The Institute for Arts and Media has over one million images produced by Los Angeles-based photographers that document the social, cultural and political lives of minorities in Los Angeles and the Southern California region between the 1930s to the present. The archives represent one of the largest collections of African American photographers west of the Mississippi and the most extensive collection in Southern California. Outside of Los Angeles is coverage of the wars in El Salvador and Honduras, the Afro-Columbian community Palenque de San Basilio (near Cartagena), Cuba, the Masai and the Maya refugee camps in Mexico. The Institute is developing a Border Studies Collection with oral histories, video, and photographs documenting border issues and economic violence in Mexico. There is extensive documentation of the United Farmworkers organization and César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, Gibert Padilla, Luis Valdez and other leaders of the union and its members. Also included are images of the San Fernando Valley.