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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: South Bay History Collection
    Dates: 1923-2005
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Collector: California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Extent: 6.75 linear feet (7 boxes)
    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://archives.csudh.edu/
    Abstract: The collection includes of brochures, flyers, newsletters, directories, reports, papers, newspapers, and newsclippings related to the communities of Carson, Davidson City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Terminal Island, Torrance, Wilmington, and Los Angeles. Subjects include historic preservation, municipal records, tourism, commerce, and transportation.
    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], South Bay History Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Materials in this collection were collected by archives staff and members of the community. It is a growing collection.

    Processing Information

    This collection was originally processed in the 1980s by archival staff.

    Project Information

    This finding aid was created as part of Early Los Angeles/Rancho San Pedro Manuscript Cataloging Project, a CSU Dominguez Hills Library project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2005. Project Director was Greg Williams. Project Archivists were Thomas Philo and Jennifer Allan Goldman.


    The South Bay History Collection is an artificial collection created by the archives to house materials relating to the history of the South Bay. Materials in this collection were donated by local historians, the University Library, and archival staff.
    In this collection, the South Bay is defined as the area south of the Los Angeles International Airport and the Glenn Anderson Freeway (CA 105) and west of the San Gabriel River Freeway (CA 605). Generally, the cities in this collection are within the borders of the Rancho San Pedro land grant, made in 1784.

    Scope and Content

    Materials in this collection include reports, flyers, municipal publications and records, histories, pieces from historical societies, reports, newsletters, calendars, and newspapers. These have been organized alphabetically by city. Cities with a large amount of material were further organized into subseries and sub-subseries. The Oversize materials are in a separate series, arranged to match the series order of the collection.


    Arranged in 17 series:
    • Series I. Carson, 1963-2001
    • Series II. Davidson City, no date
    • Series III. Gardena, 1958-1998
    • Series IV. Hawthorne, no date
    • Series V. Lakewood, 1990-1992
    • Series VI. Lawndale, 1992-1993
    • Series VII. Lomita, 1990-1991
    • Series VIII. Long Beach, 1986, 1996
    • Series IX. Lynwood, 1940
    • Series X. Manhattan Beach, 1992-1993
    • Series XI. Palos Verdes, 1965-1993
    • Series XII. Redondo Beach, 1980-1992
    • Series XIII. San Pedro, 1976-1988
    • Series XIV. Terminal Island, 1959-1965
    • Series XV. Torrance, 1931-2005
    • Series XVI. Wilmington, 1965-1992
    • Series XVII. Regional, 1938-1994
    • Series XVIII. Oversize 1923-1989

    Indexing Terms


    Public transit
    Guided light transit

    Corporate Names

    California State University, Dominguez Hills


    Poulson, Norris, 1895-1982

    Geographic Areas

    Carson (Calif.)
    Davidson City (Calif.)
    Gardena (Calif.)
    Hawthorne (Calif.)
    Lakewood (Calif.)
    Lawndale (Calif.)
    Lomita (Calif.)
    Long Beach (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Lynwood (Calif.)
    Manhattan Beach (Calif.)
    Palos Verdes (Calif.)
    Redondo Beach (Calif.)
    San Pedro (Calif.)
    Long Beach Harbor (Calif.)
    Terminal Island (Calif.)
    Torrance (Calif.)
    Wilmington (Calif.)

    Related Material

    • Compton History Collection
    • Dominguez Air Meet Collection
    • Heritage House Collection
    • Robert C. Gillingham Working Papers Collection
    • South Bay Photo Collection (includes Compton photos)