Finding aid prepared by Robert Bush
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce Collection
Dates: 1950-2004
Collection Number: Consult repository
Extent: 13 boxes 4.5 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) 243-3895
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 from 1950 to 2004.
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], Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

Processing Information

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


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 Content

The collection 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.


Arranged by folder

Indexing Terms


Boards of trade
Chambers of commerce
Motorcycle racing

Personal Names

Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998
Bush, George, 1924-
Hahn, Kenneth
Meese, Edwin
Weinberger, Caspar W.
Wilson, Pete, 1933-

Corporate Names

Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce

Geographic Areas

Gardena (Calif.)
Los Angeles County (Calif.)





Related Material

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Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce Collection

Physical Description: 4.5 linear feet [13 boxes]

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of scrapbooks, documents, photographs, and other material compiled, produced, or acquired by the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce between 1950 and 2004. Minutes are arranged in their original chronological order. Where dates are known, other materials are arranged in chronological order by year. Photographs are arranged by album, subject, or year.
Box 1, Folder 1

Scrapbook 1963-1964

Box 1, Folder 2

Scrapbook 1967

Box 1, Folder 3

"Scrapbook 1967-1968" Part 1 of 4 1967 January-August

Box 1, Folder 4

"Scrapbook 1967-1968" Part 2 of 4 1967 August-December

Box 1, Folder 5

"Scrapbook 1967-1968" Part 3 of 4 1968 January-June

Box 1, Folder 6

"Scrapbook 1967-1968" Part 4 of 4 1968 July-December

Box 1, Folder 7

Scrapbook pages 1969

Box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook "Santa's House" Part 1 of 2 1970 August-December

Box 2, Folder 2

Scrapbook "Santa's House" Part 2 of 2 1970 December-1971 December

Box 2, Folder 3

"Scrapbook 1970-1971" Part 1 of 3 1970 July-December

Box 2, Folder 4

"Scrapbook 1970-1971" Part 2 of 3 1971 January-March

Box 2, Folder 5

"Scrapbook 1970-1971" Part 3 of 3 1971 April-June

Box 3, Folder 1

"Scrapbook 1971-1972" Part 1 of 2 1971 July-December

Box 3, Folder 2

"Scrapbook 1971-1972" Part 2 of 2 1972 January-June

Box 3, Folder 3

"Scrapbook 1972-1973" Part 1 of 2 1972 July-December

Box 3, Folder 4

"Scrapbook 1972-1973" Part 2 of 2 1973 January-June

Box 3, Folder 5

Scrapbook 1973 June-1974 June

Box 4, Folder 1

Scrapbook 1976 June-1977 June

Box 4, Folder 2

Scrapbook 1977 June-1978 June

Box 4, Folder 3

"Scrapbook 1980-1981" Part 1 of 2 1980 June-December

Box 4, Folder 4

"Scrapbook 1980-1981" Part 2 of 2 1981 January-June

Box 4, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings 1984

Box 5, Folder 1

Newspapers, Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Supplement 1977-1978

Box 5, Folder 2

Commemorative Newspapers, Gardena Valley Directory 1979-1985

Box 5, Folder 3

Gardena Valley Business Life 1979

Box 5, Folder 4

Gardena Valley Business Life 1980-1985

Box 5, Folder 5

Gardena Valley Business Life 1986-1989

Box 5, Folder 6

Gardena Valley Business Life 1990-1993

Box 5, Folder 7

Photograph-Gardena Civic Center, Telephone Directory Cover, Photo Collage

Box 5, Folder 8

Photographs-Gardena Tournament of Roses Floats 1955, 1956, 1959

Box 6, Folder 1

Roll Calls, Organizational Charts, Minutes 1971-1976

Box 6, Folder 2

Minutes, Proposed Budgets 1968-1976

Box 6, Folder 3

Presidents' Resumes

Box 6, Folder 4

Hollypark Development Information, Contact Lists, Correspondence, Historical Summaries 1954-1976

Box 6, Folder 5

Annual Reports 1969-1971

Box 6, Folder 6

Gardena-Economic Profile, Election Results, Fact Sheets, Demographics 1982-1999

Box 6, Folder 7

Certificates 1997-1998

Box 6, Folder 8


Box 6, Folder 9

Scrapbook-California Historical Scenes/Gardena Church of Christ Scientist

Box 7, Folder 1

Plaque-South Bay Area Telephone Directory Cover

Box 7, Folder 2

Plaque-Walter Klasse Perpetual Ambassador of the Year Award 1976-1995

Box 7, Folder 3

Plaque-Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Commemoration 1983

Box 7, Folder 4

Plaque-Hall of Fame 1982-1985

Box 7, Folder 5

Flag-City of Gardena

Box 8, Folder 1

VHS Videocassettes-Gardena Chamber of Commerce Television Show 2003-2004

Box 8, Folder 2

VHS Videocassettes-Normandie Casino, Gardena State of the City Address, Business Person of the Year 2004

Box 9, Folder 1

Photographs-Chamber of Commerce Presidents 1950-1959

Box 9, Folder 2

Photographs-Chamber of Commerce Presidents 1960-1969

Box 9, Folder 3

Photographs-Chamber of Commerce Presidents 1970-1979

Box 9, Folder 4

Photographs-Chamber of Commerce Presidents 1980-1989

Box 9, Folder 5

Photographs-Chamber of Commerce Presidents 1990-1996

Box 9, Folder 6

Photographs-Past Presidents

Box 9, Folder 7

Photographs-Board of Directors

Box 10, Folder

Photographs-Dated Events 1960s-2000s

Box 11, Folder

Photographs-Undated Events 1950-1959

Box 12, Folder 1

Photographs-Gardena Expo 1971

Box 12, Folder 2

Photographs-Gold Cup Motorcycle Races

Box 12, Folder 3

Photographs-Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournaments

Box 12, Folder 4


Box 12, Folder 5

"Old Gardena Valley News Pictures"

Box 13, Folder 1

Photographs-Business Openings/New Members 1960s

Box 13, Folder 2

Photographs-Business Openings/New Members 1980s

Box 13, Folder 3

Photographs-Business Openings/New Members 1990s

Box 13, Folder 4

Photographs-Business Openings/New Members 2000

Box 13, Folder 5

Photographs-Business Openings/New Members 2001

Box 13, Folder 6

Photographs-Undated Business Openings/New Members

Box 13, Folder 7

Photographs-Area Sites

Box 13, Folder 8

Photographs-Hustler Casino Construction 1999-2000

Box 13, Folder 9

Sign-"Gardena All-America City" (removed to map case)

Box 13, Folder 10

Large circular wooden wall hanging with Chamber of Commerce logo (stored separately)