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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.

Arts, Culture, and Recreation

  • Diahann Carroll Collection document the career of the award-winning stage and screen actress
  • Jenkins (Billie) Papers, 1969-2006 pioneer and advocate for professional working women and African Americans in the entertainment industry
  • George P. Johnson Negro Film Collection consists of  newspaper clippings, photographs, publicity material, posters, correspondence, and business records related to the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, other early Black film companies, Black-cast films, Black musicians, sports figures and entertainers. Emblematic of the gems in the collection are rare copies of Black newspapers and magazines dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. 
  • Howard Morehead Archive, 1945-2003 work of noted photographer (Jet, Ebony, Los Angeles Sentinel) and includes photographs of local Los Angeles venues, Central Avenue jazz musicians and other entertainers.
  • Horace Tapscott Jazz Collection, 1960-2002 sound recordings, musical compositions and arrangements of this Central Avenue jazz musicians as well as the performances of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension.
  • L.A. Rebellion the work of a group of African and African American students who entered the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television  in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts Rebellion, as part of a “Ethno-Communications” initiative designed to be responsive to communities of color (also including Asian, Chicano and Native American communities).
  • UCLA Film & Television Archives contains holdings on African American contributions to film and television.  Visit Archive Research and Study Center for information on arrangements for viewing holdings.