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Research Library

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The Research Library supports the mission of the California African American Museum housing more than 20,000 items of books, periodicals, and records. The Library provides programmatic and research service and materials support for its staff and curators. The Research Library is managed by a certified librarian who is also available to serve the general public on days when the Museum is open and by appointment.

Highlights of the Library Collection

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Over 4,000 Books -- Subjects areas include African and African American history, music, art and culture in general including books on painting and sculpture, literature and popular writings by such noted authors as Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes. Notable books include:

Over 100 Popular and Scholarly periodicals (some dating back to the 1970s)

Access to 3 major daily newspapers (Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal)

Older issues of selected African American newspapers including the “Chicago Defender” and the “Pittsburgh Courier”

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from The Revolution Through The Civil War (64 reels of microfilm)

Over 500 various titles of videos, DVDs and sound recordings



Contact Information and Hours (Subject to change)

Research Library phone: 213.744.2544
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9AM - 5:30PM (subject to change based on volunteer coverage)
Wednesday through Sunday: 9AM - 5:30PM


The Research Library is open to the public for reference and research. All material must be used on site. Photocopy service is available (donations are appreciated). Advance appointments for anyone requiring research assistance are encouraged.

Community involvement

The Research Library is a member of the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County and the Conference of California Historical Societies. Membership in these organizations gives us networking opportunities with over 500 historical societies, museums, and libraries throughout the State of California