Donald R. & Beverly J. Gerth Archives & Special Collections

History WalkwayHistory Walkway

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections area on the Fifth Floor of the South Wing. Outside the reading room is the L-shaped History Walkway that consists of nearly 70 photographs that document the history of California State University Dominguez Hills.

Gerth Archives Reading Room ExhibitionsHistory Cases

The exhibition area in the Gerth Archives and Special Collections Reading Room (room 5039) consists of exhibition cases most of which have three-drawers for additional documentation. The exhibitions in the Gerth Archives generally come from the archival material collected during the 50 year history of the University. The first exhibition explores the origins and early years of Dominguez Hills as well as other aspects of the university.

Gerth Archives and Special Collections exhibition cases are reserved for use by the Gerth Archives to display the history of campus and other subjects related to CSUDH/CSU archival or special collections. Other exhibition material of interest to students and faculty are also displayed. The purpose of exhibition cases in the Gerth Archives is to display historic materials, to engage students in the use of primary documentation and to encourage faculty to present the option of primary materials to their students. Exhibition cases cannot be removed from the Gerth Archives. For further information contact the Gerth Archives.

Photographs and maps placed on the walls in the reading room include images relating to the Dominguez Family, the Rancho San Pedro and locations of ranchos throughout Southern California.

“Roads to Romance" map

The large map on the west wall of the reading room entitled “Roads to Romance—California’s Southern Empire/Tourist Paradise.” The cartographer was Claude G. Putnam, research was conducted by Karl F. Brown and Alice Griffith is noted as the artist. It was published by the Roads to Romance Association in 1946.


Multicultural Art Gallery

Multicultural Art RoomConsisting of exhibitions that focus on many of the cultures of the world, the Multi-cultural Art Gallery is located on the Fifth Floor of the South Wing of the Library (room 5015). Contact Library Administration for tours of this area.