In the past year, archivists at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries cataloged 95 collections that document the lives of many pioneering figures in the struggle for LGBTQ equality. Thanks to the NHPRC-supported project, researchers can now access a number of previously hidden archival collections, including A Different Light Bookstore Records, the Antonio Reyes Papers, the Esther Herbert Papers and Photographs, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), and the Molly McKay & Davina Kotulski Scrapbooks. Keep reading for more details and photographs from the newly processed collections.
In a recent story for The Atlantic, Erika Hayasaki quotes Megan Rosenbloom of USC's Norris Medical Library about the "growing 'death movement.'" A librarian who manages the library's history of medicine and rare book collections, Rosenbloom is an organizer of Death Salon, a group of academics, artists, and death-industry professionals who explore themes of mortality and mourning in American culture. Rosenbloom also recently blogged about resuscitation for Lapham's Quarterly, and on October 17 she discussed related themes—and much more—with author Mary Roach as part of a USC Visions and Voices event.
On Saturday, November 2, Lewis Carroll scholars and admirers will assemble inside USC's Doheny Memorial Library for a daylong exploration of how videogame designers, scientists, artists, graphic novelists—and USC students—have transformed the world of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. The USC Libraries are hosting Lewis Carroll Outsiders, the fall 2013 meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, to mark the tenth anniversary of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Keep reading to learn more about the conference.
October 24-27 is Trojan Family Weekend at USC, and Trojan families are invited to see first-hand how the USC Libraries are partners in the academic achievements of USC students. Librarians will lead two guided tours of USC's historic Doheny Memorial Library on Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, and the USC Libraries host an open house in the library's Nazarian Pavilion on Friday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trojan families are also invited to audit Los Angeles: A Polymathic Inquiry Guided by the Writings of Lewis Mumford, a special class at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study taught by renowned California historian Kevin Starr. Click through for a full listing of events, including dates, times, and locations.
A new book by the USC Libraries' Ruth Wallach explores the history and architectural legacy of L.A.'s Miracle Mile district. Published by History Press, Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture features images from the USC Libraries' Special Collections and includes a detailed, block-by-block walking tour of the Miracle Mile's most significant architecture. Keep reading to learn more about the book and Wallach's previous publishing credits.
On Thursday, October 24, the USC Libraries and the Graduate Student Government (GSG) will present a workshop, "Digital Graduate Student: Multimedia Tools for Research and Professional Development" from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in Leavey Library Learning Room B. Keep reading to learn more about the workshop.
Students: the USC Libraries are adding at least 300 Spanish-language e-books to their permanent collection and need your help making the selections. The first 15 USC students who recommend ten or more titles from the Digitalia Hispanica collection that are added to the libraries' permanent e-book collection will receive a USC Libraries t-shirt or tote bag. Contact librarian Barbara Robinson of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies for more information. Keep reading for instructions on how to participate.
USC's Doheny Memorial Library hosts the 8th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on Saturday, October 12, 2013. As in past years, more than 80 libraries, museums, archives, private collectors, and other L.A. as Subject members are expected to participate, exhibiting rare materials from their collections. The event, organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For details and programming highlights, please visit the L.A. as Subject website or download this PDF poster.
In today's edition of the Daily Trojan student newspaper, Deena Khattab profiles Michaela Ullmann, exile studies librarian at the USC Libraries. For Ullmann, Khattab writes, "every day is an adventure into the lives of World War II era German exiles." In her story, Khattab highlights Ullmann's efforts to bring undergraduate students and Special Collections materials together, including her leadership in creating a Primary Sources Research Award. “Many undergraduate students don’t know that they are more than welcome to come and work with these materials," Ullmann tells Khattab. “We’re trying to get rid of their fear of the unknown.”
Nine travel narratives written by women and from the USC Libraries' Special Collections are now on display on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Titled Women of the World: A Travel Perspective, the exhibit features nine rare books published between 1789 and 1889. Stop by the Special Collections display case on Doheny Library's second floor to see the exhibit.