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Seaver Center for Western History Research

The Seaver Center for Western History Research is the two-dimensional and flat objects collection area of the History Department.

Our purpose is to collect, preserve, and make available to the general public research materials documenting the history of the trans-Mississippi West, with special emphasis on Southern California and Los Angeles.

Historic records include manuscript materials, books, serials, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, posters, prints, and photographs.


Due to COVID-19, we are currently closed to research visits.  Please contact the Seaver Center at seavercenter@nhm.org to discuss your research interests.  There may be ways we can provide the information you need without an in-person visit. 

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