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Political cartoon noting a decline in public enthusiasm for easing Marijuana laws. Published in the Valley News, Van Nuys on April 16, 1974.

Political cartoons are valuable sources that can distill the social and cultural norms of an age. This distillation occurs because political cartoons portray common issues and events in terms that are meant to be easily understood by the general readership of a given publication (or publications). Their use as primary sources requires...

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Cover of pamphlet produced by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, circa 1932.

In the United States, there are nine cities or towns named "Burbank." Though the botanist Luther Burbank is well known in his adopted state of California, the City of Burbank in the San Fernando Valley is named after Dr. David Burbank. He was trained as a dentist on the east coast and migrated to San Francisco in the early 1850s. By the early to mid-1860s, he had established...

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Foreigner’s Resident Certificate Booklet, Erik J. Koch Collection, 1923.

The Old China Hands Archives in the Special Collections and Archives Department holds materials from a variety of individuals that lived and worked in China during the early 20th century, including two small collections of materials from Scandinavian ship captains who moved to China and worked with international shipping companies...

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Los Angeles River flood aftermath in North Hollywood, 1938, Robert and Betty Holtby. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

 Natural disasters, as most of us know, are inevitable and can sometimes cause a lot of damage. In Los Angeles, we often experience earthquakes, fires, and occasionally, floods. In recent years, we have had tsunami scares, tornados touching down, and major fires in the area. Special Collections and Archives holds several collections that document various disasters...

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