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Shades of L.A.

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In 1991, Photo Friends and the Los Angeles Public Library sponsored the project “Shades of L.A.: A Search for Visual Ethnic History.” The six-year project involved copying thousands of family photographs throughout Los Angeles, thereby broadening the LAPL Photo Collection’s representation of ethnicities within the city.

The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use.  The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.

Oral Histories

In addition to copying the images, volunteers of the project also conducted oral history interviews with twelve subjects about their experiences living in Southern California. The Los Angeles Public Library is pleased to be able to make these interviews readily accessible through a generous grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.

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Glenda Ahhaitty (Native American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2

Transcribed Summary

  
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Walter Gordon (African American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Transcribed Summary

  
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Alice Ito (Japanese American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2

Transcribed Summary

  
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(Order# 00003829)

Royal Morales (Filipino American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Transcribed Summary

  
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(Order# 00002131)

Pete Rodriguez (Mexican American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3

Transcribed Summary

  
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(Order# 00003268)

Susan Ahn Cuddy (Korean American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4

Transcribed Summary

  
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(Order# 00003943)

Helen Brown (Filipino American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4

Transcribed Summary

  
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Elizabeth, Kea, and Tuiofu Foisia (Samoan American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3

Transcribed Summary

  
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Ramona Frias and Della Ortega (Mexican American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3

Transcribed Summary

  
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Marilyn White (African American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3

Transcribed Summary

  
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(Order# 00001270)

Verna Williams (African American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Transcribed Summary

  
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(Order# 00003999)

Lillian Wong (Chinese American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2

Transcribed Summary

 

Images from this collection can be viewed by searching the Photo Database for "Shades of L.A." To view images donated by those who participated in the oral histories, search for the name of the person interviewed.

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