South Bay / Local History Collections

The history of CSU, Dominguez Hills is tied closely to the history of the South Bay, the Dominguez Family, and the early development of Los Angeles. The South Bay collections include a large photograph collection, early Compton newspapers, and the a collection of research materials on America's first international air meet. Of note are the Compton History Collection and the South Bay Photograph Collection, two very unique records of the area's history.

Collections by Title

1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection, 1909-1990
The collection Includes newsclippings, photos, books, journal articles, ephemera, correspondence, and minutes related to the aviation meet held on Dominguez Hill in 1910. Subjects include early aviation history and early aviators, the Aviation Meet of Los Angeles (1910-1911), anniversaries, a commemorative airshow, and the Aviation Meet Committee.

Compton Herald-American and other Compton Newspapers, 1895-1960s
Microfilm of the Compton Enterprise (1895-1923) and bound volumes of the Compton Herald and Compton Herald-American.

Compton History Collection, 1869-1998
The collection includes newsclippings, histories, flyers, newsletters, minutes, correspondence, programs, yearbooks, municipal papers, and histories related to or about the city of Compton. Subjects include commerce, education, private residences, historic preservation, city anniversaries, and natural disasters.

Heritage House Collection, 1847-1989
A small collection of materials from and about the Heritage House Museum in Compton. Materials include correspondence and ledgers of the Auxiliary; programs, booklets, and correspondence about the museum itself; and ephemera and journals from the 19th century donated to the museum by citizens of Compton.

South Bay History Collection, 1923-2005
The collection includes brochures, flyers, newsletters, directories, reports, papers, newspapers, and newsclippings related to the communities of Carson, Davidson City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Terminal Island, Torrance, Wilmington, and Los Angeles. Subjects include historic preservation, municipal records, tourism, commerce, and transportation.

South Bay Photograph Collection, circa 1880-1967
The collection consists of color and black and white photographs, negatives, postcard-backed photos, and tin-types. Subjects of the photographs include people, businesses, churches, houses, schools, farming, transportation, and natural disasters. Communities covered in this collection include Compton, Torrance, Carson, Dominguez, Redondo Beach, Lynwood, Lakewood, San Pedro, Wilmington, Los Angeles, Terminal Island, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.