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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Watts Rebellion Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2019.010
    Physical Description: 6 boxes
    Physical Description: 19.33 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1942-2015; undated
    Abstract: This collection contains material related to the Watts Rebellion, the Watts neighborhood, Los Angeles during 1965, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and also includes material regarding race, rioting, civil rights, activism, and poverty. A majority of this collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles; and also includes photographs, reports, and other material.
    Language of Material: Collection material is in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    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

    [title of item] Watts Rebellion Collection, Courtesy of the Gerth Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Scope and Contents

    The Watts Rebellion Collection (1942-2015; undated) contains 19.33 linear feet of material mostly related to the Watts Rebellion that took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1965. Series One contains material related to the Watts Rebellion (Sub-Series A) and material related to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles (Sub-Series B) and includes newspapers; magazine articles; photographs; material collected from the CSUDH exhibit on the Watts Rebellion; images and a DVD regarding Wattstax; photographs and magazines regarding the Watts Summer Festival; and material related to the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). Series Two contains magazines, reports, programs, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to events and occurrences that took place in Los Angeles in 1965 (Sub-Series A); and photographs and newspaper articles covering the riots and aftermath that took place in 1992 (Sub-Series B). Series Three contains magazine and newspaper articles regarding race, rioting, segregation, poverty, and other related issues.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Watts Rebellion, also known as the Watts riots, took place from August 11-17, 1965 in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. At the time, it was the worst riot in the city's history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The riots started after an incident that took place on August 11, 1965 when Marquette Frye was pulled over and arrested for alleged reckless driving by a California Highway Patrol Officer. After Frye's arrest, tensions rose and the situation escalated between officers and the crowd that had gathered. Six days of civil unrest followed resulting in 34 deaths; 1,032 injuries; 3,438 arrests; and cost more than $40 million dollars in property damage.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Watts Riot, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965
    Rodney King Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992
    Race relations
    Riots – California – Los Angeles
    Los Angeles (Calif.)