Scope of the Archive

The UCLA Library Online Campaign Literature Archive collects websites which meet the following criteria:

  • Sites must be devoted to a specific election, not an ongoing organization or cause.
  • Sites must be about candidates or measures who appear on the ballot.
  • Elections for executive and legislative offices are collected, not judicial.
  • Legislative candidates must be from districts which are substantially within Los Angeles County.
  • State elections gathered include U.S. congressmen, California state-wide offices and measures, and California state legislators. (Note: Presidential election sites are excluded because they are being captured by the Library of Congress.)
  • Municipal elections gathered include those associated with Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica, the City of Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and any special districts that substantially overlap those cities (school districts, water districts, etc).
  • Election sites must be discrete, wholly contained within a single domain or directory which is not shared with other material.
  • Election sites must be capable of being captured as static html. In practice this means that we do not collect sites which our software is unable to handle, for whatever reason.

Exceptions are made for elections which may be of special interest to UCLA students and researchers.

The collection parameters for the print material in the UCLA Library Campaign Literature Archive are less clearly defined and have often changed throughout the years. Much of the collection's scope has been determined by the location and political affiliations of various library staff, whose contributions are the primary source of materials for the collection. In recent years, the print collection scope has shifted to match that of the web collection, with the notable addition of presidential campaign materials.

Technical Notes

In the archived websites, external links may no longer function. Server-side scripts and applets which may have been part of the websites are not supported, thus some forms which appear on the pages may not actually function.

Print documents were scanned at 300 dpi and saved in uncompressed formats for long-term preservation. A separate scan was made at 150 dpi and saved in a compressed format for web presentation. These 150 dpi images were combined into Adobe pdf files for ease of use.

Consult the metadata associated with each website or scanned item to determine further information. Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions to the CRIS Computer Resource Specialist.


Researchers are advised to follow traditional citation guidelines for websites, pages, and articles (i.e., author, title of article, title of periodical/website, date and place of publication, etc.). Citation to the work's appearance in the Online Campaign Literature Archive should read: "Archived in the UCLA Library Online Campaign Literature Archive at" Because specific web pages within the collection may not be assigned persistent URLs, any attempt to link to a specific page citation may not result in the retrieval of the desired page.

Copyright and Takedown

The UCLA Library has made every effort to determine the information related to copyright and other restrictions in our collections, however, the nature of historical and archival collections means that copyright and other information may be difficult or impossible to determine. The Library offers broad public access to our collections as a contribution to education and scholarship. Some of the digitized printed ephemera and many, if not all, of the websites in the collection and elements incorporated into the websites are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). The materials may also be subject to publicity rights, privacy rights, or other legal interests. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Researchers should consult the sites themselves for information about rights, contacts, and permissions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with those persons desiring to use the item(s).

If you are a copyright owner of or otherwise have exclusive control over materials presently available through this collection and do not wish your materials to be available through this website, please contact the UCLA Library Online Campaign Literature Archive.

Creators: Gabriella Gray and Scott Martin
Date: 2003-07-30
Preferred Citation:

Gray, G., & Martin, S. (2003). UCLA Online Campaign Literature Archive: About the Archive. Retrieved from