In hopes of learning more about Los Angeles' past, Cal State Northridge's Oviatt Library will use a $21,500 grant to preserve and make accessible to researchers historical records from the United Way of Los Angeles.
The United Way Collection documents the period from 1920 to 1962 and details the history of charitable giving and shifting needs in Los Angeles during those years.
"The collection can give us insight into the idea of communities helping each other in the times of need and stress during the history of our city," said Robert Marshall, director of CSUN's Urban Archive Center, where the collection will be housed.
The grant was awarded by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.
The collection includes documents from the Welfare Federation of Los Angeles Area (1924-62); the Los Angeles Community Chest (1932-62); and the Los Angeles War Chest (1942-47).
"These records can show us who was targeted to give money and what groups were receiving this money," said Carmen Ramos Chandler, director of news and information at CSUN.