Online Resources

Find us around the Web.

Occidental contributes descriptions of and digital materials from its collections as well as collaborates with national efforts for greater access to preserved materials. The following alphabetical listing take you to tools and online databases where Occidental holdings can be found. For updates about Special Collections exhibits, events, new acquisitions, information about the College’s past, and more go to our Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr pages.


In 2011, Occidental College partnered with Archive-it, a non-profit service of the Internet Archive, to establish a web archive to preserve and make accessible the history of our college and websites related to Northeast Los Angeles. Special Collections and Information Technology design and schedule crawls on a quarterly basis with the Archive-It technology. The launch of the Occidental College Web Archive was made possible by a gift from Occidental alumna Kristin H. Mandt '70 P'97.

Archive-It serves as Occidental College Special Collection's web repository. To reach Oxy's page click here.


Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

Special Collections contributes documents and images to Calisphere from our collections.


Callimachus is a service of SCELC, providing consortial access to CONTENTdm from OCLC and technical support for California libraries digitization projects.

We use Callimachus as a database for our digital items. Our materials in Callimachus include the Japanese American Relocation collection, the Stereograph collection, the Bill Henry collection, the Railroading collection, Occidental College's Environmental Design collection, and the Barack Obama, U.S. President and Alumnus collection. For help with browsing our digital archive, please use the tools below.

Advanced Keyword Search/Browse
Search across all fields, in selected fields, or by proximity. Or, if you prefer, browse through the collection without formulating a specific search.

Customize options for search results, My Favorites, Compare and Slideshow views.


Historypin is a collaboration between the nonprofit group We Are What We Do and Google. It brings together people from around the world to share photos by "pinning" them on a map.

Special Collections draws from our college’s visual history in order to contribute images of Eagle Rock and the surrounding area since the early 1900s. Click here to link Oxy's page.

L.A. as Subject

L.A. as Subject is a research alliance dedicated to preserving and improving access to the raw material of Los Angeles history. With an online directory of more than 230 separate collections, L.A. as Subject ensures that researchers know what materials are available, where they are located, and how to access them. To link to Oxy's Special Collections page click here.


Research Guides provide tips, tools and links for research by subject or type.  Click here to go to the Oxy Special Collections LibGuide.

Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing California institution. OAC also makes available over 170,000+ digitized items from the contributors. Digital objects can also be searched through an alternate portal named Calisphere (listed above). 

The OAC hosts a finding guide and details on our collections such as the Bill Henry, Japanese American Relocation, Robinson Jeffers, OxyCorps, Ray F. Risdon, Ward Ritchie, and Pat Yeoman collections. A full list of our collections in OAC are available here.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America provides access to digital holdings of institutions across the country. Users can access tens of millions of items digitized by libraries, archives, museums and historical societies.