Cal State LA Special Collections and Archives collects and houses several important Los Angeles and Southern California-based collections that reflect the rich history and culture of Los Angeles. Our digital collections include newspapers, photographs, and audio files.
College/University Times Collection
The University Times is the student-run newspaper of California State University, Los Angeles. In June of 1948, the first two issues of the student newspaper were published and named the “STATE”. When the fall semester began, the first issue of October 1948 called for name suggestions. By the next issue, the newspaper was officially named College Times. In 1965 the College Times was named the best newspaper by California Intercollegiate Press. In 1972, the College Times changed its name to University Times, in accordance with the change in university status.
Compton Communicative Arts Academy (CCAA)
The Compton Communicative Arts Academy (CCAA) collection is comprised of images that document African American art and culture, community-based art making, and art-based community making in Los Angeles during the early 1970s. The 200 items in this digital collection were selected from an unorganized collection of over 4,100 photographs, negatives, slides and ephemera by faculty members from the Library and the Liberal Studies Department. The criteria for selection were images that illustrate buildings and places; the Academy's programming, artwork, and performances; artists, artwork, important people and events; and Willie B. Ford, Jr. as a photographer. This phase of the project was part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Mel Weisburd Papers
These recordings are from the personal collection of the poet Mel Weisburd, who during the 1950s was the editor of the influential journal of California poetry, Coastlines. Accounts of California poetry of the time now increasingly identify the group of poets associated with the journal (a circle dubbed the “Coastliners” by Weisburd) as an important alternative to the more visible Beat communities of San Francisco and Venice. Weisburd avidly sought to document the poetry activity of Los Angeles in the 50s, which recorded a number of legendary happenings and readings that featured important American poets including as Kenneth Rexroth, Kenneth Patchen, Don Gordon, Ann Stanford, Gene Frumkin, and Thomas McGrath.
Chinese American Oral History Project
Our collaboration with the Cal State LA Asian/Asian American studies department began in the Fall of 2016. When Dr. Juily Phun’s class began recording its oral histories, Special Collections and Archives worked in the background preparing to collect these stories and preserve them for future generations. As the project has grown, so too has our involvement in it; each class attends a workshop held by Special Collections staff to learn about the transcription and indexing process. By leveraging the power of students perspectives and commitment to the project, we are working together towards the goal of ensuring these stories are accessible to all.