Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the USC Libraries recently made available a wealth of archival materials documenting the prodigious creative efforts of mid-century L.A. architect Edward H. Fickett, FAIA. Fickett's residential projects -- including single-family homes and apartment buildings like the Sunset Lanai -- dot the Southland, and he is also well-known for his design projects at Dodger Stadium, Edwards Air Force Base, and the Port of Los Angeles. You can now find a selection of photographs and drawings of his buildings via the USC Digital Library and Historypin. Keep reading for more details about the project and the USC Libraries' Fickett collection.
Several USC library locations are open for reduced hours for the university's winter recess through Sunday, January 11. All libraries will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, December 20-21, and again from Thursday, December 25, through Sunday, January 4. Most libraries will also close early on Wednesday, December 24. Please consult the Library Hours page for the most current information.
For this year's holiday greeting, Dean Quinlan invited multimedia artist and USC alumnus Dom Soo, BA '11, to interpret—in 60 seconds of video—a year's worth of discovery at the USC Libraries.
Dom's video embodies the results of his creative engagement with our Trojan libraries.
The USC Libraries are accepting submissions for the USC Libraries Primary Sources Research Award through Tuesday, January 20. Designed to encourage the use of primary source materials from library collections, the award recognizes excellence in USC student papers and essays written as coursework during the 2014 calendar year. There are four prizes: $1,000 for the first-place graduate student submission and $400 for the second-place entry; and $500 for the first place undergraduate submission and $200 for the second-place entry. Winners will be announced at an award reception on April 7. For full rules and guidelines, please refer to this LibGuide.
Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.
What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films profiles four L.A. as Subject collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Produced by the USC Libraries with generous support from Cal Humanities, Monomania L.A. is directed by Joris Debeij and hosted by David Kipen, who also serves as humanities advisor. The first three films were introduced at the October 25 Archives Bazaar (the fourth is currently in production) and the entire series will air later this year on public television station KCET. In the meantime, you can watch the videos online on the L.A. as Subject website.
USC's Doheny Memorial Library hosts the 9th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar this Saturday, October 25. As in past years, some 80 libraries, museums, official 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, runs 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.
Discover the photography of George Hurrell—the legendary photographer who both captured and crafted the classic look associated with Hollywood glamour—in a new exhibition on the ground floor of USC Doheny Memorial Library. Open through December 19, George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour features photographic prints selected by historian Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925–1992. Keep reading to learn about the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on Thursday, October 9.
One might have to look especially close to view a new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Stephanie Cipres, Mario Machorro, and Darlyn Zenteno Aguilar—students working in the Libraries' Special Collections department–have selected for display a number of small items that can comfortably fit in the palm of your hand.