Southern California Library

Where Making History Is a Struggle

Carrying on Jackie's Legacy

Jaqueline Leavitt

Jaqueline Leavitt

Give a Gift in Jackie's Memory

Jackie Leavitt was a committed scholar, teacher and mentor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, as well as a community activist dedicated to social justice. Her work brought to light the ways in which vulnerable populations managed to live, work, and survive in cities and regions across the globe.

It was Jackie's wish that her books and papers go to the Southern California Library (SCL), where her work and legacy will continue to inform and inspire our communities.  When you make a gift to the Library in Jackie's name, you make it possible for the Library to carry on the work of documenting the work of people like Jackie, to connect resources to educators, and to provide a welcoming space for communities to work together to create change.

Carry On Jackie's Legacy

This slide show includes a selection of materials from the Jackie Leavitt Collection at the Southern California Library. 

Learning from Histories of Struggle

SCL is a community library and archive located in South Los Angeles. Founded over 50 years ago, the Library holds extensive collections of histories of community resistance in Los Angeles and beyond. Everyone is welcome to use the Library's resources to research and put to practice the histories of everyday people working to create change.

We have been increasing our work with educators in K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities to provide access to primary source documents. Jackie's collection is an invaluable addition to these efforts. We also provide space and resources for community groups and residents working to make our communities better places to live for all. Learn more about the Library's history.

About Your Donation

Your donation is 100% tax deductible, and all transactions made on this site are secure. You can also send your gift to the Library by mail to: 6120 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044, or call us at 1-323-759-6063.

If you choose, the Library will send a personalized letter notifying Jackie's brother, Howard Leavitt, that a gift has been made in Jackie's memory; the amount won't be given. We will send you a separate donor slip for tax purposes.

If you have any questions about making a memorial gift, please contact us at