Guide to the LACMTA Transit Videos Collection

Finding aid preprared by Patrick A. Stawski
Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. All rights reserved.

Guide to the LACMTA Transit Videos Collection

Collection number: 05-DPGTL

Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archives

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Los Angeles, California
Encoded by:
Patrick A. Stawski
© 2006 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: LACMTA transit videos collection
Dates: 1979-present
Collection number: 05-DPGTL
Creator: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Collection Size: 27 shelves (81 linear feet).
Repository: Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archives.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Abstract: The LACMTA Transit Video Collection contains over 700 items in video format from the 1970's forward. Items come in a variety of video formats: VHS, Beta, 3/4 inch Umatic, and other commercial grade video.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Spanish

Access

Please contact the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archives for information on collection access and restrictions.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library collections.

Preferred Citation

LACMTA transit videos collection, 05-DPGTL. Dorothy Payton Grey Transportation Library.

Acquisition Information

The Transit Video Collection was started during the days of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) and has continued to grow through the years. Copies of in house productions are transferred from the Public Relations Department to the archive. Copies of non-MTA productions are provided by production companies to the archive.

Custodial History

Items in this collection have been in the continuous custody of the transit agency library and/or archive.

Processing Information

Collection has been developed and maintained by the agency libraries and archive. A Microsoft Excel worksheet has been used to maitain a running inventory of collection holdings.

Biography / Administrative History

The videos held in this collection were produced and/or collected by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its predecessor agencies. The Scope Content note provides more detail regarding the context of creation of these videos, which agency departments were involved, and out of which functions and activities they were produced.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Transit Video Collection contains over 700 items in video format from the 1970s forward. Items come in a variety of video formats: VHS, Beta, 3/4 inch Umatic, and other commercial grade video. The archive only has a VHS video player for viewing videos. Please contact the archive to discuss options for viewing non-VHS items.
Transit agencies represented in the collection include the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). The great majority of the collection was produced, shot, and edited by agency departments. In addition, some work was contracted out.
Items in the Transit Video collection can be grouped into three distinct logical series based upon the function or activity that generated them.
Communications: Much of the material was shot during the course of public relations or publicity functions that were the responsibility of the Communications, Press Relations, or Media Relations departments. Typically, these items include footage of ceremonies, milestone dates, accomplishments, speeches, panels, conferences, and other public events that document the agency's activities. Some items are of an advertising and/or public awareness nature and amount to full-blown programs, for example ad campaigns for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics or anti-graffiti campaigns in the late 1970's. Still other items are simply b-roll for broadcasters, i.e., images of a train or bus going by while the newscaster is doing a voiceover. Finally, some items contain overhead footage of rail rights of way for insurance purposes.
Training: Some material was meant for employee training and orientation. This material covers safety, operations, equipment, diversity, and other human resource issues, and thus are primarily the product of the Human Resources Department.
Private Production: The transportation agencies have also collected non-agency material such as local news clips that either features agency equipment or operations, or is transit related in some way. Radio TV Reports Inc. provided many of the news clips.

Arrangement

Items are arranged by a control number assigned by the library and archive. A complete listing of holdings is available from the archive.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Los Angeles County Transportation Commission.
Southern California Rapid Transit District.
Local Transit -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Transportation -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Public Relations -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Videotape cassettes.
Advertising -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Videotape cassettes.
Publicity -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Videotape cassettes.
Occupational training -- California -- Los Angeles County -- Videotape cassettes.