This collection of historical imagery of areas in Los Angeles and surrounding counties dates back to the 1930s and 1940s (1927 to 1947). The Watson collection came to the Library as part of the gift from the Teledyne Foundation in 1986, and includes imagery in print and transparent film formats as well as postcard images and advertising stills. Most of the Watson aerial photography is large scale (greater than 1:10,000) and primarily covers particular locations in Los Angeles County, as well as a few locations in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
The University Archives photographs collection is comprised of photographs culled from other collections in the University Archives. The dates of the photographs range from the 1890s to the present, with the majority being black and white photos from the 1920s and 1950s. The subjects covered include all aspects of the UCSB campuses and academic and student life.