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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: South Bay Photo Collection
    Dates: circa 1880-1967
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Collector: California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Extent: 520 photos 7 linear feet 10 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 consists of color and black and white photographs, negatives, postcard-backed photos, and tin-types. Subjects of the photographs include people, businesses, churches, houses, schools, farming, transportation, and natural disasters. Communities covered in this collection include Compton, Torrance, Carson, Dominguez, Redondo Beach, Lynwood, Lakewood, San Pedro, Wilmington, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
    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 Photo Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Photos were acquired over many years through donations and collecting by Archives staff.


    The South Bay Photos Collection was created from the photographs originally collected in the Compton History Collection, the Heritage House Collection, and the South Bay History Collection. Many of the photos are assumed to be from the collections of Robert Gillingham and other local historians of Compton and the South Bay. These photographs were then arranged to parallel the South Bay History and Compton History Collections.
    The South Bay is defined in this collection 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

    The collection covers all areas of the South Bay, as well as communities in the Los Angeles area, including Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica, and downtown Los Angeles. A majority of the photos 5x7 or 8x10 in black and white. Many of the photographs of people are professional portraits, including two tin-types. Most of the negatives have been created from the photographs and are not original film. All of the aerial photos were shot professionally, the second set being created by Pacific Air Industries.


    The collection has been organized into 12 series:
    • Series I. Carson, circa 1944
    • Series II. Compton, circa 1880-1967
    • Series III. Dominguez, no dates
    • Series IV. Lakewood, 1945
    • Series V. Lynwood, 1913, 1921, 1926, 1928
    • Series VI. Palos Verdes, circa 1920s, no date
    • Series VII. Redondo Beach, circa 1880-1925
    • Series VIII. Regional, 1932-1959
    • Series IX. San Pedro, 1883-1932
    • Series X. Terminal Island, 1933
    • Series XI. Torrance, 1902, 1910, 1924
    • Series XII. Wilmington, circa 1880s, no date

    Indexing Terms

    Geographic Areas

    Carson (Calif.)
    Compton (Calif.)
    Dominguez Hills (Calif.)
    Lakewood (Calif.)
    Lynwood (Calif.)
    Long Beach (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)
    Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Terminal Island (Calif.)
    Torrance (Calif.)
    Wilmington (Calif.)


    Agriculture--Farm Produce
    Earthquake damages
    Methodist Church--Buildings
    Public schools--California--Compton
    Public buildings--California--Compton

    Related Collections

    • Compton History Collection
    • Heritage House Collection
    • Robert C. Gillingham Working Papers Collection
    • South Bay History Collection