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.
Hoy Marchamos Mañana Votamos (Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote), 2006
12020-09-30T15:38:54-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e310112Los Angeles is home to millions of migrants and immigrants, many of whom are undocumented. A photograph of the March 25, 2006 demonstration for immigrant rights—the largest demonstration in California history with more than one million participants—promoted the May 1, 2006 immigrant rights march, attended by approximately 500,000. It opposed HR 4437, The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (passed in the House, defeated in the Senate).plain2020-10-11T19:54:11-07:002006Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)In CopyrightHoy Marchamos Mañana Votamos, Today We March Tomorrow We Vote, Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), Hermanidad Mexicana Latinoamericana, offset, 2006, Los Angeles, CA, Collection of the Center for the Study of Political GraphicsLos Angeles, Calif.Mexican American Political Association (MAPA); Hermanidad Mexicana LatinoamericanaStella Castillo3fcfe63ebb36641784421d25ab3a77ed9ea98855
1term2020-10-05T17:20:14-07:00Suzanne Noruschatd5b4fb9efb1f1d6e4833d051ebc06907bb9dba64Center for the Study of Political GraphicsLikhita Suresh4The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is an educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents, and exhibits domestic and international poster art. The Center’s domestic and international collection of more than 90,000 political posters dates from the early 20th century to the present, and includes the largest collection of post World War II political posters in the United States. The posters are produced in a variety of artistic mediums— offset, silk screen, lithography, woodblock, linocut, stencil, photocopy, and computer-generated prints. The collection is focused on international, domestic, and Los Angeles-specific human rights issues, with an emphasis on progressive movements in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Poster topics include the women’s movement, racism, peace, apartheid, labor, liberation theology, AIDS, gay and lesbian rights, immigrants’ rights, children’s rights, and ecology. Between one and two thousand posters are acquired annually, primarily through donation. Approximately half of these are given by collectors in Los Angeles and reflect the diverse political interests of the donors. This has yielded a collection that, in part, documents important but often underrepresented aspects of local history and life in the Los Angeles area. The collection contains approximately three thousand human rights and protest posters produced in Los Angeles from 1965 to the present. The earliest of these came out of the Watts Uprising of 1965, while the more recent posters not only reflect prevailing concerns but commemorate older events, such as the U.S. government’s internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Altogether, the posters illustrate the commitment of many Los Angeles-based artists, organizations, and individuals to a variety of social and political issues over the last five decades. http://www.politicalgraphics.org/structured_gallery2020-10-09T11:57:26-07:00Likhita Sureshfa36a2f3506609c5e2c064df653783c84fd35c54
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12020-08-24T18:12:11-07:00Migration to Los Angeles in Pursuit of Health and Happiness55structured_gallery2020-10-16T16:54:41-07:00What do we all want most in life? To be happy, right? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. Some things that may produce such a state are good health, better economic prospects and job opportunities, safety and security, religious and political liberty, and a better standard of living. Most of these things also happen to be the motives for migration.
It must be noted that Los Angeles has a history of involuntary migration going back to the original 44 multiracial settlers who were likely forced to migrate to the newly founded El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles in 1781. In the 20th Century, Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II and Mexican American families were evicted from Chavez Ravine in the 1950s to make way for affordable housing that never materialized.
For the most part, however, people have migrated to Los Angeles because of its desirability. Los Angeles began gaining importance after the independence of Mexico from Spain in 1821 and attracted people from parts of Mexico, America, and Europe. With the arrival of the Santa Fe railroad in 1885, migration was at a full gallop as real estate developers, railroad companies, and other commercial interests advertised Los Angeles as a land of sunshine and temperate climate. Wealthy Easterners and Midwesterners coming to spend winters here found themselves in love with Los Angeles, started building residences, and made the city their home. People also believed that this climate could cure chronic diseases, like consumption, and flocked to the sanitariums that cropped up in Southern California in the late 19th and early 20th century.
People continued to migrate throughout the 20th century for sunshine, temperate climate, and job opportunities in film, oil, automobile, and airplane industry, and a piece of the California dream.