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    Article from the Daily Sundial, May 2, 1972. Dr. Benjamin Spock, pediatrician, pacifist, and presidential candidate for the People's Party, spoke at the 1972 California Political Forum held at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN). The article outlines various aspects of his political platform, including: a minimum income for all Americans; healthcare for all; a withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed around the world; and an end to the death penalty. CSUN University Digital Archives.

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Santa Clarita Valley residents protest planned toxic waste dump, August 13, 1979. This meeting, held at College of the Canyons, presented plans for a proposed $15 million waste treatment site off Highway 14. The proposed site intended to accept toxic, explosive, and hazardous substances such as pesticides, acids, cleaning fluids, heavy metals, petroleum, and a variety of hazardous chemical mixtures. Robert and Betty Franklin Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Three-dimensional model of the iconic CSUN sculpture, circa 1973. Located at the corner of Nordhoff Sreet and Zelzah Avenue, the sculpture reads the same when viewed from different angles. It was created by then-CSUN art student John Banks. CSUN University Digital Archives.

Portrait of Gen. George B. McClellan, circa 1861. John M. Sell Civil War Collection. Civil War Narratives.

Ray Sence's Farm, circa 1917. Ray Sence was the son of Addison Sence, who was an early pioneer of Burbank. Addison and his family moved to Burbank in 1903. Ray and Addison owned and ran a feed and fuel supply business in Burbank. Later they expanded the business and opened stores in Roscoe, Reseda, and Lancaster. Burbank Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, 1982. Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924-2005) was the first African American woman elected to Congress. She represented New York's 12th Congressional District from 1969-1983. Harry Adams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

Officer Harold Coombs of the Glendale Police Department at the Indian Springs Road fire, circa 1940s.

The Country Cousins Market in the Sunland-Tujunga Area, northeast of the city of Los Angeles, circa 1940s. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Front page of the Daily Sundial, campus newspaper of San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), immediately following the Sylmar Earthquake in February 1971. The front page image is that of thousands of books littering the floor of the old Library. Designated South Library after the completion of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library in 1973, it was demolished following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. CSUN University Digital Archives .

Workmen with shovels and pickaxes at Hogback, California, 1908. Caption on reverse reads "Constructing road Hogs Back near Le Bron." Catherine Mulholland Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Henry Wallace at a Presidential campaign rally on 103rd Central Ave. in Los Angeles, California, 1948. Charles Williams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

Protest at Paramount Pictures, 1962. This protest, sponsored by the Hollywood Race Relations Bureau, features signs that read, "Show Africans other than cannibals;" "Show the Negro as part and parcel of America;" and "Motion Picture Industries wake up." Harry Adams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

Identification page from a World War II-era ration book issued to North Hollywood resident Vincent J. Graziano, circa early 1940s. When nationwide food rationing was instituted in 1942, the US Office of Price Administration produced booklets containing ration stamps that were handed out to every person in order to control the use and distribution of dairy products and other staples. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Advertisement for a lecture program hosted by the Sub-Division of the Russian National Revolutionary Party in Southern California, December 7, 1040. Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles Community Relations Committee Collection. In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California, 1933-1945.

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