"Beyond the Arroyo Culture: A Multiperspectival Century of Intellectual and Social Activism in Northeast Los Angeles": The project will draw on textual, image, and manuscript collections from several institutions and organizations to present a composite, multifaceted image of intellectual life, activism, and culture in Northeast Los Angeles.

Material Description

We propose to digitize three bodies of key twentieth century popular media produced in, and uniquely reflective of, the diverse, working and middle class Northeastern section of Los Angeles. Together, they enable studies of demographic change, real estate development and commercial activity, transportation, education, arts, culture, and political activism, as well as city, state, and world events as seen at the local, street corner level. These materials will lay the foundation for building additional archives for Northeast Los Angeles, as well as provide a source base for potential identity-based, quantitative social research on this vital, and previously under-studied, urban region. Materials include:

1) Community, high school, and college newspapers published by the Northeast Newspapers company, Eagle Rock and Franklin High Schools, and Occidental College. The papers are held for various date ranges in physical and microfilm copy by the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Occidental, and Franklin High School. The bedrock of this project is to enable research on the crucial community documents of Northeast Los Angeles's social, political, and cultural history as these newspapers reflect the unique sensibility and intellectual history of the urban neighborhood they covered.

2) High school yearbooks published by students at Eagle Rock and Franklin High Schools. Yearbooks for Eagle Rock High School are held by the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society on behalf of the alumni association. In addition to providing photographs tied to names and ages, these yearbooks also provide a window into early social networks that may manifest themselves in later years.

3) Approximately 20% of the Friezer Photography collection of photographic negatives produced by photographers Joe and Henk Friezer from 1956 to 1988 in their work for Northeast Newspapers and other clients. These photographs provide vivid visual evidence about the urban region and its changing population.


Occidental College and partner community heritage organizations, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and Highland Park Heritage Trust, propose an intensive digitization project that will provide the documentary basis for new research on the grassroots social, cultural, and intellectual history of the ethnically diverse, working and middle class neighborhoods of Northeast Los Angeles in the Twentieth Century. The three-year project will make available to scholars, independent researchers, and students a host of community newspapers, photographic archives, and high school publications that will also lay the foundation on which the current and future partners will build additional archives. In tandem with the digitization project, and in coordination with UCLA's Collecting Los Angeles platform, the College's Center for Digital Liberal Arts and emergent Institute for the History of Los Angeles plans to undertake an innovative, interdisciplinary research agenda, including a network analysis of thinkers and activists in the region.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

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Occidental College


  • Ms. Dale Ann Stieber (Occidental College, Mary Norton Clapp Library)
  • Dr. Jeremiah
  • Dr. Dr. Daniel

Collaborating Institution(s)

Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society; Highland Park Heritage Trust

Date Range

1906 - 1999

Geographic Scope

The Arroyo Seco cultural and transit corridor: Northeast Los Angeles and environs, including the historic metropolitan districts of Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Glassell Park, El Sereno, Montecito Heights, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock, as well as the neighboring Arroyo communities of South Pasadena and Pasadena.


  • 430000 newspapers