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

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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.

Student Opportunities

The CSUDH Gerth Archives and Special Collections offers volunteer, internship and work opportunities for students interested in various aspects of archival work including processing, describing and digitizing collections, and exhibition curation and research. Learn more.

In the News

Photograph of four women; One is fixing an escalator, another is waving hi with a machinery behind her, another is driving a piece of machinery, and another is wearing a red hard hat. Text on image reads: Tradeswomen Archive 15th Anniversary Celebration

Tradeswomen Archive 15th Anniversary Celebration

CSU Dominguez Hills Gerth Archives and Special Collections, Interdisciplinary Studies, Women's Studies, History and Labor Studies present Tradeswomen Archive 15th Anniversary Celebration, February 24, 2024 from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm in the University Library, 5th Floor, 5039.

The 1949 installation of officers of Legionarios Del Trabajo, one of the oldest and most distinguished Filipino-American organizations in the nation.

CSUDH Launches New Filipino American Digital Archive (FADA)

On Saturday, March 5, leaders of the Filipino community and local dignitaries will join California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) faculty and representatives of the university’s Gerth Archives and Special Collections to celebrate the launch of the CSUDH Filipino American Digital Archive (FADA). The event, which will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Archives on the fifth floor of the CSUDH University Library, will double as a chance for members of the local Filipino American community to bring in their own materials to add to the archive.

Clippings of various alternative newspapers with a title that reads: New Exhibit Open! Alternative Takes: Community, Underground and Alternative Newspaper, Zines, and Comix at the CSUDH Gerth Archives and Special Collections

“Alternate Takes” Exhibition Explores Alternative, Underground and Local Journalism

The exhibition, “Alternate Takes: Community, Underground and Alternative Newspapers, Zines, & Comix at the CSUDH Gerth Archives & Special Collections,” is now open in the Library Cultural Arts Gallery through May 2024.

Pamphlets in a boxes with titles, Spanish Civil War, Women, Asian American, Asia, LGBTQ, and Latinx.

Greg Williams, Director of the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, provides an overview of activist collections at the Gerth Archives

Greg Williams, Director of the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, recently presented at a virtual event co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society (UK), Bibliographical Society of American, and the Bibliographical Society of Canada in a presentation recorded as part of the "Documenting Social Movement: Bibliography, Archives and Protest."

statue in front of CSUDH library

Gerth Archives Marks New Milestones in Documenting History

The CSUDH Gerth Archives and Special Collections, noted for its preservation of Southern California histories and cultures, has had three major developments toward its mission of making materials more accessible to the public.

Jeanie Morgan with sign on wall that reads

New Collections Open for Research

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections has recently processed physical and digitized collections that are open for research!

Amalia Medina Castaneda

University Archivist Named Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellow

Amalia Medina Castañeda, university archivist at the California State University, Dominguez Hills Gerth Archives and Special Collections, has been selected as one of 15 Rare Book School-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows for 2022-2024.

Oral History

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections received funding from California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to launch an Oral History program

The grant, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, allowed archivists from the department to attend an Oral History workshop and begin conducting Oral History interviews with CSUDH community members.

ARTchivist's Notebook

Seeing Ourselves In Archives On Giving Away Auntie's Things

Sharon Mizota recently wrote a newsletter about donating her aunt’s collection to the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. Sharon Mizota, is the author of ARTchivist’s Notebook, an occasional newsletter musing on the intersection of archives, art, and social justice.

LA Free Press

Gerth Archives and Special Collections Acquires L.A. Free Press Archive

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections recently acquired the archive of the L.A. Free Press, one of the first underground newspapers in the U.S. which gave voice to the counterculture movement and Black, Chicano, LGBTQ and leftist communities.