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June 15 , 2007
Amy Bentley-Smith

Communications & Public Affairs Assistant
(310) 243-2001

Thousands of Historical University Photos Digitized

Collection part of larger online collection of photos and documents
on the history of the South Bay

Carson, CA After a year of sifting through nearly 100,000 photos taken since California State University, Dominguez Hills was founded, the Department of Archives and Special Collections has completed its CSUDH Photograph Digitization Project.

Approximately 2,000 photos of the university’s history are now available online (http://archives.csudh.edu:2006/cdm4/CSUDHPhoto.php). Spanning from the 1960s through the 1990s, the CSUDH Photograph Collection—the result of the project—contains images of the university as it grew, as well as of campus life over the years: students, faculty/staff/administrators, classroom activities, athletics, commencement exercises and events.

“For the larger community it makes the history, the presence of the university accessible in a relatively easy form,” said Gregory Williams, director of the CSUDH Archives and Special Collections Department, which oversees the collection. “People generally don’t know the way this university evolved.

“For the campus, it’s just one other source that people can use to locate not only the history of the university but any variety of issues.”

The completion of the CSUDH Photographic Digitization Project comes within a year of the department launching its Digital Collections division, of which the CSUDH Photograph Collection is a part. Other online collections focus on the history of the South Bay region, the Del Amo Estate Company, Rancho San Pedro and the Dominguez family, and the 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet. The Digital Collections was made possible by grants from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission and the Associated Students, Inc., the student governing body.

Williams said all of the digital collections are a work in progress, as staff updates photo details and continually adds more photos to them. More collections will be added, as well. Plans to digitize CSUDH yearbooks, along with photographs and documents from former Congressman and California Lt. Gov. Glenn Anderson and of the California State University system are already in the works, Williams said.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections, in the Leo F. Cain Library on campus, is the repository of more than 2,000 linear feet of historical records pertaining not only to the university but the South Bay region as a whole. It also houses the California State University system archives and has a rare books collection of popular books dating back, in some cases, to the 1500s. Appointments are required to view the collections, and permission is required to reproduce photos in the collections.

For more information, visit the department web site, http://archives.csudh.edu, or call (310) 243-3895.

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Located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, California State University, Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses, and according to U.S. News & World Report, one of the most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master’s degrees as well as multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials. On the campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse and cycling.

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Last updated June 15, 2007, 3:56 p.m.
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