Special Collections

There are more than 150 collections given by generous donors that are kept intact in the Archives. These range from the papers of individuals to those of organizations and businesses.

Visitors are welcome to view a list of our Special Collections, as of June 2014. Please note that collections that were recently received or that have not yet been processed are not on the list, and may not be available to researchers yet. We are working on adding the individual finding aids for each collection onto the website. Twenty-four of the finding aids are available through the Online Archives of California website, including an index of the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers, which documents the activities of the family over four generations.


PMH's Black History Collection had been digitized by the USC Imaging & Media Lab to be made available online, and hundreds of records are available on the site. This number will continue to grow in the coming months as USC continues to upload the digitized artifacts in groups. To view all of the photos that have been uploaded, visit http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/digital/collection/p15799coll118
This digitization project is part of a generous digitization grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the University of Southern California’s L.A. as Subject Community Histories Digitization Project. The project adds to the visibility of collections that document underrepresented community histories.