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El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Photo Archive

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This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

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Researchers may view the collection by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. Monument policy requires that individuals or groups who purchase photographs must obtain use permission from the legal owner of the photograph and properly credit the owner in any publication or public display that features the photograph. For further information and appointments call Suellen Cheng or Mariann Gatto at (213) 485-8437.

El Pueblo Monument has over ten thousand photographs in its collection, divided into three hundred separate categories. About 80% of the collection are 8”x10” black and white prints, of which 50% are copies that were obtained from other historical repositories, such as the Seaver Center for Western History Research, The Huntington Library, the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, and UCLA and USC Special Collections. Most of these photographs concern the early history of Los Angeles, which was centered at the Plaza, beginning with the earliest known photographs of the city in the early 1860s. The majority of the photographs owned by El Pueblo Monument concern the history of Olvera Street, the Mexican marketplace that was founded in 1930, and its traditional-yearly events, such as the Blessing of the Animals, Cinco de Mayo, Las Posadas, and Mexican Independence Day. The collection also contains photographs of various communities who were located at the Plaza during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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