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Gerth Archives & Special Collections: Home

Donald R. & Beverly J. Gerth Archives and Special Collections

The Gerth Archives & Special Collection at California State University Dominguez Hills University Library is home to the university archives, digital and special collections, rare books, and the archives of the California State University. 

Collection Highlights

Two men on top of building with downtown Los Angel

Mr. Takano

See more photographs from the Ninomiya Studio Collection in the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project.

Kumekichi Ishibashi with children.

Kumekichi Ishibashi with Children

Learn about the Ishibashi Family Collection from the collection's finding aid.

Bleriot Monoplane owned by Didier Masson - side view

1910 Air Meet Digital Collection

See more images from the 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet held at the CSUDH campus.

Faculty protest photograph from the California State University System Archives

Faculty and Staff Demonstrations

Browse images and text in the California State University System Archives digitization project.

Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers US Tour

Albert J. McNeil Collection

Learn more about the Alfred J. McNeil Collection from the collection's finding aid.

African American female and male theatre troupe.

The Jokerettes Comedy Troupe

See more materials about the Watts Labor Community Action Committee in our digital collections.

Two women carrying wood beam.

Century Freeway Project

See more digital items from the Tradeswomen Archive in our digital collections. 

Group of people on a boat.

The Esperanto Movement

See over 400 books in our catalog written in or about the international language of Esperanto.

In the News

Subdivision exhibit

New Archives Exhibit: “perpetual and binding forever": Race and the Creation of a Los Angeles Subdivision

In observation of Black History Month, a new digital exhibit in the Gerth Archives & Special Collections illustrates how developers of a small West Los Angeles subdivision were forced to become essentially the weaponized arm of the government's racist attitudes.

Black power exhibition

New Archives Exhibit: Black Power: Selections from the Gerth Archives at CSU Dominguez Hills

The exhibit, which comprises facsimiles of material from the Holt Labor Library collection, is now on view at Page Against the Machine bookstore in Long Beach, CA until June 2021, as well as online via the Gerth Archives and Special Collections website.


Documenting COVID-19 Digital Collection and Finding Aid Now Online

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections’ Documenting COVID-19 Collection, which comprises submissions from the CSUDH and Southern LA County communities, is now available to view online.

More Archives News →

Fourth Annual South Bay History Symposium

Fourth Annual South Bay History Symposium

Watch a recording of the Fourth Annual South Bay History Symposium, titled "The South Bay 1920-2020: 100 Years of Change," hosted by the Compton 125 Historical Society in collaboration with the Gerth Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills on November 14, 2020.

Archives exhibit featured in SAA Newsletter

An article detailing the transition of the Gerth Archives' exhibit "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" from a physical space to an online platform has been published in Performance!, the Society of American Archivists Performing Arts newsletter. The article was written by Music Archivist Beth McDonald, who curated the physical exhibit and developed the online version.

CSU Dominguez Hills banner

Blog Post: Former Archives Intern Shares Her Experience

Yahaira Santana, a CSUDH history major who interned with the Gerth Archives and Special Collections during the 2019-2020 academic year, describes how her internship contributed to her interests in archives and history.

Mayme A. Clayton

Gerth Archives & Special Collections to Receive Mayme Agnew Clayton Collection

CSUDH and the Gerth Archives have signed an historic agreement to house the 2 million+ item collection of African American History and Culture.

Man holding video recorders at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Help the Archives Document COVID-19

The Gerth Archives & Special Collections is inviting Southern Los Angeles County and Toro Nation community members to document our individual and community coronavirus experiences by submitting materials to digital collections.

Exhibit: "100 Years of the Women's Vote"

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections and the Department of Women's Studies presents the new student-created exhibit "100 Years of the Women's Vote," honoring the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Wilson C. Riles with outstretched arms to a group of children.

Collection Highlight: Wilson C. Riles

An important recent addition to the Gerth Archives & Special Collections are the digitized campaign materials of Wilson C. Riles' successful run for Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California in 1970. Riles (1917-1999) was the first African American elected to statewide office in California.


Guaranteed Wages

Holt Labor Library Collection at CSUDH announced in Society of California Archivists (SCA) Winter 2020 Newsletter

Allison Ransom, Holt Labor Library Project Archivist writes official announcement for the Holt Labor Library  in the Society of California Archivists 2020 Winter newsletter.

Douglas F. Dollarhide, the first African American mayor of the City of Compton.

"South Bay History Symposium 'Untwists' Compton's Legacy," October 25, 2019

The program commemorates the 50th anniversary of the election of Douglas F. Dollarhide, the first African American mayor of the City of Compton.

jose guadalupe posada

University Art Gallery Exhibits 'Legend and Legacy: José Guadalupe Posada and Contemporary Latinx Art', October 1, 2019

Armas and Rod Hernandez, associate professor of English at CSUDH, lead the planning and implementation of exhibition,  made possible with support from California Humanities, and is being presented in collaboration with the CSUDH Gerth Archives and Special Collections.