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Records Relating to Tom & Ethel Bradley Center | Special Collections & Archives

The Bradley Center was established in 1981 by Dr. Kent Kirkton to disseminate the visual history of Southern California with an emphasis on ethnic minority communities and photographers. In 2015, it developed an ongoing relationship with the Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation, and was renamed the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center. Today, the Bradley Center has over one million images produced by Los Angeles-based photographers that document the social, cultural, and political lives of the diverse communities of Los Angeles and the Southern California region between the 1910s and the present.

Holdings in the Bradley Center consist primarily of photographic materials. They comprise one of the largest collections of African-American photographers west of the Mississippi, and the most extensive collection in Southern California. The collections contain rich documentation of the African-American community, especially the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders as well as local churches, politicians, musicians, entertainers, athletes, and social organizations. Collections also document myriad issues surrounding the border dividing the United States and Mexico, with a focus on immigration, human rights, globalization, and economic violence.


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