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One of the thousands of archival pictures from the History Department's Seaver Center for Western History Research, which tells the story of California and the West. 

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Becoming Los Angeles

NHM's new, permanent exhibition, Becoming Los Angeles, is open!
The exhibition chronicles how people and the land affected each other over 500 years and transformed a remote pueblo into the L.A. we know today.
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About the History Department

The History Department is committed to preservation, research, and public access that enable people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests to understand and appreciate the history and culture of California and the West, with an emphasis on Southern California.

Researchers are encouraged to use the History collections for scholarly, personal, or commercial use according to the policies and procedures for each of the collection areas listed below. 

Though the subject areas of these sections frequently overlap, the History Department collections are administered according to format: