Our Archives is a repository of local transportation history. The collection contains over 20,000 photographs, as well as films, audio tapes, video tapes, and various ephemera, books, journals, and artifacts documenting the role of public transportation in Los Angeles and Southern California back to 1873. These resources include all of the predecessor public transportation providers and agencies that operated in the Greater Los Angeles area. We continuously seek donations of significant historic items to preserve and enhance understanding of the role public transportation has played in defining Los Angeles and Southern California.
We are an active participant in "L.A. As Subject," an alliance of research archives, libraries, historical societies and other organizations and institutions dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region and its less-visible cultural resources. We also participate in the Online Archive of California, a core component of the University of California's California Digital Library, which enhances scholarship through the provision and promotion of primary resources.
California Highway Commission's California Highways (1924-1927) and California Highways And Public Works (1927-1967): Keyword search This ongoing digitization project will provide full-text keyword access to the history of road and highway construction in California. The California Highway Commission is the predecessor agency to Caltrans.
Los Angeles County And Its Incorporated Cities' Websites Search: Meta-search across all 88 cities within Los Angeles County as well as the County of Los Angeles.
Public Transit Agency Search: Meta-search across all major transit agencies and transit-related organization websites for fares, routes, data, reports, research, press releases, budgets, policies, programs, and other industry information.
L.A. as Subject is an alliance of nearly 300 research archives, libraries, and collections dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region. It works to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access to them for students, researchers, K-12 educators, and everyone else with a stake in Southern California history. L.A. as Subject promotes tools and mentoring to help its members with everything from preserving and cataloging materials in their collections to fundraising and public outreach.
To support this mission, L.A. as Subject organizes an annual Archives Bazaar and bimonthly Archives Forum meetings. These events raise public interest in local history while providing opportunities for educators, community archivists, librarians, and historians to share ideas and help one another preserve the L.A. region's diverse cultural heritage. The research alliance publishes an online directory - organized by topic - guiding students, researchers, and the public to resources that can help them explore the complex subject that is Los Angeles. L.A. As Subject functions through an Executive Committee of members and is hosted by the University of Southern California.
The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by mor ethan 150 contibuting institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California, as well as collections maintained by the 10 University of California campuses. You can browse, locate, and view selected items in nearly 20,000 online collection guides containing more than 170,000 digital images and documents.
The National Transportation Library is facilitating the establishment of regional transportation knowledge networks (TKNs) to provide access to information in support of transportation development. The networks provide the combined resources of all institutions to members, deliver a wider pool of expertise to locate and provide needed information, create a platform for interoperability for tools and information, and enable leveraging of resources through coordinated acquisitions and lending agreements. More information can be found in: Transportation Knowledge Networks: A Management Strategy for the 21st Century (Transportation Research Board : 2006)
Produced by Sky City Productions in cooperation with our archives, other local libraries and the Huntington Library, this 90 minute DVD explains the interweaving of famous Pacific Electric railway with the creation of Southern California. It provides outstanding context to popular myths about the "Red Cars." The story is told through historical film footage and hundreds of still pictures. It contains interviews with historians, those who worked on the railway, and others who simply remember the days when you could travel anywhere in Southern California by electric rail.
Transportation Futuristics is an exhibit showcasing daring visions of transportation engineering. It was on display from July 6 through September 30, 2004 in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery of the University of California, Berkeley's Doe Library. The exhibit was researched and assembled by the staff of the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library which supports the research needs of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California campuses of Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, and Los Angeles.
You can access a variety of information related to California highways and California highway history from this site. It is not affiliated with or sponsored by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation; it is however very complete, informative and entertaining.
This resource is provided by Mark Furqueron.
Listed below are some of the major transit museums dedicated to the preservation and history of public transit trolleys, cable cars, street railways and buses.
The history of railroading is an interesting adjunct related to public transit. One of the important purposes of public transport was to provide the local distribution network for arriving railroad passengers. A number of light rail systems now run on former railroad rights of way. Some of the major and local railroad museum and railroad resource websites are:
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Our historic legacy of photographs, manuscripts, and other items document the important and unique role of transportation in Southern California history and culture
Our extensive collection of books, reports, and studies as well as dynamic, innovative services support staff, academia, other research institutions and the public
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