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

The Gerth Archives and Special Collection at the CSUDH University Library is home to our university archives, digital and special collections, rare books, and the archives of the California State University. We support campus, community, and visiting researchers, and encourage students to discover primary sources. Learn more about the Gerths →

Image of University Library building. Text with Gerth Archives & Special Collections.

Digital Collections

Photographs and documents from the university and region available online.

B&W photograph from CSUDH University Archives of Homecoming Court '83-'84.

CSUDH University Archives

Photographs, documents, audio, video, and artifacts from and about CSUDH.

Image of Dominguez Ranch deed with cattle brand.

Special Collections

Collections about South Bay of Los Angeles, regional, and state history.

B&W photograph from CSU System Archives of opening ceremony.
CSU System Archives

Historical record groups and collections of the System and executive offices.

Image of rare book from Gerth Archives & Special Collections.
Rare Books

Unique books of historic value and books from collections in the Gerth Archives.

Exhibit case of archival material in the Gerth Archives & Special Collections at CSUDH.

Current archival exhibits in the archives and online.


Collection Highlights

Mr. Takano

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

Two men on top of building with downtown Los Angeles

Library Construction, 1971

See more images from the CSUDH Photograph Collection.

four individuals in front of library construction site in 1971

Kumekichi Ishibashi with Children

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

Photograph of Kumekichi Ishibashi with Children from Ishibashi Family Colleciton

1910 Air Meet Digital Collection

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

1910 Air Meet Photograph

Japanese American/Peruvian Collections

See our topic research guide on the history of Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians.

Screenshot of the Japanese American and Japanese Peruvian archival guide.

Faculty and staff demonstration

Browse images and text in the California State University System Archives Digitization Project.

Faculty protest photograph from the California State University System Archives

Magic Johnson speaks at CSUDH

See more images from the CSUDH Photograph Collection.

Black and white image of Magic Johnson from the CSUDH Photograph Collection.

Tradeswomen Archives and Labor Studies Collections at CSUDH

See our topic guide for primary source collections related to labor studies and collections in the Tradeswomen Archives Project.

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Madrona Marsh Preserve Collection

Learn more about environmental collections at CSUDH.

man holding butterfly

Albert J. McNeil Collection

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

Jubilee singers photograph

Group portrait of a theatre group (WLCAC)

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

African American female and male theatre troupe

Sacred Music Collections at CSUDH

See our topic guide to Sacred Music primary source collections at CSUDH.

CSUDH Homecoming Court

See more images from the CSUDH Photograph Collection.

Group of students posing for homecoming court photograph

Century Freeway Project

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

Two women carrying wood beam

The Esperanto movement

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

In the News

Holt Labor Library Collection at CSUDH announced in Society of California Archivists 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.  Navigate to the newsletter→ 

"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. Learn more at CSUDH News → 

 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 Department. Learn more at CSUDH News →