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Inventory of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Collection, 1930-1932
photCL 396 volumes 1-7  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Abstract
  • Conservation Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1932
    Collection number: photCL 396 volumes 1-7
    Creator: Los Angeles County (Calif.). Dept. of Health Services
    Extent: 457 photographs in seven volumes (4 boxes)
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researches by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL. 

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    The six volumes of photographs in this collection were donated by the Los Angeles County Department of Health from the Los Angeles County Health Administration/Management and Health Systems Agency Libraries in June 1996.
    The collection call number is photCL 396 and includes volumes one through seven. Each photograph has a unique number. This collection is fully processed and is available for research by qualified scholars.

    Conservation Note

    Each volume has had some conservation treatment with the level of treatment varying from minimal to extensive. A brief account of the action taken follows:
    photCL 396 vol 1:
    Photographs were originally attached to black papers pages and album covers were missing. Images and text were removed from backing and original order maintained.
    photCL 396 vol. 2-vol. 3:
    Photographs and typewritten captions were removed from black paper pages and put into mylar sleeves. Original order maintained.
    photCL 396 vol4:
    Album pages were xeroxed showing photographs with text to serve as reference copies for researchers. Photographs were removed from album corners and stored separately in non-buffered sleeves. Retained original album pages and text which is stored in separate envelope.
    photCL 396 vol. 5:
    Transcribed captions accompanying each photograph which were glued onto black pages. Removed photographs and other text from original album. Discarded original photographic album with paper captions due to dust and dirt from black paper. Map of Olympic Village was flattened and encapsulated in mylar.
    photCL 396 vol. 6:
    All images uncaptioned. Removed black pages from album and trimmed. Interleaved with unbuffered paper and put in acid free folders.

    Scope and Content

    The Los Angeles County Department of Health Collection covers the range of departmental activities from approximately 1930 through 1932. The Bureau of Housing and the Bureau of Inspection are two of the divisions represented in the collection. The photographs depict such things as housing, schools, water supply, swimming pools, sewage disposal, dairy farms and milk plants, garbage and refuse disposal, and general sanitation to name but a few topics. Of particular interest is the volume documenting the "Hoover Towns" which sprang up throughout Los Angeles during the Great Depression. In contrast is the volume showcasing the "state-of-the-art" housing for Olympic athletes who were in Los Angeles for the Tenth Olympiad in 1932.
    The photographers represented in these volumes are unidentified except for an instance where initials are provided. The majority of the images are accompanied by lengthy captions and they are transcribed in the finding aid where practical.