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Portrait of friends
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection;
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and educational use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
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Helen Brown was born in 1915 in Manila, Philippines. Her mother was Filipina and her father was an American who had emigrated to The Philippines to teach English. In 1933 the family immigrated to America. They lived in Arcadia, California and Helen attended Pasadena City College and then UCLA. She earned her Bachelor’s in 1937 and her Master’s in 1939, both from UCLA. She worked as a teacher and married her husband in 1941 in Boulder, CO to work around miscegenation laws. She and her husband both worked in shipyards during WWII. Helen began working as a child welfare and attendance worker for the school district and continued to work in the education system for 34 years. In the late 1960s she joined a group known as Asians Coming together (ACT 1). She also founded the Pilipino American Reading Room and Library (PARRAL) in 1985.
A group of friends at a home in West Arcadia. From left, Joe, Josephine, Virginia, Helen, Julia and Franky.
1 photographic print :b&w ;12 x 17 cm.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Filipino American Community;
S-006-108 120
Living rooms--California--Arcadia
Arcadia (Calif.)
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Shades of L.A. Filipino American photographs
Group portraits
Time Period
Brown, Helen Agcaoili Summers.

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