John Spoor Broome Library


Library Rooftop

Filipinos in Ventura County Photo Exhibit

Filipinos in Ventura County postcard

Photos will be on display from Wednesday, October 12, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

View the flier for the Filipinos in Ventura County Photo Exhibit here. (PDF, 2.4MB).

About the Exhibit

CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the Opening of the Filipinos in Ventura County Photo Exhibit on Wednesday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall at the John Spoor Broome Library. The program is sponsored by the CI John Spoor Broome Library, the CI History Program, the CI Kilusan Pilipino Club, and the CI Center for Multicultural Engagement. The program is free and open to the public.

Speakers for the opening program will be CI President Dr. Richard R. Rush; Amy Wallace, Dean of the Library; Elnora Kelly Tayag, Outreach Librarian; Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr., Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, Arizona State University; and Tony Grey, Executive Director, Filipino American Council.

This exhibit will present selections from the new image collection that documents the history of Filipinos in Ventura County dating to the early 1900s and their contributions to the community.  Dr. Jose Alamillo, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at CI's History Program says, "The Filipinos in Ventura County Photo Image Collection is an important resource for students and scholars interested in teaching and researching local history and the Filipino American experience."

The Filipinos in Ventura County photo collection was selected to be digitized by the California State Library's Local History Digital Resources Project.  In addition to project grant funding, the California State Library will also feature the digital collection in Calisphere and the Online Archive of California, both primary source databases that are a consortia of California libraries.  Tayag explains, "I am tremendously excited that this grant has given our photo collection, the local Filipino community, and the John Spoor Broome Library state-wide visibility."  Tayag initiated efforts to collect the images for the library and hopes to expand the collection to eventually include oral histories and ephemera.

Wallace explains, "With the Filipino image collection, our library is creating primary source materials for student research that supports CI's mission of fostering multicultural perspectives and interdisciplinary opportunities for student learning and engagement."

This project is funded in part by grants from the California Council for the Promotion of History and the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the California State Library's Local History Digital Resources Project.

Inquiries regarding the exhibit may be directed to:
Ellie Tayag at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-3140 or