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Institute for Arts & Media Photographs

About: IAM

The Institute for Arts & Media (IAM) was established in 1981 in the Journalism Department of California State University, Northridge by Dr. Kent Kirkton as the Center for Photojournalism & Visual History. It was renamed in 2008 as its mission and participation had broadened over the years. The mission of the Institute for Arts and Media is to collect, preserve, and disseminate the visual history of the region with an emphasis on ethnic minority communities and photographers. The Institute also promotes research, serves as a center for the exchange of ideas about our visual history, and contributes to the region's educational efforts through exhibitions, programs, and digital archives.

The African American section of the collection contains rich documentation of the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders as well as local churches, politicians, musicians, entertainers, athletes, and social organizations. These collections feature the selected works of photographers Harry Adams and Charles Williams.

The Institute for Arts and Media maintains a Border Studies Collection.  This collection examines the issues surrounding the border between the United States and Mexico, with a focus on immigration, human rights, globalization, and economic violence. Featured here are the works of photojournalist, Julián Cardona. Oral histories of border residents conducted in 2012-13 can be found at the IAM Website.

The images contained in these collections represent an ongoing effort to digitally preserve and exhibit these important works as part of the efforts of the IAM and  the Oviatt Library to support research.





To inquire about the use of these images, please contact the Institute for Arts and Media.

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