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Creating Maps with HistoryPin

Create interactive digital maps with pinned archival or open web images, video, and text. Digital maps; digital tours; digital collections. Great for class and group assignments.

Free, Open Images Online

Library Database: Images, Letters, and More

LA Times Archives

Primary Sources Help Guide

Using Cal State LA SCA

SCA materials are available for research by students, staff, and faculty, as well as the general public. We highly encourage scheduling a research appointment 1-week in advance, but walk-ins may be accommodated depending on the materials requested. There are currently three ways to search for SCA materials:


You can use the library search system - OneSearch to find Special Collections and archival materials.

Use a Keyword search then limit your search in the Refine my Results section located on the right-hand side of the webpage. 

Scroll down to Location and select Special Collections.

In the list of results, you will notice the format type of materials located in SCA such as Books and Archival Materials. Archival materials refer to manuscript items, which include unpublished materials suck as letters, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, textiles, ephemera, etc.

Online Archive of California (OAC)

OAC is a database that makes primary source materials accessible such as manuscripts, photographs, and works held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California. 

Cal State LA Digital Repository 

The digital archive collects and provides access to the research and resources for students, faculty, and staff of the Cal State LA Community.

Access to the Collection

As part of our commitment to research, teaching, and creative scholarship, Cal State LA SCA offers a series of academic support services ranging from research appointments and consultations to instruction sessions and tours. 

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300