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Explore the LA City Archives with LACHS

  • C. Erwin Piper Technical Center 555 Ramirez Street, Space 320 (3rd floor) Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)

Join LA City Archivist Michael Holland on a guided exploration of the rarely seen City Archives!

The purpose of the City Archives' Historical Records Program is to identify, collect, preserve, arrange and describe records of historical significance originated by City government. These records are made available to City officials and employees, as well as the general public. 

As an institution, the City Archives serves as the final resting place for records of enduring political, economic, legal, and cultural value. As a rich, diverse collection of historical records from various City agencies, the City Archives represents the most unique and esteemed component of the City's Records Management Program. 

While the City Archives has records from as early as 1827, the great bulk of its records (including photographs and maps) are from the 20th Century -- and 99% of it hasn't been digitized and only exists here, in physical form. 

This is your opportunity to share in their enthusiasm for the preservation of the City's documentary heritage! 


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About Michael Holland:

Michael Holland is the city archivist for Los Angeles and manages historical city government records for the Office of the City Clerk. He contributes "History Comes Alive!" columns to the LA City Employee newspaper Alive!, some of which have been adapted for radio and have been recorded for "Off-Ramp," a program of NPR affiliate KPCC. He has been seen on KCET's Lost LA series and is the curator of the LACHS Marie Northrop Lecture Series at the Mark Taper Auditorium at LA's Central Library.

For a sample of what Michael has been working on, visit him on Twitter @archivistla.