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Library Exterior and Inside the Library

Bookshelf and study table from Library North, 2nd floor.

Bookshelf and study table from Library North, 2nd floor.

2.	Library North 1st floor computer workstations.

Library North 1st floor computer workstations.

Bookshelf and study table from Library North, 2nd floor.

University Library Skybridge

Outside welcome sign on Library South

Concrete seating area outside Library North

Bookshelf and study table from Library North, 2nd floor.

American Museum of Natural History section on Library South, 3rd floor

Outside welcome sign on Library South

Main service area on Library North, 1st floor

Outside welcome sign on Library South

Outside welcome sign on Library South

Outside welcome sign on Library South

1960s card catalog, housed in Special Collections & Archives

John K. Pollard Children's Book Collection, donated in 1967 and comprised of works from authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Selections from John K. Pollard Children's Book Collection, donated in 1967 and comprised of works from authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

1898 edition of Encyclopedia Brittanica, housed in the rare books section of Special Collections & Archives

1898 edition of Encyclopedia Brittanica, housed in the rare books section of Special Collections & Archives

Outdoor view of Library North

Outdoor view of Library North

Outdoor view of Cal State LA University Library and Skybridge

Outdoor view of Cal State LA University Library and Skybridge

A selection of rare books house in Special Collections & Archives

A selection of rare books house in Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Library South 2nd Floor

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Library South 2nd Floor

Special Collections & Archives

Pictures of Our Past Collection

The collection includes over 30,000 photographic prints from 1879-2006. The photographs portray important events in Cal State LA’s history as well as general university life.

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Cal State LA Sign, 1964

Installing the Cal State LA sign on the 10 freeway, 1964

Cal State LA after the erection of Salazar Hall and Simpson Tower

Cal State LA after the construction of Salazar Hall and Simpson Tower, late 1970s

JFK Library

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, early 1970s

Cal State LA after the construction of Salazar Hall and Simpson Tower, the naming of which was highly contentious ca. 1968

Cal State LA after the construction of Salazar Hall and Simpson Tower, the naming of which was highly contentious ca. 1968

East LA Archive

The East Los Angeles Archive is comprised of collections that document the lives and events of a historical community central to the social, political, and cultural history of the Chicana(o)/Latina(o) community in the United States.

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A selection of pins from the Gloria Arellanes Papers

A selection of pins from the Gloria Arellanes Papers, late 1960s

Poster from the Jose Figueroa Papers created by Self Help Graphics, 1979

Poster from the Jose Figueroa Papers created by Self Help Graphics, 1979

MECHA Poster from the Jose Figueroa Papers

MECHA Poster from the Gloria Arellanes Papers, late 1960s

Brown Berets peacefully march through the streets

Brown Berets peacefully march through the streets, photograph from the Gloria Arellanes Papers, late 1960s

Compton Communicative Arts Academy Collection

The Compton Communicative Arts Academy (CCAA) collection is composed 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.

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Elliott Pinkney mural on the side of a building depicting working men, stars and stripes

Elliott Pinkney mural depicting working men, stars and stripes, early 1970s

Painting of three African American women

Elliott Pinkney mural of three African American women dancing, early 1970s

Elliott Pinkney mural on the side of a building depicting multicultural theme

Elliott Pinkney multicultural mural, early 1970s

Elliott Pinkney Mural: Ignorance and Poverty

Elliott Pinkney "Ignorance and Poverty" mural, early 1970s

Mesoamerican Colonial Mexico Rare Book Collection

The Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico Rare Book Collection consists of facsimile editions of Pre-Columbian Codices, such as the Borgia, Nuttall, Fejervary-Mayer, Vaticanus A and B, Selden, Borbonicus, Boturini, Mendoza, De la Cruz-Badiano, and Florentine Codex.

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Documents and drawings of the British artist and explorer Adela Breton during her visits to Chichen ltza in 1903-1904.

Documents and drawings of the British artist and explorer Adela Breton during her visits to Chichen ltza in 1903-1904. 

From Codex Fejervary-Maryer, 1901

From Codex Fejervary-Maryer, 1901

From The First Delineation of the New World and the first use of the name America on a printed map; an analytical comparison of three maps, 1928

A map from The First Delineation of the New World and The First Use of the Name America on a Printed Map, 1928

Restoration of the Xochicalco Monument from Monumentos del Arte Mexicano Antiguo, 1890

Restoration of the Xochicalco Monument from Monumentos del Arte Mexicano Antiguo, 1890