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San Fernando Valley History

The San Fernando Valley History Digital Library is the first effort to assemble, digitize and make globally available historically significant documents, manuscripts, photographs and related graphic materials from public and private collections in the San Fernando Valley. It provides full, open and equal access to materials demonstrating …

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San Fernando Valley History

Tom & Ethel Bradley Center Photographs

The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center was established in 1981 in the Journalism Department of California State University, Northridge by Dr. Kent Kirkton as the Center for Photojournalism & Visual History. The mission of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center is to collect, preserve, and disseminate the visual history of the region with an emphasis …

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Tom & Ethel Bradley Center Photographs

CSU Japanese American History Digitization Project

The story of the Japanese Americans in the 20th century – their migration to this country, the Alien Land laws under which they lived, their incarceration during World War II, the redress movement – is a complex local and state topic as well as a national subject of great historical impact. The accumulation of archival materials …

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CSU Japanese American History Digitization Project

The Gridiron - California's Fighting Newspaper

In 1926, Andrae B. Nordskog began publishing The Gridiron, a Los Angeles weekly paper that promoted public utility reform.  In 1927, he became actively involved in the Los Angeles-Owens Valley water controversy and began to publish articles and editorials which championed the Owens Valley’s cause and criticized the City of Los …

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The Gridiron - California's Fighting Newspaper

Civil War Narratives

This database brings together diaries, letters, military records and photographs from seven archival and special collections that capture life during the Civil War and Reconstruction as it was experienced by soldiers and their families. These documents form personal narratives that give researchers unique insight into this critical time …

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Civil War Narratives

About the collections



The Oviatt Library Digital Collections feature historically significant documents, photographs, oral histories, artistic works and exhibit materials selected from the Oviatt Special Collections and Archives. Additional project contributors include local heritage organizations, neighboring academic institutions and private collectors. The majority of these collections focus on Los Angeles history with emphasis on the San Fernando Valley. Other collections include digital reproductions of documents from the Civil War, Slavery and it's aftermath,  Chinese antiquities, and photographs from our Old China Hands Archives that document the experiences of foreign residents of China in 1946. The CSU Japanese American Digitization Project brings together diverse World War II documents from across fifteen campuses of the California State University system.

Our International Guitar Research Archives (IGRA) feature extensive collections of guitar compositions, recording notes and correspondence that lend insight into the development of this unique music culture. Collections drawn from the University Archives reveal some of the rich history of the California State University Northridge. Virtual exhibits capture the essence of past exhibitions held at the Library Gallery.

The Oviatt Library Digital Collections are selected from archival and heritage collections under contexts defined by digital collections organizers. These do not necessarily represent nor do they replace the entire contents and contexts embodied within the corpus of collections from which they are derived. Because of this, researchers are strongly encouraged to extend their inquiries into the collections of the Oviatt Library Special Collections and Archives as well as those held by participating institutions as indicated within the information attached to these digital objects. Information regarding the repository, source collection, and finding aid are provided for this purpose.

Copyright. The items in our Digital Collections are made available for educational purposes. Commercial use of works that are not in the public domain is strictly prohibited by law without prior written consent from the copyright holder(s). The responsibility for the use of these materials rests exclusively with the user.

We look forward to learning more about our digital holdings, and to hearing from any copyright owners who may not be properly identified. If you have any additional information about our collections, or if you would like to suggest a correction, please contact the Library Webmaster.

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