinations for in 1963 and 1968. Also included in this collection are magazines and newspapers with features...

 
Historic Postcards collection

This small collection of postcards came to USC chiefly through the California Historical Society. Many of them appear to have originated with the same few families, based on notes and addresses on them. The images are of geographic subjects especially...

 
Holifield (Chester E.) papers

Chester Earl Holifield (1903-1995) -- also known as Chet Holifield -- of Montebello, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Mayfield, Graves County, KY, December 3, 1903. Moved to Montebello in 1920 and engaged in the manufacture and selling of men's...

 
Homefront records

The collection contains research materials, administrative files, audiotape interviews, and film reels from a project by the USC Department of History for a book and PBS television special entitled The Homefront : America during World War II, compiled by Mark...

 
Hosmer (Craig) papers

U.S. Congressman (1915 - 1982)...

 
Hunter (Allan A.) papers

Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church, founded in 1905, is located in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Its longest-serving pastor, Allan A. Hunter, led the congregation from 1926 until his retirement in 1963, but stayed actively involved until his death...

 
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Imperial Valley photograph album

"Photographs of the Imperial Valley, San Diego County, California" consists of 105 photographs depicting the Imperial Valley and its farmlands and towns, circa 1904. The album was a gift from the Emerson Realty Company of Los Angeles to G.A. Parkyns,...

 
Independent Commission records

The city of Los Angeles became the epicenter of a public relations scandal on March 3, 1991, when an amateur cameraman captured on video four uniformed LAPD officers beating motorist Rodney G. King. In addition to generating public outrage, the...

 
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Jackie Coogan Ranch records

In the mid-1920s, Jackie Coogan Productions purchased a cattle ranch near Campo, California, approximately fifty miles east of San Diego, on behalf of child actor Jackie Coogan. The collection contains correspondence and financial documents related to the operations of the...

Japanese American Relocation photograph collection

This collection of 222 photographs documents the relocation of Japanese Americans in Southern California during World War II and immediately thereafter, as captured by Los Angeles Examiner and wire service photographers. Much of the coverage documents scenes of: ...

 
Japanese Internment collection

The collection consists of copies of the Manzanar Free Press and the Information Bulletin published by the Japanese-American Relations Committee of the American Friends Service Committee. The Manzanar Free Press was a typeset, printed newspaper published at the Manzanar relocation...

 
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Kilgore, Jr. (Thomas) papers

The collection consists of manuscripts, drafts of sermons, church and personal correspondence and photographs of Dr. Thomas Kilgore, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles from 1963-1985 and a noted civil rights and civic leader.

 
KNXT Channel 2 press releases

The collection includes press releases from 1961 to 1962.

 
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Lanterman (Frank) papers

The Frank Lanterman papers, 1955-1978 (bulk 1965-1978), represent a part of the legislative career of Frank Lanterman, who served in the California State Assembly from 1951 to 1978. Lanterman, who was responsible for almost 400 bills during his 28-year career,...

 
Lindbergh to Los Angeles broadside

Broadside published by Pacific Electric Railway Company advertising Charles Lindbergh's visit to Los Angeles on September 20, 1927, as part of his 48-state tour of the country following his historic cross-Atlantic flight. The broadside includes a list of "reduced fares"...

 
Los Angeles and Pasadena photographs

25 mounted photographs depicting locations and people in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Santa Monica. 12 of the photographs have inscriptions and dates on the reverse. In addition to unidentified individuals, the photographs depict West Lake and East Lake Parks, residences...

 
Los Angeles Bureau of Municipal Research reports, surveys, and other material

The collection includes reports, surveys and related material, and maps complied by the Los Angeles Bureau of Municipal Research and dates from 1928-1981.

 
Los Angeles city planning pamphlets and brochures

A small collection of brochures, pamphlets and booklets on various aspects of city planning in Los Angeles during the 1970s, including energy, city government, Boyle Heights, a history of city planning in Los Angeles, and public schools.

 
Los Angeles Union Station Collection

The Los Angeles Union Station Collection documents the planning and construction of the historic landmark, as well as the battles that preceded its actual construction. The collection consists of approximately 22 boxes of legal files, blueprints, maps, correspondence, and planning...

 
Los Angeles Webster Commission records

On April 29, 1992, the city of Los Angeles erupted into riots after four LAPD officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King were acquitted of all criminal charges. The effects were catastrophic; in total, the chaos persisted for six days...

 
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Martin (F. Oskar) papers

This collection contains the papers of Frederick Oskar Martin, a German who moved to the United States in 1891 and worked as a mining engineer and geologist for a variety of employers over the course of his career. He spent...

 
McDonough (Gordon L.) papers

Papers of Gordon Leo McDonough, member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the United States Congress.

 
Milner family films, papers and photographs

The collection contains travel and home movies; cartoons and children's films; family recipes; monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; financial records; family photographs; and a few miscellaneous items from the Milner Family.

 
Mosk (Richard M.) Christopher Commission records

Chaired by attorney Warren Christopher, the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department was formed in the wake of the 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King by several LAPD officers. The collection consists of files kept by Richard M....

 
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O'Brien (Ersey) scrapbooks

The Ersey O'Brien scrapbooks consists of two ledger format spiral binders containing green bar computer paper that has been repurposed as scrapbook pages. The scrapbooks, one entitled "My friends" and the other "High School Memories," contain clippings and printed ephemera...

 
Osborne-Montague family papers

The Osborne-Montague family papers contains the papers of multiple generations of the Osborne and Montague families, as well as of the families they married into (primarily the Tingstads and the Caleffs). Rodney Montague moved to Los Angeles in 1853, while...

 
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Price (Kendall O.) Los Angeles Riots records

Kendall O. Price, a faculty member of the School of Public Administration at USC in the 1960s, organized with his colleagues a non-profit corporation called Public Executive Development and Research (PEDR) and worked closely with the School of Public Administration....

 
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Ralf (Richard) papers

Richard Ralf was a German composer who moved to Los Angeles in 1946. His music follows the florid and emotional trend of post-Wagnerian Romanticism. Among his compositions were Transcendental Ballet (1921), Violin Sonata (1923), String Quartet (1924), Violin Concerto (1925),...

 
Ransome (Amy C.) collection on Women's Suffrage

The Amy C. Ransome collection contains material related to women's suffrage from 1884-1949. There is a large amount of correspondence and printed material connected with Sarah Ware Whitney, editor of the Women's Standard in Waterloo, Iowa. In addition, there is...

 
Richardson (Robert) collection on Southern California Theater

This collection consists of the research files on Los Angeles and Southern California theaters compiled by Robert Richardson. The focus of the files, which contain clippings, statistics, and ephemera, is the physical venues themselves (the theaters).

 
Rodgers (Ralph) and Percy Turner Circus collection

The Ralph Rodgers and Percy Turner Circus Collection documents the collective interests of a circus model builder/ miniature circus owner and a real circus owner who became friends and whose circus memorabilia ended up with a mutual friend who donated...

 
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Sanborn (John A.) papers

This collection contains the diaries kept by John A. Sanborn (1850-1942) between 1909 and 1942. Sanborn was a farmer who lived in Covina and Compton, California.

 
Saunders (Russell M.) film collection

The Russell M. Saunders film collection consists of slides, 16mm and 8mm films of performers at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica and other acrobatic, gymnastic and/or athletic acts in a variety of locations. Most of the films show men, women...

 
Schenk (Lynn) papers

Lynn Schenk was a representative from California. She served as Deputy Attorney General in the California State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division for about a year before taking a position with San Diego Gas and Electric as an in-house lawyer....

 
Scribes (The) records

This collection contains records pertaining to the operations of the The Scribes club, which was founded in 1897 and met every other Tuesday evening in Los Angeles. Club records include correspondence, membership rosters, bylaws, minutes of meetings, and clippings files...

 
Several (Michael) collection on Los Angeles Public Art

The Michael Several collection on Los Angeles Public Art consists of materials related to public art in Los Angeles. The collection dates from 1903-2000 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1980-2000. The collection includes article clippings, public records,...

 
Siegel (Shirley Adelson) papers

Between 1947 and 1950, attorney and housing rights advocate Shirley Adelson Siegel lived in Los Angeles and became deeply involved with committee work related to the promotion of civil rights and affordable housing. Although she lived in Los Angeles for...

 
Silver Lake Neighborhood Council History Collective/Bob Herzog Memorial Archives

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council History Collective was founded in 2005 by community activist Bea Gold. Its mission is to preserve the oral histories of long-term residents, business owners, artists and other interesting residents of Silver Lake and nearby communities...

 
Southern California Rapid Transit District records

This collection contains the files kept by Dr. Norman Topping for part of the time he served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. Topping was the president of USC from 1958-1970. His files on...

 
Steinberg (Warren L.) papers

The papers of Warren L. Steinberg date from 1944 to 1998 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1966 to 1997. The papers focus on Steinberg's involvement with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, an organization that...

 
Stern (Catherine G.) papers

Catherine G. Stern was a social activist for civil and human rights. The papers contain correspondence, administrative papers, reports, and publications from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, the Community Relations Conference of Southern California, the U. S....

 
Stone (Gregory Freeman) collection on the Robert F. Kennedy assassination

The collection includes files accumulated by Gregory Freemen Stone during his investigation into the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

 
Story (Ralph) outtakes and television programs

The collection includes outtake reels from the television show and footage (some including sound) from the 1971-1972 season of the show .

 
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Union Pacific Railroad Tidelands records

When the Union Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad merged in 1997 and the former did a housecleaning of its inventory, many of the Union Pacific's archival materials were saved. The records that were donated to USC were chiefly those...

 
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Watts Riots records

Final report (1965) of the Governor's Commission on the Watts Riots.

 
Whitney (George Harrison) collection on Winston Churchill and Los Angeles

George Harrison Whitney's research and correspondence regarding a visit made by Winston Churchill to Los Angeles in 1929. The collection includes newspaper clippings, mostly from the Los Angeles Times, that range from the 1920s to the 1980s. Winston Churchill spent...

 
Whitney (George Harrison) papers

This collection cosists primarily of information on the Van Nuys and Lankershim families, pioneers in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Several documents, including deeds, provide details about the land transactions in the region. Newspapers and newspaper clippings...