The Merwin Eugene "Gene" Soyster Photograph Album was compiled and photographs likely taken by Mr. Soyster, coordinator of the San Fernando Valley Campus of Los Angeles State College (and later San Fernando Valley State College) Audio Visual Department. Soyster taught audio visual methods courses in the credential program. The album was donated to Special Collections and Archives by his son John in October 2018. The twenty-two black and white photographs with captions are representative of the colleges' first two years. Gene Soyster passed away in 2011.