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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • [History or Biography]
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Judson Grenier Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1870-1980
    Collection Number: "Consult repository."
    Collector: Grenier, Judson
    Extent: 4 boxes, [1.75 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room G-145
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: This collection consists of photographs used by Dr. Judson Grenier of California State Dominguez Hills for educational and research purposes. Photographs of paintings, dioramas, landscapes, and people depict the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area from its foundation through the 1980s.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], Judson Grenier Photograph Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were donated to the California State University Archives at California State University, Dominguez Hills in September 2007 by Dr. Judson Grenier. The majority of these photographs were gathered for teaching purposes and research use. Some photographs and images are published in A Guide to Historic Places in Los Angeles County (Kendall/Hunt, 1978) by the History Team of the City of Los Angeles American Revolution Bicentennial Committee. Some of the photos were taken personally by Dr. Judson Grenier. Many of the historical photos were donated to the Bicentennial Guide project. As for the historic locations in South Central Los Angeles, these photographs were donated by historian/librarian Miriam Matthews. On behalf of the locations depicted, members of the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County contributed with donations as well. Most of the color photographs were taken by Dr. Grenier for the 18-minute film Pueblo of Promise shown in the Sepulveda House Visitor’s Center Downtown Los Angeles. Additional photographs within this collection attributed to other institutions should contact those institutions directly for duplicates.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Veronica D’Aquino, 2008.

    [History or Biography]

    Judson A. Grenier was born in Indiana in 1930. He received his bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and his masters a year later from the University of California. In 1956 he began teaching at El Camino College in Torrance, California, while pursuing his doctorate in history at UCLA. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Grenier joined the original faculty of CSC Dominguez Hills in 1966 during its inception period. At Dominguez Hills, he served as first chairman of the history department and as a representative member of the college on the state academic senate. Dr. Grenier has been a consultant for many cities and school districts in Los Angeles County. Dr. Grenier is also a research associate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and his works and contributions have been published in history books, historical societies serials, and journals such as California History, the Southern California Quarterly , and Manhattan Beach historical series publications. Among his many honors, he received the CSUDH University Advisory Board’s Distinguished Community Service Award.

    Scope and Content

    The materials of this collection contain primarily photographs depicting general city views of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area: residences, buildings, parks, universities, museums, points of historic interest as well as events and scenes from every day life to the1980s. Many of these photos were either published in A Guide to Historic Places in Los Angeles County (Kendall/Hunt, c1978) and the Manhattan Beach historical series publication , or belong to Dr. Grenier’s academic project African American Related Sites & Images while additional images were used for the 18-minute film Pueblo of Promise, which can be seen at the Sepulveda House Visitor’s Center, in Downtown Los Angeles. A majority of the collection includes 8” x 10” black and white photographs, but also includes color photos, colorized cards, and oversize prints.
    This collection has been organized into four series according to Dr. Grenier’s publications and intellectual contributions and one additional series which gathers oversized prints and miscellaneous items.


    Indexing Terms


    Historic sites—California—Los Angeles County
    Dwellings—California—Los Angeles County
    Buildings—California—Los Angeles County
    Parks—California—Los Angeles County
    City and town life—California—Los Angeles County

    Personal Names

    Grenier, Judson

    Geographic Terms

    Beverly Hills (Calif.)
    Compton (Calif.)
    Covina (Calif.)
    East Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Glendale (Calif.)
    Lomita (Calif.)
    Long Beach (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Manhattan Beach (Calif.)
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)
    Pasadena (Calif.)
    Pico Canyon (Calif.)
    Pomona (Calif.)
    Redondo Beach (Calif.)
    San Bernardino (Calif.)
    San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)
    Santa Monica (Calif.)
    Terminal Island (Calif.)
    Torrance (Calif.)
    Whittier (Calif.)


    The following work was used in the creation of this finding aid:
    Grenier, Judson, California legacy : the James Alexander Watson—Maria Dolores Dominguez de Watson family 1820-1980 . Los Angeles: Watson Land Company, 1987.