South Bay Photograph Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection covers all areas of the South Bay, as well as communities in the Los Angeles area, including Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica, and downtown Los Angeles. A majority of the photos 5x7 or 8x10 in black and white. Many of the photographs of people are professional portraits, including two tin-types. Most of the negatives have been created from the photographs and are not original film. All of the aerial photos were shot professionally, the second set being created by Pacific Air Industries.
- circa 1880-1967
- California State University, Dominguez Hills (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The South Bay Photos Collection was created from the photographs originally collected in the Compton History Collection, the Heritage House Collection, and the South Bay History Collection. Many of the photos are assumed to be from the collections of Robert Gillingham and other local historians of Compton and the South Bay. These photographs were then arranged to parallel the South Bay History and Compton History Collections.
The South Bay is defined in this collection as the area south of the Los Angeles International Airport and the Glenn Anderson Freeway (CA 105) and west of the San Gabriel River Freeway (CA 605). Generally, the cities in this collection are within the borders of the Rancho San Pedro land grant, made in 1784.
520 Photographic Prints (7 linear feet; 10 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of color and black and white photographs, negatives, postcard-backed photos, and tin-types. Subjects of the photographs include people, businesses, churches, houses, schools, farming, transportation, and natural disasters. Communities covered in this collection include Compton, Torrance, Carson, Dominguez, Redondo Beach, Lynwood, Lakewood, San Pedro, Wilmington, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Material from the collection is available online by visiting the South Bay Photograph Digital Collection.
The collection has been organized into 12 series:
- Series I. Carson, circa 1944
- Series II. Compton, circa 1880-1967
- Series III. Dominguez, undated
- Series IV. Lakewood, 1945
- Series V. Lynwood, 1913, 1921, 1926, 1928
- Series VI. Palos Verdes, circa 1920s, undated
- Series VII. Redondo Beach, circa 1880-1925
- Series VIII. Regional, 1932-1959
- Series IX. San Pedro, 1883-1932
- Series X. Terminal Island, 1933
- Series XI. Torrance, 1902, 1910, 1924
- Series XII. Wilmington, circa 1880s, undated
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Photos were acquired over many years through donations and collecting by Archives staff.
- Carson (Calif.)
- Compton (Calif.)
- Dominguez Hills (Calif.)
- Earthquake damages
- Farm produce
- Lakewood (Calif.)
- Long Beach (Calif.)
- Los Angeles (Calif.)
- Lynwood (Calif.)
- Methodist Church buildings
- Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)
- Public buildings -- California -- Compton
- Public schools -- California -- Compton
- Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)
- San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Terminal Island (Calif.)
- Torrance (Calif.)
- Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- South Bay Photo Collection
- Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Allan Goldman
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English