Pasadena City College's digitized materials document the history of what began as Pasadena High School in 1891, reorganized itself under the 6-4-4 educational structure to become a combination high school/junior college in 1924 and finally to the two-year institution of higher learning that we know today. Our collections include digital representations of primarily paper based originals--photographs, yearbooks, campus periodicals, college catalogs, anthologies, scrapbooks, dating back to the late 1800's
Launched in 1953, PCC’s registered nursing program was one of only five pilot programs in the nation to address the need for qualified nurses. The collection includes photographs from its very early days to the present.
Included here are user-contributed mini collections that enrich the Archive’s digital collection. Examples include photographs from PCC alum and older brother of Jackie Robinson, Mack Robinson; a scrapbook from Coralee Burson Davis, one of a select group of women who served in the military during World War II and performed in Tars and Spars, a touring Coast Guard musical production; and a number of PCC family collections.
The collection includes Inscape, and its former title Pipes of Pan, PCC's student-run, literary journal which has been in continuous print since 1943. PRISM, another literary journal published between 1975 and 1984 is the second title in this collection. Lastly, Bool Dawg was created by the campus Cartoon Club in the 1920's and featured drawings, jokes, puns and proverbs.
Dating back to the 1930's this collection includes photographs of field trips in which geology and anthropology students ventured across the Western United States to view firsthand examples of fossils, geological processes and forms.
Pasadena High School's yearbook was first published in 1896 as The Item. In 1917 the title changed to the Chronicle Annual and was available in hard cover. In 1926 when the campus offered 11th-14th grade, the yearbook was titled The Annual, Pasadena High School-Junior College. The next year there were two college campuses and two yearbooks, The Campus and The Pirate. The Campus lasted until 1954 when the yearbook's final name was chosen--The Pageant. The Pageant ceased publication in 1968.
General Photo Collection
Included in this collection is a selection of images that showcase the campus' history.