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 Archive of California website, including an index of the Fényes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers, which documents the activities of the family over four generations.


PMH's Black History Collection was digitized by the USC Imaging & Media Lab to be made available online, and approximately 700 records are now available on the site. View the photos on the USC Digital Library website.

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.