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Online resources related to Southern California history. The list may have cross over entries and is organized by:
Archives & Libraries
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Digital Spaces;
Foundations & Institutions;
Historical Societies & Museums.

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Archives & Libraries

This list includes organizations that are dedicated to the research and dissemination of history. Many of these institutions hold collections, books, and papers that relate to Southern California history.

Archival Center
15151 San Fernando Mission Boulevard,
Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 365-1501

The Archival Center, located at the San Fernando Mission, serves as a repository for documents, books and related materials pertaining to the history of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and its predecessor jurisdictions in California since 1840. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, interpret and provide access to these materials. The Archival Center also conducts a variety of "reach out" programs involving the editing and publication of materials for the benefit of the historical and ministerial community.

Autry Library
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA. 90027.
(323) 667-2000 ext. 349

First opened to the research community in 1995, the Autry Library encourages study and research of the American West and its diverse peoples. The Library’s collections and resources provide a historical, social, and cultural context for the artifact and archival collections of the Museum of the American West. Additionally, the Autry Library serves as the research gateway to the collections of the Museum.

Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA. 90065.
(323)221-2164 ext. 255

The Braun Research Library was established over 100 years ago as part of the Southwest Museum, Inc. The library collections provide the research materials necessary to place the museum collections in their cultural and historical contexts. Today, the library continues to supports the activities of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the broader mission of the Autry National Center.

California African American Museum Research Library
600 State Dr.,
Exposition Park,
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 744-7432

The Research Library supports the mission of the California African American Museum housing more than 20,000 items of books, periodicals, and records. The Library provides programmatic and research service and materials support for its staff and curators. The Research Library is managed by a certified librarian who is also available to serve the general public on days when the Museum is open and by appointment.

California Academic and Research Libraries
JFK Memorial Library California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(800) 545-2433, ext. 2523

CARL's purpose, as stated in its constitution, is ". . . to provide opportunities for the professional growth of its members by conducting workshops and arranging programs; to encourage the exchange of ideas and information relating to library cooperation and development; to disseminate educational information oriented to those working in academic and research libraries; and to support and, when appropriate, participate in programs of other regional and local organizations in California in order to promote and improve library service to the academic and research community."

California Newspaper Microfilm Archive
Center for Bibliographical Studies & Research
University of California, Riverside, Highlander Hall, Building B, Room 114, Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 827-5841

The California Newspaper Microfilm Archive (CNMA) is the single largest collection of newspaper microfilm for the Golden State. It comprises approximately 100,000 reels for titles published between 1846 and the present.

California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653–7715

The California State Archives collects, catalogs, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. The Archives collection is primarily composed of records from California state agencies, the governor's office, the state legislature, and the State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. The records are organized under the name of the agency or office that transferred the records to the Archives. The collections also include some private papers that have been donated to the Archives. As of January 2009, the collection consists of millions of paper documents, maps, photographs, three–dimensional artifacts, and records in other formats such as audiotape and videotape.

California State Library
914 Capitol Mall,
Sacramento, CA 94237
(916) 654 - 0183

The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California’s libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your service. The 157-year old California State Library serves the people of California in several ways: (1) It is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature; (2) It provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor; (3) It collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts; (4) It advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services.

City Archives
City Records Center

C. Erwin Piper Technical Center
555 Ramirez Street #320, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 485 - 3521

The Los Angeles City Records Center and Archives is the base of the operations for the City Clerk's Records Management Division. The purpose of the City Archives' Historical Records Program is to identify, collect, preserve, arrange and describe records of historical significance originated by City government. Our goal is to make these records available to City officials and employees, as well as the general public. As an institution, the City Archives serves as the final resting place for records of enduring political, economic, legal, and cultural value. As a rich, diverse collection of historical records from various City agencies, the City archives represents the most unique and esteemed component of the City's Records Management Program.
Electric Railway Historical Association Archive
1 World Trade Center
Long Beach, CA 90832
(213) 452-0914
After nearly 50 years of operation, the ERHA has collected a considerable amount of Southern California traction materials; which we refer to as our "Archives." This collection includes everything from donated member photos, movies, slides and videos, to original streetcar company documents all the way up to our two Pacific Electric transit buses, (undergoing restoration) and our three retired Los Angeles Railway Streetcars on permanent loan to the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
Getty Research Institute
the Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7335
The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts. Its Research Library with special collections of rare materials and digital resources serves an international community of scholars and the interested public. The Research Institute creates and disseminates new knowledge through its expertise, its active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services and residential scholars program. The activities and scholarly resources of the Institute guide and sustain each other and, together, provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and debate.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405 - 2100
Building on Henry E. Huntington’s legacy of renowned collections and botanical gardens that enrich the visitor, The Huntington today encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, through the development and support of a community of scholars, and through the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public. Of the many collections and databases the Huntington Library has to offer, one of the most important spaces to highlight in terms of California and Los Angeles is the Early California Population Project. The Early California Population Project (ECPP), a database developed by the Huntington Library, provides public access to all the information contained in the California mission registers from 1769 - 1850. Within the baptism, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions sits an extraordinary wealth of unique information on the Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California. ad, San Marino, CA 91108. (626) 405 - 2100. Building on Henry E. Huntington’s legacy of renowned collections and botanical gardens that enrich the visitor, The Huntington today encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities, and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of its collections, through the development and support of a community of scholars, and through the display and interpretation of its extraordinary resources to the public.
Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles
Loyola Marymount University
7900 Loyola Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 338 - 3048
Research and teaching are of limited utility unless they lead to the action of leaders, institutions, students, and the public. Founded in 1996 with a grant from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles (LCSLA) is dedicated to promoting such action. The Leavey Center is an established leader in conducting regional urban studies, providing educational experiences to students and the community, and convening policy dialogues regarding the Los Angeles region. LCSLA supports Loyola Marymount University's mission: the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice.

LA Public Library
630 W. 5th St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000

The Los Angeles Public Library has a wealth of books, magazines and photographs related to Los Angeles history. Its photograph collection is available through its website.
Louis B. Mayer Library, American Film Institute
2021 N. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90278
(323) 856 - 7654
Founded in 1969, the Louis B. Mayer Library is designed and devoted to serve the research needs of the staff of the American Film Institute and the faculty and students of the AFI Conservatory. The library is also available on a non-circulating basis to visiting scholars, researchers, and advanced graduate students, as well as members of the entertainment industry. The library holds books and periodicals and other special collections covering various aspects of motion pictures and television.
Margaret Herrick Film Library
333 South La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 247 - 3020
Devoted to the history and development of the motion picture both as an art form and as an industry, library holdings include more than 1,000 special collections, representing such industry giants as Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, George Stevens, John Huston, Fred Zinnemann, Mary Pickford and Gregory Peck. The library also has extensive holdings of costume design sketches, production design drawings, lobby cards, publicity materials, sheet music, music scores and sound recordings. Open to the public, the Margaret Herrick Library is a non-circulating research facility.
Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center, Amateur Athlete Foundation
2141 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
(213) 730 - 9696
The LA84 Foundation Sports Library houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of sports information. The LA84 Foundation provides traditional library services and has built an extensive digital collection of sports publications available on this website.
Regional Archives Pacific Region
23123 Cajalco Road
Perris, CA 92570
(951) 956-2000
The National Archives at Riverside has more than 35,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from about l850 to the l980s. In addition to textual records there are architectural drawings, maps, and photographs. These holdings were created or received by the Federal courts and over 50 Federal agencies in Arizona, southern California, and Clark County, Nevada. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to NARA.
Seaver Center for the Study of Western History
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 744 - 3358
Housed in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, The purpose of the Seaver Center for Western History Research is to collect, preserve, and make available to the general public research materials documenting the history of the trans-Mississippi West, with special emphasis on Southern California and Los Angeles. Historic records include manuscript materials, books, serials, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, posters, prints, and photographs.
Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research 6120 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044.
(323) 759-6063
The Southern California Library is a people's library dedicated to documenting and preserving the histories of communities in struggle for justice and using our collections to address the challenges of the present so that all people have the ability, resources, and freedom to make their own histories.
Urban Archives Center, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330.
(818) 677 – 3317.
The California State University, Northridge's Oviatt Library provides educational, cultural and information services and resources to the students and faculty. Its primary mission is to support and supplement classroom and independent learning; facilitate student and faculty research; and provide students with lifelong skills in identifying, locating, evaluating and synchronizing information.
Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive, California State University, Long Beach
The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive is an archive of the sound recordings of our major oral history collections. All of the material is copyrighted. The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive is a collaborative project of Academic Computing Services, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University Library at California State University, Long Beach.

Digital Spaces

This list includes individuals and organizations whose online digital resources are open to the public and relate to Southern California history. These spaces include digital archives, blogs, twitter feeds, databases and websites.
Calisphere
415 20th Street, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612-2901.
(510) 987-0555
“Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations across California.” Calisphere is a public service project of the California Digital Library.
Clean Up Rocketdyne
(818) 922-5123
This website includes hundreds of documents gained through the Freedom of Information Act on the North American Aviation plant, later part of Rocketdyne, Boeing and NASA, in Chatsworth. This website, with the Aerospace Cancer Museum of Education, is working to get this plant cleaned up after its then unreported and still not cleaned up 1959 nuclear meltdown.
Clifton's Cafeteria
648 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 627 - 1673
For over 70 years, Clifton's Cafeteria has been serving Californians quality food at affordable prices. With high standards, you can depend on your dining experience to be wholesome and fun for the entire group. Quick moving serving counters and the best tasting dishes mean you get homestyle goodness faster than in a traditional restaurant. See for yourself why Clifton's has stood the test of time. You're in for a treat!

Curating Los Angeles
Exploring the people, places and culture of one of the world's great cities

Jim Gilbert is an urban planner by training and a native Angeleno. Though he currently lives in Orange County, his heart is in LA and that is where he spends a considerable amount of time. According to Jim, “My intention is for this site to become an ever-expanding collection of information about the city that I love so much. I hope locals and visitors alike will learn something new about the people, places and cultures that define Los Angeles and be inspired to venture forth into this great metropolis. As this site develops, I look forward to gaining new insights about LA from you - so please share your knowledge, thoughts, observations, favorite places, etc. with me and the others who visit this site.”
Gerald Fecht's Blog
A space on the Museum of San Fernando Valley.
History Database
24851 Piuma Road,
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 591- 9371
"History Database is the only computer database program created specifically for historical research, writing and cataloging. It combines computer database management with historical research practices and with library, archival, and museum cataloging standards to make the process of cataloging or note-taking faster and easier, and to protect your long term investment in the information collected.”
Juaneño Band of Mission Indians
31411-A La Matanza St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675
(949) 488-3484
Juaneno Band of Mission Indians maintains this site which includes essays, photographs, and information on culture, art, and history of Native peoples in Southern California.
LA Almanac
P.O. Box 2253,
Montebello, CA 90640
"The most comprehensive Internet source for facts and statistics about Los Angeles County with information on tourist attractions."
LA As Subject
3550 Trousdale Pkwy,
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0014
(213) 740-2924
Hosted by the USC Libraries, L.A. as Subject is an alliance of research archives, libraries, and collections dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region. L.A. as Subject is working to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access to them for students, researchers, K-12 educators, and everyone else with a stake in Southern California history. L.A. as Subject promotes tools and mentoring to help its members with everything from preserving and cataloging materials in their collections to fundraising and public outreach.
LA Observed
LA Observed is an award-winning website devoted to independent reporting, informed commentary and selective linkage on the Los Angeles region and the news media. The site went live in May 2003 and is read daily by an elite audience of journalists, executives, government officials, politicians, authors, bloggers and others interested in the public life of Los Angeles.

LA Public Library
630 W. 5th St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000

The Los Angeles Public Library has a wealth of books, magazines and photographs related to Los Angeles history. Its photograph collection is available through its website.
Los Angeles Heritage Alliance
The Los Angeles Heritage Alliance works to support heritage organizations in Los Angeles to more effectively promote and preserve the region's heritage mainly through increased communication and coordination amoung the over 200 such organizations in the region.
Multicultural Perspectives of Cinderella by Lanla Gist
A well-researched investigation into Cinderella stories from different cultures.
Online Archive of California
415 20th Street, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612-2901
(510) 987-0555
This archive provides free public access to detailed description of primary resource collection maintained by more than 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California campuses.
Petroglyphs
Donald Austin operates this site in order to promote the appreciation for prehistoric Native American pictographs and petroglyphs in an effort to protect these ancient sites from destruction. This site contains hundreds of images captioned rock art pages of mostly lesser known petroglyph and picotgraph sites in the California Deserts and adjacent Southwest.
SurveyLA
200 N. Spring Street, Room 620, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 978-1200
“Los Angeles is taking a significant step to identify and protect its rich heritage by embarking on SurveyLA -- a citywide survey to identify and document historic resources representing significant themes in the city's history. While Los Angeles has over 900 Historic-Cultural Monuments (local landmarks) and 24 Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (Historic Districts), to date only 15% of the city has been surveyed….The survey will cover the period from approximately 1865 to 1980 and include individual resources such as buildings, structures, objects, natural features and cultural landscapes as well as areas and districts (archaeological resources will be included in a future survey phase).”
Twitter Feed on LA History
This feed is put out by two longtime Los Angeleno history buffs and its goal is to provide 365 calendar entries related to LA History. Check it out!
Xcentric LA: Curious Culture in the City of Angels by Liane Schirmer
This is a lively blog that maps history events and projects throughout Los Angeles.
Foundations & Institutions
This list includes organizations that are dedicated to communities residing in Southern California. These organizations facilitate support through several capacities including, but not limited to, fellowships, grants, public programming, conservation and preservation efforts.
A.D.E.L.A.N.T.E.
11984 Santa Fe Ave. Lynwood, CA 90262
No website available.
The Annenberg Foundation
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
The Annenberg Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.
California Council for the Humanities
1000 North Alameda Street, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-3234
The California Council for the Humanities connects Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.
California Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-7000
The mission of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC), in partnership with the people of California and governmental agencies, is to preserve and enhance California's irreplaceable historic heritage as a matter of public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, recreational, aesthetic, economic, social, and environmental benefits will be maintained and enriched for present and future generations.
Cerra Family Trust
4022 Lincoln Ave. Culver City, CA 90232
No website available
Citizens United to Save South Pasadena
1710 Ramona Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
This organization is dedicated to preserve the communities which would be adversely and severely affected by the construction of the 710 Freeway extension through El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena.
Highland Park Heritage Trust P.O. Box 50894
Los Angeles, CA 90050
The Highland Park Heritage Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Los Angeles’ Arroyo Seco communities of Highland Park, Garvanza, Mt. Washington, Hermon and Montecito Heights and Cypress Park.
LA Conservancy
523 W. 6th St. #826 Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 623-2489
The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. A small group of concerned citizens formed the Conservancy in 1978 as part of a community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library, built in 1926. The Conservancy now has more than 6,000 members and hundreds of volunteers, making it the largest local preservation group in the U.S.

Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities
3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0014
(213) 740-2924

The Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities was founded in 1998 to create an intellectual center for our city by bringing together academics and writers, musicians and dancers, curators and critics, journalists and poets. The Institute's broad purpose is to stimulate a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas. The bimonthly lunches for fellows explore many of the social, scientific and cultural ideas of the day with a greater variety of experience and intellectual outlook gathered in one room than any given fellow is likely to experience in the course of his or her daily life. Most of the events are held in the Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California.
Los Descendientes de Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 91834
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
No website available.
Los Fundadores
1053 S. White Road
San Jose, CA 95127
The organization was founded in 1987 as Los Fundadores, the Founders & Friends of Santa Clara County. In 1999, to address a larger state-wide membership, the name was changed to Los Fundadores y Amigos de Alta California. The goal of the organization is to promote public awareness of Spanish and Mexican California, and the early families that are associated with the founding of the modern state. A quarterly newsletter is published dedicated to disseminating information on the history and cultural heritage of Alta California and its Hispanic families, with a genealogical time frame of 1769-1852. Recognition is given to the indigenous Native Americans of California who settled the region over 10,000 years ago. Public events are promoted to celebrate the pivotal events in the founding of early California.
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
P.O. Box 86244
Los Angeles, CA 90086
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles is a coalition of arts and other interested professionals, the public, and government created to help preserve, maintain, and educate people about the recognized public murals of Los Angeles.
Public Allies
520 W. 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. We believe that everyone can make a difference and can work to inspire more citizens to believe in themselves, step up, and act. Throughout our nation’s history, lasting social change has always resulted from the courageous acts of many, not just the inspiration of the few.
Sisters of Social Service
4316 Lanai Road
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 285-3355
Sisters of Social Service are women of many cultures who come together to fulfill the Gospel call to care for the poor and alienated. The right of all people to live in dignity is at the heart of their work and of their religious faith.
Soroptimist International Los Angeles
P.O. Box 861897
Los Angeles, CA 90086
Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
South Pasadena Preservation Foundation
913 Meridian Avenue,
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799 - 9089
The mission of the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation is to foster awareness and appreciation of the historic heritage of South Pasadena and to advocate and facilitate preservation of significant examples of that heritage.

Town Hall Los Angeles
515 S. Flower St., Ste. 1650 Los Angeles, CA 90071

Since 1937, Town Hall Los Angeles has been dedicated to promoting civic participation, pride and awareness. Today, TOWN HALL Los Angeles is among the top ten executive speaker forums in the nation, and the only one of that group in Southern California. Their goal is to expose the community to new points of view through a vigorous exchange of ideas. In TOWN HALL’s unique public forum, everything is up for discussion. Participants can look a world leader or corporate mogul in the eye and ask a direct question that leads to a better understanding of timely issues. Through engaged audiences and provocative speakers, we strive to help people Be Informed.

UCLA Center for Community Partnerships
2333 Murphy Hall Box 951405 Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 267-5257

The Center for Community Partnerships’ mission is to support partnerships between UCLA faculty, staff and students and community organizations to address social issues that will improve the lives of residents in Los Angeles.
Historical Societies
& Museums
This list includes organizations that have permanent exhibits and/or programming specifically about certain aspect of Southern California history, life, and culture.

Studio for Southern California History
977 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 229 – 8890

The Studio for Southern California History seeks to critically chronicle Southern California history from a social and cultural perspective. By examining history "from the bottom up" the Studio hopes to recover overlooked histories of community and strife in the larger Los Angeles area and to foster a sense of place and political entitlement among Southern Californians.
Altadena Historical Society 730 E. Altadena Drive Altadena, CA 91001-2351 (626) 797-8016
Altadena Historical Society (AHS), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1935 to gather, preserve, and make available information about the people, places, and events that have shaped the community in the past.
Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County
1337 Bellevue Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Started in 1958, the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County was formed to bring together Historical Societies from throughout Los Angeles County and individuals with an interest in history. At three Mini-Conferences held during the year, these members are encouraged to share their experiences with their historical societies so that others might learn. The Mini-Conferences are held in a venue that encourages those attend to learn, such as local Historical Society Museums, libraries, or other locations of interest. The Mini-Conferences usually feature a speaker on local history along with a tour of the facility where the meeting is being held or another location.
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Autry brings together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The Autry’s desired impact is to create relevancy between history and the present day and to engage the public in exploration of critical contemporary concerns in order to shape the future. The Autry continues to aim for this outcome through the creation of provocative, engaging, and compelling museum experiences that increase people’s understanding of each other and America, help the community ask and answer important questions about the most pressing issues of society, and promote solutions beneficial to the greater good.
Boyle Heights Historical Society
P.O. Box 862067
Los Angeles, CA 90086
Our Mission is to engage the public interest to collect, preserve, appreciate and share knowledge relevant to the diverse social, ethnic, cultural, geographic and architectural heritage of Boyle Heights.

Burbank Historical Society 115 Lomita Street
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 841-6333

The Burbank Historical Society was founded in 1973 by a group of individuals who were committed to collecting and preserving the rich history of the community of Burbank. Incorporated in 1975, the Society operates the Gordon R. Howard Museum which includes an 1887 Victorian house, a memorabilia building including a Lockheed Aviation display and other historical artifacts, a vintage vehicle building, a salon and the Ray Sence addition in which 19th century era rooms are shown.
California African American Museum
600 State Dr. Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 90037
The mission of the California African American Museum (CAAM) is to research, collect, preserve and interpret the history, art, and culture of African Americans for public enrichment, with an emphasis on the western United States. Celebrating Black history, art, and culture 365 days a year, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide thought-provoking, artistically stimulating, historically relevant, and culturally-significant programming for people of all ages and backgrounds.
California Heritage Museum 2612 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contemporary and historical art, located in a 1894 house with furnishings from three different eras in Santa Monica's history.
Chatsworth Historical Society 10385 Shadow Oak Drive, Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 882-5614
The CHS was formed in 1963 and upholds a three point mission in addition to the commemoration of historical dates and events: (1) to preserve and mark historic sites and landmarks of the Chatsworth area; (2) to be an agency for the collection of photographs, artifacts, and archaeological items that represent the history of Chatsworth; and (3) to establish a museum to house and exhibit the collection.
Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The mission of the Chinese American Museum (CAM) is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans.
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
415 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The mission of the organization is "to bring together people with a mutual interest in the important history and historical role of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Southern California; to pursue, preserve and communicate knowledge of this history; and to promote the heritage of the Chinese and Chinese American community in support of a better appreciation of our rich, multi-cultural society."
Corita Art Center
5515 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Corita Art Center is a gallery and archive dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and spirit of artist, activist and educator, Corita Kent. A member of the Immaculate Heart Community, Corita’s work reflects the Immaculate Heart commitment to dignity and justice for all and the Corita Art Center maintains a close and mutually supportive relationship with this Community that sustained and nourished her.
Culver City Historical Society P.O. Box 3428
Culver City, CA 90231
The Culver City Historical Society, founded in 1980, is a non-profit membership organization created for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Culver City and its cultural and civic accomplishments.
Downey Historical Society 12450 Rives Ave.
Doweney, CA 90241
No mission statement available.

Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
2225 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 257-1357

“Our historical society objectives are to preserve, clarify through research and to perpetuate the history of Eagle Rock Valley; to make this history available to students, researchers, libraries and all interested persons; and to preserve and protect our local landmarks, especially the Eagle Rock.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Ste. 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Today, as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums.
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America
P.O. Box 2472 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
The purpose of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA) is to promote Hispanic genealogical and historical research and education. Our goal is to expand awareness and knowledge of Hispanic culture, history and traditions.
Glendale Historical Society P.O. Box 4173, Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 242-7447
We advocate for the identification and preservation of Glendale's landmarks. Some of our projects have included The Alex Theatre, E.D. Goode House, Grand Central Air Terminal, Masonic Temple, Seeley Building, Glendale Federal Building, Egyptian Village Café, Bob's Big Boy, and many others. We support formation of Historic Districts to preserve the original architecture and craftsmanship that defines many of Glendale's older neighborhoods.
Hathaway Ranch and Oil Museum
11901 E. Florence Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (562) 777 - 3444
We are a museum of family and community history located in the heart of Southern California, preserving five generations of memories and artifacts. The museum's predecessor, the Rancho Santa Gertrudes Historical Society, was founded August 9, 1983, and the Hathaway Ranch Museum was incorporated as an operating foundation in October, 1986. Nadine Hathaway was the driving force behind both the formation and successful daily operation of both the historical society and the museum, and she was enthusiastically involved in the daily activities of the Hathaway Ranch Museum up until late 2000, when failing health finally prevented any further strenuous daily participation. Richard F. (Dick) Hathaway, was also active alongside his wife, Nadine, supporting her various historical interests up until his passing in 1986 with his extensive historical knowledge of the area and his collection of historic books, maps photographs and artifacts. The museum's five-acre site holds some one-hundred and forty years of Hathaway family and community history.
Historical Society of Centinela Valley
7634 Midfield Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
No mission statement available.
Historical Society of Long Beach
4260 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to connect people to the past and to the place they live by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the material history of Long Beach. Through our programs and services, we help develop an inclusive community narrative that gives residents a greater understanding of their role in the story of their neighborhood and their city. The HSLB serves as an important resource for groups and individuals including preservationists, architects, historians, artists, filmmakers, authors, journalists, educators, researchers, students, policymakers, genealogists and the community at large.
Historical Society of Southern California
P.O. Box 93487
Pasadena, CA 91109
(323) 222 - 0546
With the history of Los Angeles as a special interest, the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC), founded in 1883, is the oldest historical society in California. Our headquarters is in El Alisal, former home of author, editor and activist Charles Fletcher Lummis. HSSC programs reach out to a diverse cultural community. They include the Southern California Quarterly journal, a monthly newsletter, and a distinguished series of books. We also honor members of our community with our Awards program. In addition, HSSC conducts daylong tours, planned around specific historical themes. Check our Calendar for upcoming events.

Hollywood Heritage Museum 2100 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068-3241 (323) 874-2276

Hollywood Heritage is dedicated to preserving Hollywood's past. Hollywood Heritage takes an active role in issues involving the historic structures along the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment National Register District as well as other structures in Hollywood.
Japanese American Nation Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles California 90012 (213) 625-0414
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.
Korean American Museum
P.O. Box 741879
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 388-4229
The Korean American community has established the Korean American Museum to interpret and preserve its history, culture, and achievements; to examine and discuss issues currently facing the community; and to explore new and innovative ways to communicate the Korean American experience to other American communities.

Los Angeles City Historical Society
P.O. Box 41046
Los Angeles, CA 90041

No mission statement available.

Manhattan Beach Historical Society
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Manhattan Beach Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of Manhattan Beach, and to the collection and display of historical information and memorabilia about the city. The Society began as a committee in the early 1970s and incorporated as a non-profit, tax exempt organization on October 20, 1977. Our headquarters are in the historic beach cottage located in Polliwog Park at 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
Museum of Neon Art
501 W. Olympic Blvd Suite 101,
Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 489 – 9918
The mission of the Museum of Neon Art is to encourage learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection, and interpretation of neon art.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO (3466)
The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.
Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 S. "A" St.
Perris, CA 92570
"The Orange Empire Railway Museum's purpose is to preserve and display artifacts and documents of the rail transportation industry in order to educate the public on the technology, history and impact of the rail transportation industry in the West and more specifically Southern California."
Ramona Museum of California History
339 S. Mission Drive
San Gabriel, 91776
Ramona Parlor #109 is just one of many parlors that form the Native Sons of the Golden West. Native Sons is dedicated to preserving and promoting California history. The Ramona Museum offers an eclectic collection of artifacts and relics from the early Rancho and Mission Periods and many artifacts from the early American period. Other artifacts include a carriage used by Colonel Fremont on his historic trip to Los Angeles, and flag labeled “the First Bear Banner raised in Sonoma County, 1845.”
San Gabriel Historical Association
546 W. Broadway
San Gabriel, CA 91776
As part of our agreement with the city it is agreed that the Association will follow the guidelines from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for the preservation of historical homes. This we continue to do to the best of our ability. We have the on going assistance of Mr. Martin Weil who is a preservation architect. Following our move into the "radio club" we needed more space so the back half of the building was added on to give us more display space. At this time we are looking for ways to expand for a larger work area and storage.
Santa Ana Canyon Historical Council
P.O, Box 6036,
Anaheim, CA 92816
No mission statement available.
Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
120 Civic Center Dr.
W. Santa Ana, CA 92701
The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society is an active group of people concerned and interested in preserving and celebrating the history of our local Santa Ana valley community. We preserve and maintain the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum. We record and promote the history of early Santa Ana and its central role in the birth and growth of Orange County. We celebrate local history by creating enjoyable events and publications for residents whether hard-core historians or just curious. We actively support the education of our children to learn about and appreciate their heritage and the community around them.
Sherman Indian Museum
9010 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92503-4431 (951) 276-6719
The museum houses records from the Sherman Institute’s early days to the present. Sherman Indian High School was derived from the Perris Indian School which was the first off reservation Indian Boarding School in the state of California...The Sherman Museum is housed in the Sherman Indian High School's administration building, the current school's only original architecture. This online photo gallery documents the history of the Sherman Indian Museum and gives one an idea of the photographic holdings available at this museum. The Names of Sherman Project is also worth exploring as it is the Museum’s attempt to track the names of the school’s past students. Over 2,000 catalogued items or artifacts of American Indian origin are housed there. These items were acquired from friends of the school and museum. In 1974, the Sherman Indian Museum was designated as a Riverside Cultural Heritage Landmark. It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500
The Skirball Cultural Center defines itself as a Jewish institution in an American context. Our focus is on Judaism as a historical and cultural phenomenon, singular in ancestry but plural in expression. We are inspired by the parallels between Jewish values and American democratic principles. The Skirball's programs, exhibitions, curricula, and communal initiatives seek to convey these ideals to a wide public.
Society of Women Adventurers
P.O. Box 3096
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The Society of Women Adventurers was formed to celebrate women's adventures and explorations and share those experiences with others seeking to expand their enlightenment of the world in which we live. SWA is a non-profit organization formed in 2004 by a group of women from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of ages. The Society of Women Adventurers is comprised of women whose accomplishments demonstrate a keen sense of adventure and whose lives have taken unusual turns and women who have ignored boundaries and extended their experience beyond the ordinary. They have blazed trails, explored the unfamiliar, accumulated knowledge and lived life with an intensity and curiosity that sets them a bit apart. Membership has grown steadily due to ongoing programs of engaging speakers, stimulating topics and fascinating field trips. We are proud to count many of these distinguished women among our ranks.

West Adams Heritage Association
2263 S. Harvard Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) is devoted to preservation of the historic West Adams section of Los Angeles. West Adams is located just south and west of Downtown and contains the city's largest concentration of Victorian and Craftsman homes, five of the city's Historic Preservation Overlay Zones, and a concentration of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments.

Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society
137 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Windsor Square is a neighborhood of 1100 homes between Beverly Boulevard to the north, Wilshire Boulevard to the south, Arden Boulevard to the west and Van Ness Avenue to the east. The Windsor Square Association is a non-profit organization promoting public safety, social welfare, community education and the quality of living for residents in Windsor Square. The Association is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Ventura County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 24608
Ventura, California 93002
The VCGS is a California-registered Non-Profit organization dedicated to the promotion of genealogy and public education. The VCGS also maintains a reference library which is located within the Camarillo Library at 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, Ventura County, California.
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