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The Urban Archives was established in 1979 through the efforts of university faculty, concerned community organizations, and civic leaders. While it was a part of numerous administrative units on campus during its early years, in July of 1992 the Urban Archives was placed under the administration of the Oviatt Library. Its purpose is to collect historically significant records of voluntary associations, local political figures, prominent citizens, and civic leaders which have contributed to the growth of Los Angeles County, and influenced government and public thinking since the beginning of the late nineteenth century.

Holdings in the Urban Archives include those typical of large, 20th-century archival collections, especially correspondence, newspapers, financial records, photographs, and other corporate and personal records. The collections document urban development in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, education, journalism in Southern California, labor and guild history, minority and ethnic studies, politicians and political movements, social service and women in Los Angeles.

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