The Carl S. Dentzel Collection documents the work and influence of Carl S. Dentzel throughout his lifetime as a journalist and a community activist, including the renaming of the city of Northridge, the coverage of the conflicts abroad between the U.S., Central America, South America, and Europe, and his work with organizations including the Museum Association and the Municipal Arts. It includes correspondence, pamphlets, annual reports, budgets, minutes, newsletters, reports, maps and photographs. The collection consists of six major series: International Affairs (1939-1943), Local Affairs (1932-1967), Museum Association (1941-1996), Municipal Art (1940-1975), Photographs (1954-1975), and Oversize Material (1932-1975).
Series I, International Affairs, consists of materials that document Dentzel's work as a correspondent with a particular focus on international issues and geopolitics. The series includes newsletters, correspondence, and flyers, as well as other materials regarding the political, economic, and cultural relationships between the United States and other nations and communities. Also included are materials regarding civil issues within foreign nations, especially those in Central America, South America, and Asia. The series is filed alphabetically.
Series II, Local Affairs, consists of materials that document Dentzel's work and involvement in local politics and community work. Included are materials related to his work with several local colleges and universities, as well as his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and other local institutions. The series includes correspondence, minutes, notes, flyers, and other materials. The series is filed alphabetically.
Series III, Museum Association, consists of materials that document Dentzel's work with the Museum Association, an organization specifically concerned with museum and exhibit work, as well as providing support for museums in Los Angeles County. The series includes correspondence, minutes, notes, flyers and other documentation relating to Board meetings and activities within the Museum Association, and it is filed alphabetically.
Series IV, Municipal Art, consists of materials that document Dentzel's work within the Los Angeles and Northridge communities, including the Cultural Heritage Board, Heritage Square, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and his efforts to improve and preserve Los Angeles's cultural history. This series includes correspondence, flyers, articles, minutes, and other documentation pertaining to his work on various boards, projects dedicated to the restoration and preservation of city landmarks, and the cultural history of Los Angeles County as a whole. This series has been further divided into three subseries: General (1943-1969), Cultural Heritage Board (1958-1970), and El Pueblo de Los Angeles (1947-1975). The series is filed alphabetically.
Series V, Photographs, consists of photographs documenting Dentzel's participation in numerous events with the League of Women Voters, with whom he maintained a partnership during his years of community outreach and involvement. Also included is a folder of photographs of various people and events. The series is filed alphabetically.
Series VI, Oversize Material, consists of oversized materials from Series I through Series V. It includes maps, newspapers, posters and various other materials. The series is filed alphabetically.