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African American Studies in Library Special Collections

Library Special Collections holdings on African Americans include significant collections which reveal the influence of individuals, organizations and institutions and their role in the development of Los Angeles.

Curator

Alva Stevenson

Alva Stevenson

Contact Info 
A1713 Young Research Library 
Library Special Collections 
Email: Alva Stevenson 
Phone: 310.825.4932

African American Studies Resources beyond Library Special Collections

African American Studies


The original forty-four pobladores (settlers) who founded Our Lady of the Queen of the Angels (Los Angeles) in 1781 included several of Afro-Mexican descent. In the more than two hundred years since, African-American Angelenos have played an integral role in the city’s development into a world-class metropolis. Library Special Collections holdings on African Americans include significant collections which reveal the influence of individuals, organizations and institutions and their role in the development of the city. African Americans came to Los Angeles in multiple waves of migration from Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, and other states and, once here, fought and triumphed over the racism and bias they believed had been left behind in their home states.

Quick Tips

Online Archive of California

  • Begin with the Online Archive of California (OAC). Many special collections held by UCLA are included in the OAC database. Vary your search from the very general terms such as “African Americans” to more specific terms such as “African Americans in Los Angeles,” or "African American Photographs."

Search UCLA's finding aids on the Online Archive of California:

 


UCLA Library Resources

*Also note campus departments, units, and organizations with ties to the larger African American community in Los Angeles.