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Register of the Mark Keats Photograph Collection, 1940s-1980
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mark Keats Photograph Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1940s-1980
    Collection number: PH 002
    Creator: Keats, Mark
    Extent: 1 1/3 cubic feet
    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
    Los Angeles, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles.  The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mark Keats Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles.


    The Mark Keats Photograph Collection consist of one and one-third cubic feet. Mark Keats, an amateur photographer and a long-time progressive took pictures of demonstrations, cultural, and social events in which progressives participated. The collection dates from the late 1940s to 1980. However, the bulk of the collection date from the 1960s. Keats active in the anti-war movement of the 1960s took pictures of some of the first anti-war demonstrations in Los Angeles (Artists of Los Angeles Organize Peace Tower on Sunset Strip. February 23, 1966. Also, see Pershing Square Peace Rally, March 23, 1966, Wilshire Blvd Peace March and City Hall Rally, April 6, 1968/April 6, 1969). Keats was on hand to take photographs of the first major peace march held in Washington, D.C. on November 27, 1965. Other photos taken in that era include photographs of the first Watts Festival (August 13, 1966), an historic event. The Watts Festival was started a year after the Watts Rebellion of 1965. It was an attempt by the City of Los Angeles to bring something meaningful to Watts after years of neglect.
    Interested in Jewish affairs, Mark Keats took photographs of certain aspects of Jewish life. There are photographs of the City Terrace Cultural Center (1948), Holocaust Memorial Simon Wiesenthal Center Opening (April 23, 1979), and protests against Soviet Anti-semitism.
    There are two files on Labor. The photographs are probably not taken by Mark Keats, but were found with his collection. Most of the photos are of conventions and meetings. There are a few photos of strikes.