When I Think of Home: Images from L.A. ArchivesMain MenuIntroductionThe greater Los Angeles area is on the traditional lands of the Gabrielino/Tongva, Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam and Yuhaaviatam/Maarenga’yam (Serrano) peoples. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water and to their ancestors.L.A. FirstsMigration to Los Angeles in Pursuit of Health and HappinessThe Community and Cultural Enclaves of L.A.Los Angeles Architecture and LandscapesHistoric Home MuseumsContributorsChronologyMapping the ExhibitAcknowledgementsWhen I Think of Home: Images from L.A. Archives is the first digital History Keepers exhibit produced for the annual Archives Bazaar and would not have been possible without the collaboration of LAAS members and Archive Bazaar Exhibit subcommittee members.
Crowd watching structural resting of Watts Tower, 1959
12020-09-30T15:38:59-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e310112A crowd of neighborhood locals watch as the Rodia towers are being prepared for a structural test to prove whether they should be allowed to stand or be torn down. The test was devised by engineer Bud Goldstone and the results refuted the City's claim that they were hazardous to passersby and saved them from demolition.plain2020-10-12T10:29:01-07:0010/10/1959Los Angeles City ArchivesNo Copyright- in public domain33.9388598,-118.2419477Crowd Watching Structural Testing of Watts Towers October 10.1959 - Los Angeles City ArchivesLos Angeles, Calif.Los Angeles Building & Safety DepartmentCurtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e
12020-08-24T18:13:17-07:00Suzanne Noruschatd5b4fb9efb1f1d6e4833d051ebc06907bb9dba64The Community and Cultural Enclaves of L.A.Anuja Navare24structured_gallery2020-10-14T10:40:49-07:00Anuja Navare619d973337c5e8c06c8c003b798b149be77db996
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1term2020-10-05T17:21:50-07:00Suzanne Noruschatd5b4fb9efb1f1d6e4833d051ebc06907bb9dba64Los Angeles City ArchivesLikhita Suresh3In the Los Angeles City Archives are the official municipal government records of the City of Los Angeles, including city council files, city ordinances, and city council minutes. The archives also contain the records of cities that have consolidated with Los Angeles and are now considered communities. https://clerk.lacity.org/city-archives-and-records-centerstructured_gallery2020-10-09T12:22:32-07:00Likhita Sureshfa36a2f3506609c5e2c064df653783c84fd35c54
Los Angeles County is home to 10 million people and hundreds of cities, communities, and neighborhoods. Los Angeles is also known as one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States, which is reflected in its many cultural enclaves and communities.
The earliest of Los Angeles enclaves include Chinatown, Frenchtown, Greek Town, Little Italy, Little Tokyo, and Sonoratown. Only Chinatown and Little Tokyo exist today. The second wave of ethnic enclaves in Los Angeles began following the 1968 enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It ended an immigration-admissionspolicy based on race and ethnicity, and gave rise to large-scale immigration, both legal and unauthorized. The enclaves are products of both historical racial discrimination and self-segregation driven by mutual, ethnically specific interests. Ethnic enclaves provide protection from hostile elements in society, aid in the retention of cultural norms (including language), and offer immigrants economic opportunities such as employment and business ownership.
One of the communities featured in the exhibit include the city of Watts and its famous Watts Towers. The artist Simon Rodia titled the structural art piece, “Nuestro Pueblo,” meaning “Our Town.”Los Angeles has myriad communities including LGBTQ, activist groups, campus communities, and women’s groups. These diverse communities and cultural enclaves that make up Los Angeles have a long history striving for acceptance, equality, and empowerment. Explore the items on display to catch a glimpse of the significant events and communities of Los Angeles.