Audiovisual material relating to music of California ethnic groups. Content includes recordings of Spehardic music, African American Gospel music, and American Jazz. Other material includes footage from the 2003 Festival of Philippine Arts and Cultures and audio recordings from the 1960s American Jazz musician, Don Ellis.
Audiovisual material relating to African American community and church life in California from the 1980s to 2010s. A majority of the themed collection contains recorded audio and video of music and choirs. Other material includes oral interviews with church members, such as Father Charles Boykins, the Associate Pastor of St. John's Catholic Church, and Bernadette Davis, president of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church Choir.
A themed collection of oral histories and interviews recorded between the 1970s and 1990s. Topics include, but are not limited to, early California settlers, ranching, homosexuality, and the East Bay during World War II.
Audiovisual and image material relating to California labor history. Content includes recorded oral interviews about the preservation of the Manzanar National Historic Site and its relation to themes of labor. Other material consists of political posters, agriculture, and information about the United Farm Workers of Union.
Audiovisual material relating to Mexican folk music. A majority of the themed collection contains rehearsal and performance recordings of the Mexican Players at the Padua Hills Theatre. Other material includes recorded oral interviews and histories of Mexican players and hostesses at the Padua Hills Theatre, such as Michaela Jimenez, Gilberto Flores, and Casilda Amador Thoreson.