Institute for Arts and Media

Tom & Ethel Bradley Center

The Institute for Arts & Media has been renamed the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center. The Center has developed an ongoing relationship with the Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation that strengthens and enhances our mission to disseminate the visual history of the region with an emphasis on ethnic minority communities and photographers, promoting research, serving as a center for the exchange of ideas about our visual history, and contributing to the region’s educational efforts through exhibitions, programs, and digital archives. The name change reflects CSUN’s, the Bradley Foundation and our commitment to furthering our goals and presence in the community, region and beyond.

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.


Over 3,500 images are now available in the Harry Adams Online Collection!

Over 700 images, spanning the 1940s –1960s, are available in the Charles Williams Online Collection

Check back often, as images will be added regularly.

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.

View these and other images



Mayor Tom Bradley and the Lone Ranger, Los Angeles, ca. 1965



NAACP welcoming refugees from Louisiana arriving to Los Angeles, 1962



Integration of Baldwin Hills Elementary School, Los Angeles, 1962 (coming soon)


Clips from interview with Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, former member of the United States House of Representatives from California and retired Los Angeles County Supervisor.
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. Check back often to see which interviews are posted.