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    Section 8 housing in Sylmar, California, February 3, 1984. Sylmar residents initially resisted the construction of large apartment and condominium complexes during the 1980s because they worried that schools, emergency services, and area resources would not keep pace with a rapid population increase, and that the community's suburban atmosphere might be endangered. Robert and Betty Franklin Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Van Nuys Rotary-Gram newsletter, May 19, 1954. The Van Nuys Rotary Club was organized and chartered in 1925 to promote commerce and community service. This page of the weekly four-page newsletter, edited by Bruce Jones, features the Valley Municipal Building, the administrative center of the San Fernando Valley. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Ivan and Elke Forbes with their wind turbine, 1984. The turbine was built by Solar World Energy Systems. More sturdy than a conventional windmill, the turbine generated electricity for the couple's Sylmar home on windy days through a standard power line. The turbine was only one of several measures the Forbes took to make their home more energy-efficient. Robert and Betty Franklin Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital library.

    These fans, which bear the message, "I'M A FAN OF VALLEY CITYHOOD," were distributed by Valley VOTE during the 2002 campaign to create a new city out of the Los Angeles communities of the San Fernando Valley. Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Stork and baby promotional plaque representing Owensmouth, the newest town in the San Fernando Valley, March 30, 1912. This plaque was given to prospective buyers by land developers on the opening day of land sales in Owensmouth. The new town was named Owensmouth in anticipation of the water being brought from the Owens Valley via the Los Angeles Aqueduct. In 1931, the town was renamed Canoga Park. West Valley Museum. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Program for Biennial General Federation of Women's Club Memorial Service, Hollywood Bowl, June 8, 1924. Event co-sponsored by the various women's clubs of Los Angeles including the women's clubs of the San Fernando Valley. Canoga Park Women's Club Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Page from a city directory for Mission Hills, circa 1964. Features photograph of the entrance to Memory Garden, located on Brand Boulevard, an advertisement for Sizzler restaurant on Sepulveda Boulevard at Devonshire Street, and lists local sports facilities for Mission Hills. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    The Chosen Valley of the Little Landers, Los Angeles Evening Express, May 3, 1913. William E. Smythe started the movement known as "Little Lands." This advertisement beckons prospective colony members with inexpensive quarter-acre plots, soft water, "high social and intellectual life" and all the enticements of country living. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    William Ellsworth Smythe, founder of a social movement known as "Little Landers" worked with George W. Harris and Marshall Valentine Hartranft to build the "Los Terrenitos" or the "Little Lands" Colony in 1913. Smythe and his disciples believed that any man could support himself and his family on a single acre of irrigated land.The Colony struggled through economic recession and by 1920 had ceased to exist. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Pioneer Women's Club members, Edna Leetham in Mrs. McGroarty's Italian embroidered dress and Ethel Kramer in Grandma McReynolds white linen dress, circa 1930s. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Exterior view of the Cody Theater, located at 303 S. Brand Boulevard, San Fernando, 1923. The movie advertised on the theater's marquee is Grumpy (1923) starring prolific silent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, Theodore Roberts. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Cover of a program from the Chatsworth Methodist Church's "Pioneer Jubilee" March 9, 1958 celebrations. The church's appointment of the first pastor was 1888. The Jubilee celebration marked the church's 70th year in existence. The church building that held the celebration was built in 1903 and was located at 10051 Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Chatsworth United Methodist Church. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    John Steven and Ida Lubrecht McGroarty, circa 1915. John Steven McGroarty was Poet Laureate of the State of California 1933-1934, and represented Los Angeles in the US House of Representatives from 1935 to 1939. He authored the Mission Play, which romanticized McGroarty's former home in the Verdugo Hills. The McGroarty's Tujunga home now houses the McGroarty Arts Center, part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Front page of Voz Fronteriza, February 1977. Founded in 1975, this quarterly Chicana/o student newspaper is an official campus print media of the University of California, San Diego. The cover show a group of people protesting the Bakke decision, an important Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action. Rodolfo Acuña Papers. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.

    The Valley

    Greetings From San Fernando Valley California 1950s

    Pink Motel, 1946, Sun Valley California just a hope skip and jump from the city of san fernando where i grew up

    Vintage Map?: California as an island ? From an old map, created when California was believed to be an island.

    Portrait of Catarina and Caroline Pico, circa 1855. Catarina was a ward of General Andres Pico. In 1874 she married Romulo Pico, the son of General Andres Pico. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Class photograph at a school in Calabasas, 1933. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

    Sherman Way and Mason Avenue looking east, 1938. The Los Angeles River Flood in 1938 was one the worst floods in Southern California history. When the Big Tujunga Wash levee broke, seventy-seven of its spreading basins were destroyed, telephone and electrical power were shut down, and bridges all over the Valley were washed out. Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.