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Some Los Angeles Sources
In Response To: working on a novel. . .Sigh ()

All best wishes in your researching, writing and noveling endeavors.

Including some scrounged resources which, potentially, may come in handy as you progress.


Los Angeles City Archives

555 Ramirez St., #320

Los Angeles, CA 90012

ph: 213-485-3510

fax: 213-485-6868

The Archives, part of the Records Management Division of the City Clerk's office, is located in the Piper Technical Center. Its mission is to document the history of the government of Los Angeles through its official records, and therefore will not have the secondary sources (such as books, newspaper and magazine articles) that are usually found in libraries. It also contains some personal papers and a small collection of photographs.

Los Angeles Public Library - History Department

630 W. Fifth St.

ph: 213-228-7400

The History Department of LAPL is perhaps the major repository of information about Los Angeles. In addition to collecting most books published on the city, the Department maintains several indexes concerned with local history, has a large collection of Los Angeles newspapers, and has a very large photograph collection.


Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research

6120 South Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90044

ph: 323-759-6063

fax: 323-759-2252

Established in 1963, SCL is Southern California's library and archive on radicalism and social change. They document and preserve the history of labor, women, communities of color, peace, civil liberties, civil rights, and other progressive movements in the greater Los Angeles area.


Urban Archives Center at California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff St.


The Urban Archives Center documents the history of Los Angeles County by collecting original research materials from voluntary associations and community leaders. Major subjects of holdings include Labor and Guild History, Politics, Minority and Ethnic Studies, womens Studies and the history of the San Fernando Valley.

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