Friday, April 24, 2009

Recently Cataloged Collections

In recent months the Archives have been busy cataloging a wide variety of smaller collections that document diverse subjects, but nevertheless may be of importance to students of particular areas of history.

All of these collections have finding aids on the Online Archive of California.

These collections include the Judson Grenier Photographic Collection. Jud's materials, scholarship and judgement are not just in this one collection....they are scattered throughout most of the collections in the CSUDH and CSU Archives.

Judson Grenier Photograph Collection
The materials of this collection contain primarily photographs depicting general city views of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area: residences, buildings, parks, universities, museums, points of historic interest as well as events and scenes from every day life to the1980s. Many of these photos were either published in A Guide to Historic Places in Los Angeles County (Kendall/Hunt, c1978) and the Manhattan Beach historical series publication, or belong to Dr. Grenier’s academic project African American Related Sites & Images while additional images were used for the 18-minute film Pueblo of Promise, which can be seen at the Sepulveda House Visitor’s Center, in Downtown Los Angeles

The Gripsholm Exchanges (Manuscript). Memoir by Atushi Archi Miyamoto
Manuscript. Atushi Archie Miyamoto memoir entitled The Gripsholm Exchanges: a short concise report on the exchanges of the hostages during WWII between the United States and Japan as it relates to Japanese Americans. These hostage exchanges took place between July 1942 and August 1943 in Louren├žo Marques, Mozambique and Mormugao, India respectively. The author was a child passenger of the second exchange aboard the Swedish liner S.S. Gripsholm which was used as repatriation ship between the warfaring nations. Mr. Miyamoto returned to the United States as a teenager in 1948 and served as a lieutenant colonel in the US army until his retirement. This collection came to the Archives with the assistance of Dr. Donald Hata.

Count Carlo Zanardi Landi Collection
Count Carlo Zanardi Landi (1876-1953) was an Italian nobleman who worked as a Marine Superintendent for the Ocean Salvage Company Limited, a marine salvage company based in London. During World War I, Count Landi was commissioned by the British Admiralty Salvage Section to recover ships primarily stranded in the British Isles and the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The correspondence and photographs concern the steamship salvage business after World War I. Subject matter in the collection include marine accidents; salvage vessels; steamboats; the Admiralty of Great Britain; historic ships, and salvage missions in the Black Sea, British Isles and Mediterranean Sea.

Abraam Krushkhov Collection
The Abraam Krushkhov Collection documents Krushkhov’s achievements in local, national, and international levels of urban planning. Materials (1933-1987) include speeches, writings, correspondence, education papers, and urban planning files relating to numerous U.S. and international regions including the plan for the new capitol of Nigeria in the 1980s.

California State Curriculum Commission Papers
Records of the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, commonly called the California State Curriculum Commission (CC), relating to textbook purchasing for California elementary, middle and high schools in the mid 1960’s. In 1965, “Land of the Free” was submitted as a proposed history textbook for use in eighth grade classes throughout California. Written by three professors, John Walton Caughey, John Hope Franklin, and Ernest R. May, the textbook was admonished by some, such as the then Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Max Rafferty, and praised by others. The content of the textbook brought about discussion about how the depiction of African American people and their history in the United States should be characterized in grade school textbooks.

California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA) Collection
The California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA) Collection documents the activities of this advocacy organization of retired and emeritus faculty members. Materials (1985-2007)