SCL's holdings include an un-cataloged collection of about 25,000 books, divided intosubject areas for browsing; a collection of about 20,000 periodical titles, some quite rare(e.g. the
, the oldest African American newspaper in California, going back to the 19th Century); a good collection of pamphlets, many unique; a collection of videos, including a large number made by Ralph Cole documenting local events (lectures,demonstrations, etc.); a film collection; and an archival collection managed by a professional archivist.The Southern California Library's labor collection includes videos, books, manuscriptcollections, ephemera, and the Julius Mel Reich Archives. The Julius Mel Reich Labor Archives contain records in the form of pamphlets, leaflets, correspondence, contracts,constitutions, and other forms of print material from local and international unions; over 150 unions are represented.The labor manuscript collections include the International Ladies Garment WorkersUnion (ILGWU) Project Papers, 1914-1993; International Typographical Union Records,1903-1970s; Los Angeles J.P. Stevens Boycott Committee Records, 1975-1980; the FarmWorker Organizing Collections, 1948-1996; and the Harry Bridges Papers, 1938-1955concerning his deportation cases.Using their archives SCL has produced their own Labor History Map of Los Angeles,entitled "We Built This City;" “Picking Up the Torch“, a video telling the story of immigrant labor in Los Angeles; and a book,
The ILGWU in Los Angeles, 1907-1988
,which was used as a source in the California Labor History Map project of which thisreport is an outgrowth.Seventy-one finding aids to the archival holdings of SCL (relating to Labor as well asCivil Rights and Social Justice Movements in Los Angeles) can be found in the OnlineArchive of California, to which the library is a contributor. The archives futuredevelopment is defined as providing further documentation on progressive, grassroots,social and political movements in Los Angeles County. Additionally, SCL is engaged inan ambitious schedule of public programs covering the community history of South LosAngeles and developing materials and educational workshops for secondary schoolteachers and students that use the Library's resources.A staff of eight (full and part time) offer reference services, community and educational programs, photocopying, and digitization. The Library also publishes a regular newsletter, Heritage. The reading room is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.Staff members respond to inquiries by phone or email.
Urban Archives Center, CSU Northridge
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