Foto East L.A.

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Foto East LA

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Foto East LA is a project to create an online collection of images depicting the history of one of the nation’s most culturally rich communities. From everyday events to extraordinary moments, we’re gathering historical images taken by locals—just like you—who have experienced East LA firsthand.

From April to June 2013, Foto East LA held 13 photo scanning days in County of Los Angeles Public Libraries (East Los Angeles, El Camino Real, City Terrace, and Anthony Quinn Libraries), East Los Angeles Service Center, and with the Maravilla Community Advisory Committee. Thank you to the donors who contributed photos to our collection.

On July 27, 2013, we held a Launch Party with Pop-Up Gallery at the East Los Angeles Library. Over 100 people attended to view selected photos from the collection while enjoying entertainment for the whole family.

Do you have photos of East Los Angeles prior to 1980? Submit your photos online any time by filling out the form below.

Don’t have access to a scanner? Contact us for information about making an appointment at 562.940.8458, or digitalprojects@library.lacounty.gov

This project was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Photo credit from R Line Car on the front page: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive. Photographer Alan Weeks.


Photo Submission

Foto East LA, a community history project of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, is collecting images that capture the community’s rich history before 1980. We’re gathering images of everyday life in East LA taken by locals—just like you—who have experienced East LA firsthand.

  • Images of everyday life: Birthdays, family celebrations, local shops, schools and public transportation.
  • Places: Buildings that have stayed the same, changed or no longer exist; street scenes from the past; and local landmarks.
  • Activities: Performances, parades, protests, cultural events and everything in between.
  • People: Neighborhood VIP’s, prominent local families, clubs and organizations, and public figures visiting East LA.

Be part of the collection. Share your photos by filling out the form below.

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Photo Collection

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Foto East LA Photo Online Submission

Submit up to two images at a time using this form. If you have more to share, please fill out the form again, or contact us to discuss. If you don’t have access to a scanner, contact us to arrange an appointment.

We prefer at least 300 dpi scanning resolution. We accept JPG images at this time (maximum size: 10 MB)

  • Information will not be shared
  • Donor Agreement - Terms & Conditions

    By accepting the Terms and Conditions, you authorize the LA County Library to digitize material you have provided and use it as they deem appropriate. In donating the digital material, it will be made available for use by the LA County Library under the “Fair Use” doctrine, of the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) in an online collection. Additionally, the material may be used inside the library by the public, in future exhibitions, for online web pages, publications, and educational activities. You authorize the LA County Library, at its discretion, to provide digital copies of this material to interested parties. The Library reserves the right to dispose of digital images or items, which, in its judgment, are no longer a benefit to the LA County Library.
  • Photo # 1

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    mm/dd/yy or "circa 1950" or "1960s" or "before 1970" or "after 1956"
  • Street Address, Cross streets or Neighborhoods
  • Describe event or occasion, people included, and notable buildings or streets.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Photo # 2

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    mm/dd/yy or "circa 1950" or "1960s" or "before 1970" or "after 1956"
  • Street Address, Cross streets or Neighborhoods
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Thank you for contributing to FOTO East LA

    Your photos will be reviewed and if they meet the criteria, they will be added to the Foto East LA online collection.
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