Institute for Arts and Media

Tom & Ethel Bradley Center

The Institute for Arts & Media has been renamed the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center.

The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center has over one million images produced by Los Angeles-based photographers that document the social, cultural and political lives of the diverse communities of Los Angeles and the Southern California region between the 1910s and the present. The archives contain one of the largest collections of African American photographers west of the Mississippi and the most extensive collection in Southern California.

In addition are the collections of Edward Alfano; David Blumenkrantz, documenting various regions of Africa; Herb Carleton, covering the San Fernando Valley; Emmon Clarke, containing extensive documentation of the United Farmworkers organization and César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, Gibert Padilla, Luis Valdez and other leaders of the union and its members; and Richard Cross, that documents the wars in El Salvador and Honduras, the Afro-Columbian community Palenque de San Basilio (near Cartagena), Cuba, the Masai and the Maya refugee camps in Mexico.

The Bradley Center has a Border Studies Collection that examines the issues surrounding the border between the United States and Mexico. Through photographic collections, oral histories, manuscripts, videos, newspaper archives and guest lectures issues such as immigration, human rights, globalization, and economic violence are examined.



View over 5,000 images from the Harry Adams Collection.

As a photojournalist for the Los Angeles Sentinel, for over 28 years, Adams captured daily life, social movements, protests, civil rights leaders, City Hall leaders, musicians and many notable moments in the African American community.  He documented visits from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy; events with Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King, Rev. Maurice Dawkins; Tom Bradley and his journey to become Mayor of Los Angeles; baseball player Jackie Robinson; community and political activists Rev. H. H. Brookins; Congresswoman Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke; Muhammad Ali; civil rights leader Dr. H. Claude Hudson (founder of the NAACP); Jude Loren Miller and many more.

The Bradley Center is completing a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, digitizing over 17,000 images from photographers Charles Williams, Harry Adams, and Guy Crowder. The images document the African American community in post-World War II Los Angeles and will be made available online through CSUN’s Oviatt Library’s Digital Collections.

Copyright. The items in the Harry Adams Collections are made available for educational purposes. Commercial use of works that are not in the public domain is strictly prohibited by law without prior written consent from the copyright holder(s). The responsibility for the use of these materials rests exclusively with the user.


New Oral History Video Clip

Clip from interview with Civil Rights activist and former executive secretary for the Western Christian Leadership Conference Gwen Green. Mrs. Green worked with Dr. King, Hosea Williams, Harry Belafonte, Andrew Young and Sammy Davis Jr. In this segment she discusses the power of nonviolent protest and the fear that accompanies it. 
As part of our NEH grant to digitize the collection, the Bradley Center is conducting interviews with community members about growing up and living in Los Angeles during the Civil Rights Movement. We will be posting clips from these interviews as they are available.