City of Culver City
City Hall: 9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
In addition to the information under History on the City Website (www.culvercity.org), information is readily available in other locations as well.
The city's adopted Historic Preservation Advisory Report document dated 1990 offers information on local buildings with local historic status in three categories-Landmark, Significant and Recognition. This falls within the purview of the Community Development Department. The document is on the website under that department and also available for viewing at the Planning, Building and Community Development Departments in City Hall
For information on Historic Preservation, nominating a structure or checking the status of a structure, contact the Cultural Affairs Commission staff at 310 253-5776 or through the website.
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
4975 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230 310 559-1676.
The Reference/Information desk has numerous items available, both behind the desk and in the Friends of the Library area. There is a grant-funded project which offers a "Guide to local History Materials at the County of Los Angeles Public Library" document which lists their offerings.
Loud, Laura McNeir. A resume of Culver City. 1922.
Pennington, Lucinda. A Past to Remember. 1976
Cerra, Julie Lugo. Culver City, The Heart of Screenland. 1992
Numerous Culver City/Palms and Santa Monica/Venice telephone directories, dating back to 1922.
City reports over the years.
Culver City Chamber of Commerce
4249 Overland Avenue, Culver City CA 90232 310 287-3850.
The Chamber sells "Culver City: Heart of Screenland," a coffee table history book published in 1992 for the 75th anniversary of the city, and revised with a new edition in 2000. The city webpage also links to the Chamber of Commerce.
Culver City High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 4343, Culver City, CA 90231-4343
The Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428 Culver City, CA 90231. Incorporated in 1980, the society is a local resource, meets quarterly starting in January and the president is Steven Rose, who is currently on the City Council. He can be reached at the Chamber of Commerce during business hours at 310 287-3850. The society meetings are open to the public. The Archives have been moved to new space in Downtown Culver City. Research is facilitated by appointment only.
Sony Pictures Museum
The Sony Pictures Virtual Museum features film preservation, a museum collection and history of Thomas Ince's first studio in Culver City, the movie lots, Columbia history and local history. Sony Pictures Plaza at 10100 Washington Boulevard offers a museum display in the lobby and computer access to the website.
The Culver Studios
Thomas Ince's second studio in Culver City, located at 9336 Washington Boulevard, includes history on its website
Local History, Legends and Lore is a half hour program on Comcast, local access, Channel 24, every Saturday at 4:30 pm. City Historian Julie Lugo Cerra interviews locals with a historic bent.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
7900 Loyola Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90045 310 338-3048
The Donovan family that ran the Citizen Publishing Company donated original bound copies of the Citizen Newspapers to LMU. Research by appointment only.
Gabrielino/Tongva Tribal Council
Contact Dee Roybal, Cultural Affairs
P.O. Box 693, San Gabriel, CA 9177 626 286-1632
Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation
P.O. Box 642043, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Adjacent to University High School, this was a site described by Father Crespi as a thriving village of Native Americans. The Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation (see address above) formed to preserve, protect, and restore the University High School Springs Site area. With prior arrangements, descendants like Angie Dorame Behrns display artifacts and teach children about the culture and customs of Gabrielino ancestors. They also hold a Before Columbus Day Native American Arts and Crafts Festival in October.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition Park
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 General Information 213 767-DINO
World Wide Web: http://www.nhm.org
George C. Page Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA 90036
General Information: 323 934-PAGE
La Brea Tar Pits (adjacent to the Page Museum)
Gene Autry Museum
Griffith Park- changing exhibits- check for subjects.
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 323 667-2000
Southwest Museum of the American Indian
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065 323 221-2164
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108-1299 626 405-2191