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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce Collection
    Creator: Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2015.003
    Physical Description: 13 boxes
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1888-2004; undated
    Date (bulk): 1960-1990
    Abstract: The collection consists of scrapbooks, documents, publications, photographs, videotapes, and other material related to the history and activities of the Gardena, California, Chamber of Commerce.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection, except where notated at file-level.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Robert Bush in March of 2016.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

    Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce History

    The Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on April 29, 1933, three years after the creation of the City of Gardena, California. The Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose volunteer membership includes businesses, civic leaders, and government officials from the Gardena Valley area, which is located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.
    In its early years, the chamber's main concerns were supporting civic improvements, such as paved streets, street lighting, a sewer system, and gas and electricity. Its primary function historically has been to further the interests of local businesses through promotion, the sponsorship of community events, and engagement on legislative issues.

    Scope and Contents

    The Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce Collection (1888-2004; undated) contains 13 boxes and 4.5 linear feet of material that documents the evolution of the business community in Gardena. It consists of scrapbooks, minutes, official records, publications, photographs, and awards documenting the organization's history and activities. Chronological scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and memorabilia. Publications in the collection include commemorative newspapers, a local business directory, and editions of the chamber's official publication, "Gardena Valley Business Life". Documents include board minutes, organizational charts, annual reports, correspondence, and economic and demographic profiles of the City of Gardena. An extensive collection of photographs documents Chamber of Commerce officers and members, including official photographs of the organization's presidents and board members. Also documented are organizational activities, local business openings, and local and area sites. Local, state, and national dignitaries pictured in the collection include Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, Los Angeles County supervisor Kenneth Hahn, California Governor Pete Wilson, United States Attorney General Edwin Meese, United States Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and President George H. W. Bush. Individual albums include images of the 1971 Gardena Expo, the Gold Cup motorcycle races held at local race promoter J. C. Agajanian's Ascot Park race track, and the construction of the Hustler Casino. A small collection of VHS videocassettes containing episodes of a Chamber of Commerce television show and other locally broadcast events is also included.

    Separated Materials

    oversized materials are stored separately from the rest of the collection.

    Related Materials

    For related material please see: City of Gardena Collection; Gardena Valley News; Donald Greaton Gardena Collection; and James H. Osborne Gardena Photograph Collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Boards of trade
    Motorcycles, Racing
    Chambers of Commerce
    Gardena (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)
    Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998
    Bush, George, 1924-2018
    Hahn, Kenneth
    Meese, Edwin
    Weinberger, Caspar W.
    Wilson, Pete, 1933-