Multimedia Archives

Multimedia Archives

The following archives contain a variety of media: visual (photographs-print and digitized, video and DVD), manuscript and print, material (artifacts and art collections). They include edited, unedited, as well ephemera (menus, programs, etc.).

Italian Oral History Institute Archives: The IOHI Archive contains a variety of media (audio and videotapes, photographs, slides, student papers, radio programs, and more) on the local Italian community, as well as ethnographic materials from field research in Italy, Canada and California, and materials related to its own conferences and festivals. Some are digitized. Since the IOHIŪs closing in 2007, its collections are now housed in the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive: See: COLLECTIONS, Sound Recordings

Historic Italian Hall: A major document and artifact-gathering campaign began in the mid-1990s, and was connected to the preservation of Italian Hall (El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument). The collecting campaign continues and solicits: photographs, personal belongings, legal records, personal records, oral histories and biographies, homemaking items, and materials relating to art and music, motion pictures and theatre, military experience, sports and amusement, clubs and organizations, religion and culture, labor, business, and the professions. For updates on collections, see: For donation inquiries contact: Marianna Gatto at (213) 485-8432 or

St. Peter's Italian Church
1039 No. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel. (323) 225-8119

Church papers include records of marriages, burials, and baptisms. The Centennial Celebrations in 2004 included a special project, the Historical-Tribute Book of St. Peter's Italian Church. Societies, members, and organizations were encouraged to submit memories and testimonials to be included in the book.

Americans in the West Project
c/o Library of Congress
American Folklife Center
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4610
Tel: (202) 707-5510
Fax: (202) 707-2076

Library of Congress žAmericans in the WestÓ Project materials (fieldnotes, sound recordings, photographs, videos), resulting in the publication: Old Ties, New Attachments: Italian-American Folklife in the West (Studies in American Folklife, No 5), by David A. Taylor, John Alexander Williams, Washington: Library of Congress, 1992.

Members of research team researching the local community were: Doug Di Natale and David Taylor, Frank Russell, Paola Tavarelli; Archive includes fieldnotes and tapes)

Italians in the Gold Rush and Beyond:
Digital Archive at:

Comprehensive database on Italians in North America from the Gold Rush to the present.

Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments (SPACES)
1802 N. Van Ness
Los Angeles CA 90028
Tel: (323) 463-1629

Seymour Rosen, owner/curator of SPACES, founded this nonprofit organization devoted to large-scale public art pieces, such as Sabato (Simon) Rodia's Towers in Watts (See: [url=index.php?8&227]ART AND ARCHITECTURE, Folk Art & Architecture[/URL].) SPACES has an excellent collection of material on the Towers including an extensive database of books, articles, aand performance pieces (operas, music, theatre) about the Towers.

Of related interest:

San Antonio Winery Archives: (See: [url=index.php?71&178]FOOD & RESTAURANT, Winemaking[/URL])

Society of California Archivists (SCA):

SCA soon will be publishing the Fifth Edition of the Directory of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in California. Both a print and online version will be made available.

L.A. As Subject:

"Hosted by the USC Libraries, L.A. as Subject is an alliance of research archives, libraries, and collections dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region. L.A. as Subject is working to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access to them for students, researchers, K-12 educators, and everyone else with a stake in Southern California history. L.A. as Subject promotes tools and mentoring to help its members with everything from preserving and cataloging materials in their collections to fundraising and public outreach.Ó L.A. as Subject organizes an annual Archives Bazaar, bimonthly Archives Forum, and publishes an online directory of 288 local archives.

The LA As Subject Project lists 16 entries under keyword: "Italian" and they are:

1. Italian Oral History Institute
2. University of California, Los Angeles, Young Research Library, Department of Special Collections
3. Getty Research Institute, Research Library
4.Studio for Southern California History
5. California State University, Northridge, University Library, Special Collections
6. Virginia Robinson Gardens<>br 7. Museum of Contemporary Art
8. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, DDoris Stein Research Center for Costumes and Textiles
9. Armenian Numismatic Society
10. Museum of Television & Radio
11. Autry National Center Institute for the Study of the American West
12. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mr. & Mrs. Allan C. Balch Research Library
13. Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archival Center
14. Craft and Folk Art Museum Edith R. Wyle Research Library Collection
15. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, West Coast Regional Center
16. Western Costume Company