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Facility Contacts: Michael Kirley, Genealogy Specialist
Carolyn Cole, Senior librarian, Photographic Collection
Glen Creason, Map specialist
Cindy McNaughton, California History Specialist
Address: Los Angeles Public Library
630 West Fifth St. (between Grand and Flower, downtown)
Los Angeles, California 90071-2097
History & Genealogy Department
Tom Bradley Wing
Lower Level 4.
Telephone: Information, Main Number (213) 228 7000
History and Genealogy Dept. (213) 228-7400
Hours of Operation: Mon. through Thurs.: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sun.: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Park at 524 S. Flower St., beneath the entry gardens to the library. For the
special parking rates, obtain a library card in the check in/ check out area,
and have your parking ticket validated at the information desk before returning
to your car in the garage. With a
free library membership, you receive a sticker
for your car which makes the cost of parking $1.00 on the weekend.
Description of Resources:
The public library system has 5.5 million volumes, 6600 periodical subscriptions, 3000 audio tapes, 2600 films, and 91,000 maps. It has special collections in California in fiction, California history, children's literature, drama and theater, fiction by and about Blacks, genealogy, U.S. patents, and U.S. documents.
The following list gives the location of California related genealogical material:
Lower level 4 History, Genealogy
The reference material of primary interest
It also has the Los Angeles Superior Courts' certificates of citizenship, 1876 - 1906, declarations of intention , 1887 - 1915, and petitions for naturalization, 1907 - 1915.
Newspapers & Periodicals:
All general city newspapers are located in the Department of History and Genealogy. Los Angeles newspapers are well represented in the microfilm collection. Newspapers from several other major cities are available, including the Chicago Tribune 1849 -, New York Times 1851 - , Times of London 1785 - , San Diego Union and San Francisco Chronicle 1869 -, Denver Post, and the Boston Globe. (See the three ring binder listing all the newspapers and their dates at the reference desk.)
In general periodicals are located in the subject department with books on that subject. In the History and Genealogy Department there are some 600 genealogy related titles, many with long back files. Included are both Toledot and Avotaynu. Many are indexed individually or in PERSI, the Periodical Source Index which is the genealogical equivalent to Readers Guide To Periodical Literature
City Directories & Telephone Books:
The History and Genealogy Department has collections of both hard copy and microfilm city directories. There is an eclectic set of approximately 1200 paper directories and L. A. City Directories (1886 to 1942) in the open stacks in the Department. These are listed on cards kept at the reference desk. The library owns City Directories of the United States, 5000 City directories from 1861 to 1960 on microfilm. Directories on microfiche cover earlier years (1666 - 1860). These may be located by searching the folder at the reference desk on "Genealogy Department Microforms."
A collection of telephone books , "Phone fiche", is also available. It covers Los Angeles from 1903 to present, and other cities from 1976 to present
California Biography Index
California Subject Index (newer entries on the computer.)
Maps and Gazetteers:
Maps and gazetteers are located in the Department of History and Genealogy . The map collection is one of the largest in American public libraries, with 80,000 maps, 2,000 atlases, 1,000 gazetteers and over 1000 books supporting the study of maps and mapping.
The library has a selection of Army Map Service sectional maps at different levels of detail for different countries. Some eastern European countries are represented at an excellent scale (Poland at 1:100,000, for example). Among the features of the collection are historic street maps of Los Angeles back to 1849 and historic street guides back to 1929. The map collection also includes the Library of Congress collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases on microfilm for the state of California, and Sanborn maps for Los Angeles from the 1880s to 1970. There is a listing of the maps available at the reference desk. Ask for the map librarian.
The library's collection of 350,000 photographs of Los Angeles beginning in the 1880's from the Security Pacific collection and 2.5 million photo archives of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper are available for viewing by appointment only. Time periods are limited and usually booked several weeks ahead. Call 213 - 228 - 7400 and ask for the history department to schedule. Copies of some of the photographic prints may be ordered .
Photographs -- on LAPL collection site
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