[Los Angeles. 1969]. iv,36pp. Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers. Minimal edge wear, minor occasional toning. Near fine. Item #WRCAM55761
A rare business directory intended for use by the African-American community of Los Angeles at the end of the turbulent 1960s. It follows the first issue published for the summer of 1969, and appears to be the second and last volume in the series. The cover touts the directory as the "Most Complete & First of Its Kind," then lists the four publishers: E. Cavin, J. Hathman, F. Brown, and R. Ferguson. The directory itself contains listings for a wide variety of businesses, presented alphabetically by business type. They range from "Accountants - Certified" to "Youth Organizations & Centers." As with most other directories, the listings are interspersed with advertisements for a plethora of area businesses, including Medallion Printers & Lithographers (a black-owned business that may have printed the directory), Bell's Catering, Crenshaw Escrow Corporation, Kelsey's Termite & Pest Control, Willie Green's Travel Service, and numerous others. The inner rear wrapper is an advertisement for Capitol Records that is simply a one-line quote from Eldridge Cleaver on a black background, reading "the price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less." We could locate no copies of this ephemeral directory in institutional holdings. OCLC reports just three copies of the first volume of this series published for the summer of 1969, at the New York Public Library, the Bancroft Library, and the University of Southern California. OCLC 28610629 (ref).