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.
Ku Klux Klan parade, Panorama City, California, September 15, 1966. Children on bicycles watch as Ku Klux Klan members drive south down Van Nuys Boulevard. Photographer and Donor: Ralph Samuels. San Fernando Valley Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Looking north towards what is now Chatsworth Street and Sepulveda Boulevard. In the distance, the San Fernando Mission is visible, surrounded by open land. circa 1920. 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.
Interior view of two workers on the assembly line at the General Motors plant in Van Nuys, circa 1960. The General Motors assembly plant opened in 1947 and was one of the San Fernando Valley's first attempts to progress from agriculture into large industry. When in full production, the plant employed 3,500 workers and helped to expand industrial, commercial, and residential development. San Fernando Valley Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital library.
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.
The Brand family butler serving beverages on the tennis courts at El Miradero, circa 1910. The estate was bequeathed to the City of Glendale, and by 1956 the mansion had been converted into the Brand Library. In the 1960s, the City funded an addition to the library which created space for an art center. Glendale Central Public Library. 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.