The Mark Keats Photograph Collection consist of one and one-third cubic feet. Mark Keats, an amateur photographer and a long-time
progressive took pictures of demonstrations, cultural, and social events in which progressives participated. The collection
dates from the late 1940s to 1980. However, the bulk of the collection date from the 1960s. Keats active in the anti-war movement
of the 1960s took pictures of some of the first anti-war demonstrations in Los Angeles (Artists of Los Angeles Organize Peace Tower on Sunset Strip. February 23, 1966. Also, see Pershing Square Peace Rally, March 23, 1966, Wilshire Blvd Peace March and City Hall Rally, April 6, 1968/April 6, 1969). Keats was on hand to take photographs of the first major peace march held in Washington, D.C.
on November 27, 1965. Other photos taken in that era include photographs of the first Watts Festival (August 13, 1966), an historic event. The Watts Festival was started a year after the Watts Rebellion of 1965. It was an attempt
by the City of Los Angeles to bring something meaningful to Watts after years of neglect.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for
Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any
portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be
allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's
director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from
a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies
and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the
physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles.
The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged
to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.