Browse Exhibits (13 total)

Mel Weisburd Exhibit


The Ground Beneath Our Feet: A Hundred Years of Earthquakes in Los Angeles


The Ground Beneath Our Feet: A Hundred Years of Earthquakes in Los Angeles  an art exhibition of historical photographs that has been created in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times.  This exhibition has been co-sponsored by the JFK Library and the History Department at California State University, Los Angeles. The online exhibit features original photographs of earthquakes in the Los Angeles area from the Los Angeles Times Digital Archives. The chronological span of the exhibit is a little over a hundred years. We have chosen photographs that show the considerable material and human losses that our region has suffered during this period. But the exhibit also contains portraits of resilience that reflect the unique spirit of Los Angeles.

Holy City Adrift - Thomas McGrath's Los Angeles

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ABSW-GLA The Dr. Shirley Better Special Collection Virtual Exhibit


This virtual exhibit is presented by the Association of Black Social Workers of Greater Los Angeles and the University Library Special Collections and Archives.


Asian American Pacific Islander Oral History Project

The Asian American Pacific Islander Oral History Project (AAPIOHP) is a collaborative project that was created by Dr. Juily Phun of the Asian/Asian American Studies Department and processed by the University Library's Special Collections and Archives. 

Through an oral history elective, Cal State LA students learn about the interview process and ethical considerations of collecting life stories. They also participate in the transcription and indexing processes. 

Welcome LA Starts Here Resources Guide

The guide was developed as part of a collaborative partnership between La Plaza de Cultura Artes Les Navegantes Program and the Special Collections & Archives Department at California State University, Los Angeles. The Les Navegantes/Volunteer Program is centered on connecting the museums visitors with the Latina/o experience and the stories of Los Angeles from the past, present, and future. The guide provides specific resources related to the topics and themes presented in the LA Starts Here permeant exhibition at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The resources outlined in the guide are part of the Cal State LA University Library’s Collections. Through this collaborative partnership we not only aim to provide resources, but also provide research strategies and tools to help the navegantes with their research endeavors as part of the program. 

The Public Memory Project at Cal State Los Angeles Featuring Cal State LA Project Rebound & the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership

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Emerging from the collaborative work by Cal State Los Angeles Project Rebound & the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership in centering the stories of formerly incarcerated people in the spring 2021 virtual exhibition, Mervyn M. Dymally BridgeBuilder of Los Angeles, this public memory project seeks to amplify the voices of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women. This project serves as a foundation for an oral history collection that is focused solely on the lived experiences of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women through the collection of letters, art-work and ephemera.  

Otros Saberes: Digital Testimonios, Oral Histories, Micro Documentaries


The Digital Testimonios Micro-Documentary Project showcases student-created Micro-documentaries that blend personalized Testimonios and Oral history interviews to reveal the life experiences of underrepresented voices from the local community.Emerging from Dr. Lani Cupchoy's courses in Chicana(o) Latina(o) Studies and History, the project introduces non-film majors to the craft of documentary-digital storytelling through oral history and public history with attention to using everyday available technology to transform testimonios into a compelling and emotionally engaging format. Students engaged as active agents in culturally relevant and community responsive pedagogy that humanizes narratives within the legacy of Counter-Stories traditions. Micro-docs are five to ten (5-10) minutes long and encompass a wide range of topics including immigration, migrant life, intergenerational stories, first-generation students, race-ethnicity, labor-class issues, gender-sexuality, LGBTQIA+, identity politics, civil rights activism, social justice, etc. Recognizing the importance of community capacity building,local knowledge and community-generated information, these micro-docs demonstrate the passion and commitment students’ exhibit in constructing the visual culture of highly personal narratives relevant to their own life experiences.

Poster and Presentation Winners of the Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activities


This collection of posters represents an important collaboration between the University Library's Special Collections and Archives and the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (ORSCA) to document the winners of the Annual Student Symposium and celebrate the intellectual activities of our students. These posters have not only been made available to the public here but will be preserved long-term in the archives.

Established in Ink: Asian American Tattoos from the Streets to the Studio

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Not all stories are written down or spoken. Some stories are inscribed on bodies. “Established in Ink” is a visual storyboard about one way Asian Americans tell stories about themselves, their culture, and their aesthetics: on their skins. Though tattooing is a practice dating back thousands of years in multiple cultures and for multiple reasons. This process of storytelling begins in the studios of ink shops between the artist and their clients. "Established in Ink" showcases tattoos as a popular expression of art and storytelling within Asian America through the lens of artist Richard Vasak. This digital exhibit also tells a little about his story: from the streets to the studio.  

Richard Vasak, a world-renown tattoo artist is not your conventional storyteller. Richard was born in Los Angeles from Cambodian immigrants fleeing the violence of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s and the imperial wars in Vietnam and southeast Asia. As a young man growing up in Los Angeles, poverty and violence on the streets were struggles his family faced as one of a few Asian American families in the area. In his preteens, the Vasak family faced another daunting challenge. They had to rebuild after the Los Angeles Uprising in 1992. As the Los Angeles community protested over their frustrations with policing and racial violence with the culmination of the Rodney King trial, his father’s donut shop was one of the many buildings destroyed in the weeks of upheaval following the acquittal of police officers. Like many small Asian American business owners, his father did not have insurance for his shop. His family had to move into a small apartment in Alhambra to start all over again.

Like many in the larger community of Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees, poverty was a central feature of the family. This was especially so because families, with few resources, were struggling to establish themselves in a country that was both the cause of their migration and a source of their marginalized status. Their story, the Vasak family, is both illustrative and unique to the shifting Asian American demographics of the San Gabriel Valley. Families escaping the colonial wars in Southeast Asia were refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Resettled in the United States, families arrived and built a network of mutual aid and community through their own ingenuity and resources. Here, they built a new life.