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About this collection

Pasadena Museum of History (PMH) is located on the Fenye’s Mansion grounds on Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. PMH maintains the area’s largest and most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts related to the history of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel valley. The ever-expanding collection spans years from 1834 to the present.

Pasadena Museum of History’s Black History Collection is comprised of photographs, letters, family records, property deeds, and other materials revealing history of African-American community in Pasadena. This collection was a result of a documentary, Changing Rose, created by PMH in 1984. Robin Kelley, an American historian, interviewed black community members and collected photographs and memorabilia for the documentary, which make up the bulk of the collection. Many of these materials date from the early 20th century, and shed light on a less-visible period in African-American life prior to the second Great Migration. The collection tells the stories and struggles of black citizens who either migrated or grew up in Pasadena. The interview tapes in this collection were digitized as a part of California Revealed Project and can be accessed here. PMH staff chose to digitize only the materials that they have explicit copyrights to. 

Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USC Libraries are digitizing this collection for public access as part of the L.A. as Subject Community Histories Digitization Project. 

 
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