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Los Angeles City Historical Society Online Images

Welcome to the Los Angeles City Historical Society's database of selected photographs in the Los Angeles City Archives. The mission of the Los Angeles City Historical Society is to research, study and disseminate knowledge of the rich and diverse multicultural history of the city of Los Angeles; to serve as a resource of historical information; and to assist in the preservation of the city's historic records.

The Society has earned a record of research and publication over the years, having sponsored and published two major academic reference works on Los Angeles history. Also, LACHS supports research for publication by others, as demonstrated in the recent appearance of a new book on the city's sewerage system. Each of these projects is described on our publications page, and all of them have benefitted from the assistance and generosity of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, including this website.

We recommend a simple keyword search if you are looking for images from a particular time period or of a particular street or neighborhood. Use a word you think will appear in the records you are searching for. You can search by community name such as Chinatown, Venice, Westwood, or Downtown Los Angeles. You can search by subject such as bridges, streets, and or other specific topics. You can also search by date of photographs as well. Or you can simply click on the link above that reads "Random Images," and scroll through the more than 600 images and accompanying information. Please be sure to click on the ID number to see the complete record.

All images provided on this website are intended for personal or home decor uses only. Any commercial use including publication, presentation, or commercial decor requires a license granted by the City Clerk's Office and the payment of all applicable commercial use fees. For a full listing of fees, please contact Todd Gaydowski, Records Management Officer, Los Angeles City Clerk's Office, 555 Ramirez Street, Space 320, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 473-8449, todd.gaydowski@lacity.org. Fax (213) 473-8450. To order copies of these and other photographs in the collection, please contact the Los Angeles City Archivist: michael.holland@lacity.org. You can also call him to request additional information at 213-473-8441.

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