Archives Department Receives Collection from Longest-Running Black-Owned Bookstore

Bernice and Alfred Ligon in 1992

In honor of Black History Month, the Department of Africana Studies and University Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) present “The Font of Black Culture in Los Angeles: The Alfred and Bernice Ligon Aquarian Collection” beginning Feb. … [Read more...]

CSU Dominguez Hills Archives Department Puts Historical Long Beach Fire Department Photos Online

Long Beach Fire Department, 1917

Thousands of historical images depicting 70 years of the Long Beach Fire Department, beginning in 1898, are now accessible online through the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Department of Archives and Special Collections’ website at … [Read more...]

Symposium Paves Way For First-Of-Its-Kind Japanese American Incarceration Archives Project

Japanese American internment documents 165

A two-day CSU planning grant symposium kicked off an ambitious and first-of-its-kind project to digitize and create a one-stop website for collections relating to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The event—hosted by the CSU Dominguez Hills Archives and Special … [Read more...]

Archives Department Receives Upton Sinclair Collection


Reposted from the Archives and Special Collections blog. The Archives and Special Collections Department in the Library at CSU Dominguez Hills has received a generous donation of a collection relating to author Upton Sinclair (1878-1968). One of the most prolific authors of the 20th century, … [Read more...]

Don Hata: Historian Delivers Talk on Japanese American Incarceration

Don Hata Lecture 19647

Emeritus professor of history Don Hata spoke on the political, social, and economic issues that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the aftermath of the prison camps on Nov. 29 in the University Library, in complement to  the exhibit, “Building Evidence: Japanese … [Read more...]

Exhibit Explores Mid-Century Lives of Japanese Americans in Southern California

A picture of the Rose Shrimp Company, circa 1950s, by Ninomiya Studio Photograph. Courtesy of Michael Risner

For more than 40 years, historians and archivists at California State University, Dominguez Hills have been gathering materials documenting the lives of Japanese Americans in the South Bay and Los Angeles. Consisting of photographs, yearbooks, and artwork, as well as documents such as letters and … [Read more...]

University Archives Preserve Pioneer Spirit of a California Political Family

Actor Donald P. Loker (at far right) was was a major benfactor to several universities, including USC, his alma mater Harvard, and CSU Dominguez Hills. (L-R) Jack Burby, press secretary to Gov. Brown; Phil Hammond, Utah Consruction and Mining Company; Fred L. Jones, director, California Department of Parks and Recreation; and Loker

In his inauguration speech, Gov. Jerry Brown talked about his ancestors, who toughed it out on the frontier as they migrated to California. In the 1960s, the Brown family was still roughing it out over the land, but as enthusiastic campers who wanted to see the natural wonders of the Golden … [Read more...]

Film of 1910 Air Meet Shown at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

A film of the 1910 Air Meet was one of 14 works shown as part of a program titled, “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910,” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last month in Los Angeles. The feature, “Aviation at Los Angeles, Calif.” was a production released by Essanay Films on Feb. 16, … [Read more...]

Exhibit in University Archives Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s Death

Records, magazines, and other Jimi Hendrix memorabilia will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the artist's death

The Department of Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills will present “Jimi Hendrix: I’ll Meet You in the Next World. Don’t Be Late” from Aug. 24 to Dec. 17 in its exhibit space on the fifth floor of the new Library South. The exhibit is based on a … [Read more...]

Partnership Between Labor Studies, University Library, and National Experts Creates Archive of Women in the Building Trades

National archivists, scholars, and historians are working to create an archive of women in the building trades at CSU Dominguez Hills L-R, back row: Stewart Baker, webmaster, University Library, CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH); Danelle Moon, archivist, San Jose State University Special Collections; Dr. Elizabeth Yakel, associate professor, School of Information, University of Michigan; Lynda DeLoach, archivist, George Meany Memorial Archives, National Labor College, Greg Williams, director, University Archives and Special Collections, CSUDH; and Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates, Ltd., Syracuse, New York L-R, front row: Catherine Hiebert Kerst, archivist, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; Catherine Powell, director, Labor Archives at San Francisco State University; Dr. Vivian Price, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, CSUDH; and Veronica Ciocia-D'Aquino, intern, University Archives and Special Collections, CSUDH In front: Melina Harris, president, Sisters in the Building Trades

Last fall, Vivian Price, assistant professor and coordinator of labor studies, and Greg Williams, director of University Archives and Special Collections, received a $25,000 digital start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for their project, "New Approaches: Tradeswomen … [Read more...]