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.
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.
Glenda Ahhaitty (Native American)
Walter Gordon (African American)
Alice Ito (Japanese American)
Royal Morales (Filipino American)
Pete Rodriguez (Mexican American)
Susan Ahn Cuddy (Korean American)
Helen Brown (Filipino American)
Elizabeth, Kea, and Tuiofu Foisia (Samoan American)
Ramona Frias and Della Ortega (Mexican American)
Marilyn White (African American)
Verna Williams (African American)
Lillian Wong (Chinese American)
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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