The collection consists of color and black and white photographs, negatives, postcard-backed photos, and tin-types. Subjects
of the photographs include people, businesses, churches, houses, schools, farming, transportation, and natural disasters.
Communities covered in this collection include Compton, Torrance, Carson, Dominguez, Redondo Beach, Lynwood, Lakewood, San
Pedro, Wilmington, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The South Bay Photos Collection was created from the photographs originally collected in the Compton History Collection, the
Heritage House Collection, and the South Bay History Collection. Many of the photos are assumed to be from the collections
of Robert Gillingham and other local historians of Compton and the South Bay. These photographs were then arranged to parallel
the South Bay History and Compton History Collections.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.