Northeast LA Regional History
Oxy and its local communities
Occidental has a commitment to document the history of our local communities. Through our partnerships with community organizations in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, and Boyle Heights, we are discovering ways to get residents and Oxy students to explore history, what it means to be a community, and why being part of one is important in building identity.
Projects include the preservation and digitization of old community newspapers from Eagle Rock and Highland Park, using HistoryPin to share photos and stories about the neighborhoods, and using the Internet Archive's Archive-it service to capture and archive websites of official government organizations, historical societies, neighborhood councils, and individual blogs.
Special Collections is an active participant in LA as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and improving access to the archival material of Los Angeles history.
News on newspapers
In early 2014, we completed a pilot project, funded by The John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, to preserve and digitize Northeast Los Angeles community newspapers. We worked in collaboration with the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and the Highland Park Heritage Trust to make these newspapers more accessible and to increase awareness of the history of this culturally and socially diverse region. Follow the progress of this project and future endeavors involving NELA newspapers at our blog and learn more about accessing community newspapers at our new portal.