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.
Silver Lake Terrace promotional pamphlet
12020-09-30T15:38:59-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e310112Pamphlet touting the benefits of living in Silver Lake Terrace, one of the many new and vigorously promoted subdivisions that popped up throughout Southern California during the real estate boom of the 1920s.“‘Where have I been that I did not know of this beautiful locality?’ is the question that comes involuntarily from scores of people who visit Silver Lake Terrace.”plain2020-10-12T14:06:32-07:0001/01/1920-12/31/1929Los Angeles Public Library, History and Genealogy DepartmentCopyright has not been assigned to the Los Angeles Public Library, History and Genealogy Department.Silver Lake Terrace promotional pamphlet, California Index, Los Angeles Public Library, History & Genealogy DepartmentLos Angeles, Calif.BIHR &White, Sales ManagersCurtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e
1term2020-10-05T17:30:34-07:00Suzanne Noruschatd5b4fb9efb1f1d6e4833d051ebc06907bb9dba64Los Angeles Public Library, History and Genealogy DepartmentLikhita Suresh4The History and Genealogy Department of the Los Angeles Public Library maintains a variety of resources related to the history of Los Angeles. The History Collection includes hundreds of books related to social, cultural and political aspects of Los Angeles’ storied history; the department also maintains both the California Subject and Biography Indexes, retrospective databases indexing selected citations from newspapers, magazines, and books about Los Angeles events, landmarks and historical players throughout the city’s past. The Map Collection features historic street guides of Los Angeles, historic maps of Los Angeles on aperture cards, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of California cities, United States Geological Survey topographical maps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nautical charts. http://www.lapl.org/central/history.htmlstructured_gallery2020-10-09T12:24:03-07:00Likhita Sureshfa36a2f3506609c5e2c064df653783c84fd35c54
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12020-08-24T18:12:11-07:00Migration to Los Angeles in Pursuit of Health and Happiness35structured_gallery2020-10-12T15:57:51-07:00What do we all want most in life? To be happy, right? According to Merriam Webster dictionary happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. Some of the things that can bring such a state are good health, better economic and job opportunity, safety and security, religious and political liberty, and better standard of living. Most of these things also happen to be the motives for migration.
Migration is supposedly voluntary. However, there is a history of involuntary migration. The original 44 multiracial settlers of Los Angeles were most probably forced to migrate to the newly found El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles in 1781. In 20th century, Japanese American were evacuated and incarcerated during the WWII. Soon after as they were returning home to Los Angeles, in the early 1950s hundreds of Mexican American families were evicted from Chavez Ravine to build affordable housing for the poor that never actually happened.
However, for the most part people migrated here because Los Angeles was a very desirable city. After the independence of Mexico from Spain in 1821, Los Angeles attracted people from parts of Mexico, America, and Europe. Los Angeles started gaining importance. By 1841 the population in this pueblo had almost tripled to 1680. 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 chilled 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 California dream.