The University of California, Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive collection contains text and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1910s to 2010s. A majority of the collection consists of filmed footage and text documenting life in Berkeley and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area. Subjects include 1960s counterculture, the Black Panthers, Harvey Milk, cultural communities, and the independent film industry.
The University of California, Davis, Library, Special Collections collection contains texts and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1860s to 1990s. A majority of the collection consists of filmed footage, audio, and text concerning the agriculture community in Davis, California. Other subjects include oral history interviews with former professors, politicians, and farmers of Davis and surrounding areas.
The University of California, Los Angeles, Ethnomusicology Archive collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to 2020. A majority of the collection contains filmed footage and recorded audio featuring musicians, tradition bearers, and cultural practices that illuminate the rich cultural diversity of California.
Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe. The Archive’s collection of more than 150,000 audio, video, print, and photographic items documents musical expressions throughout the world and includes unique field recordings as well as rare commercial recordings. As part of UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, the Archive preserves and makes accessible over 50 years’ worth of audio and video recordings of the department’s famed concerts and also of lectures by legendary scholars and performers, ranging from Mantle Hood to Ravi Shankar to Dizzy Gillespie. In addition to preservation and access, the Archive offers a wide range of research, outreach, and educational services. From international scholars to local community members and UCLA students and faculty, the Archive is recognized locally and internationally as an important center of ethnomusicological research and discovery.
The University of California, Riverside Special Collections and University Archives collection contains audiovisual material (moving images, audio) from the 20th century. Highlights of the collection are interviews with Tuskegee Airmen, Ray Bradbury, and others; films of hiking trips from the Trailfinders organization; and films from the Water Resources Collection and Archives.
The University of California, San Diego Libraries collection contains audiovisual materials (moving images, audio) from the 1960s to the early 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of public broadcasting recordings from KPBS and news footage from local TV stations. Subjects and topics include Neil Morgan, San Diego Evening Tribune, deep sea, oceanography, naval engineering and more.
The University of California, San Francisco Library, Archives and Special Collections online collection contains audiovisual (moving images, audio) and text materials from the 1930s to the present. Subjects and topics include History of Health Sciences, History of Medicine, the UCSF campus, UCSF Black Caucus and Black Bulletin Layouts, and the history and culture of AIDS in America.
The University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Special Collections online collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1960s to the 1990s. A majority of the collection consists of video from the Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in California Collection, which documents a major 1982 conference held at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as musical theatrical works, cultural events such as el Dia de los Muertos, and interviews with artists and authors related to Chicano culture and society in California. The collection also includes video from the Sojourner Kincaid Rolle Papers, an African-American poet and playwright, peacemaker, community activist, and television producer.
The University of California, Santa Cruz, Special Collections and Archives collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1960s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of filmed footage documenting local history surrounding the University of California, Santa Cruz. Subjects include The People's Park Riot of 1969, the civil rights movement, and the construction of the university.
The University of San Diego collection contains consists of audio recordings from the Emmet Culligan collection from the 1940s and 1950s. Culligan was the founder of the Culligan Zeolite Company, now Culligan Water. He built a zeolite plant in San Bernardino, California and spent much of his life there.
The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, currently houses over 500,000 volumes. Collections include books, journals, reference works, databases, government documents, newspapers and electronic journals in many languages, as well as maps, videos, sound recordings, microforms and rare books.
The University of Southern California, USC Libraries, Special Collections online collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to present day. The recordings in this collection include videos from the USC Thornton School of Music records which document lectures by notable composers such as Henry Mancini and Andre Previn, as well as video and audio which document and comment on the brutal beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and its effect on race relations in that era.
The Upland Public Library collection contains texts and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1960s to 1980s. A majority of the collection consists of recorded oral interviews with residents of Upland, California and texts concerning local history.