California State University, Dominguez Hills is located in Carson, a city in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Conceived in 1960 to serve the booming postwar population of the South Bay area, the institution opened as California State College, Palos Verdes in 1965, with classes held on the second floor of a bank building. The college soon moved, first to the temporary Watt Campus, and finally to a permanent site on Dominguez Hill, land which was once part of the historic Rancho San Pedro. The college was renamed California State College, Dominguez Hills, with the first classes held on the permanent site in October, 1968. The college was granted university status in 1977.
This collection contains digitized photographs, slides, negatives, clippings, and architectural drawings representing the school's history from 1960 to the present. It includes images of the different campuses, buildings and their construction, the presidents, administrators, faculty, benefactors and students who have been associated with the university over the years.
The Yearbooks and Publications section contains scanned pages of all campus yearbooks. The first yearbook, Los Gitanos, was published in 1966, and future editions were published intermittently under different names through the 1990s. The Publications section also contains an online version of The Rainbow Years, a history of the university's first twenty-five years, written by Judson Grenier, historian and History Professor Emeritus at CSU Dominguez Hills.