Thanks to a recent NHPRC grant, USC Libraries archivists are processing the papers of mid-century architect Edward H. Fickett FAIA. The project will make available a wealth of historic photographs and drawings revealing Fickett's vision for buildings that have become emblems of Southern California architecture and mid-century living. Keep reading for 1954 photographs of the Hollywood Riviera apartments by George de Gennaro and the latest project updates.
Last week's Wonderland Award festivities, which culminated with the Visions & Voices multimedia event Wonderland Unbound, marked the tenth anniversary of the multidisciplinary competition. The Daily Trojan highlighted Wonderland Unbound with an article by Jinny Choi. In conjunction with the Wonderland Award's tenth anniversary, the USC Libraries announced the acquisition of a previously unpublished letter by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). The New York Times, io9, and Smithsonian.com all featured the purchase, made anonymously at a London auction house in March to keep the acquisition a surprise. The USC News website also featured a photo slideshow of the letter, which accompanied an article by Robert Perkins.
A new exhibit in Doheny Library explores the story of the half-million Jewish soldiers who fought for the Soviet military against Nazi Germany during World War II. Presented in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and curated by the Blavatnik Archive Foundation, Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army During World War II opens this Thursday, April 24, on Doheny Library's first floor. A panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. in the Friends Lecture Hall (DML 240) will precede the opening reception at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of Doheny Library. RSVP to Kia Hays at email@example.com.
Congratulate the winners of the first-annual USC Libraries Primary Sources Research Award on Thursday, April 24. Designed to encourage the use of primary source materials from library collections, the award recognizes excellence in an undergraduate USC student paper written as coursework during the 2013 calendar year. Light refreshments will be served at the award reception, which begins at noon in Doheny Memorial Library room 206. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the third year in a row, USC graduate student Andrew Woodham took first prize in the USC Libraries Wonderland Award competition. His submission this year, “Lewis Carroll Through Two Lenses” is a photographic collage and meditation on the complex life and career of Charles Dodgson, the author more commonly known as Lewis Carroll. Keep reading to learn more about the Tenth-Annual Wonderland Award contest.
The USC Libraries acquired a rare 3-page letter from author Lewis Carroll at a March 19 auction in London. The USC Libraries bid anonymously to surprise longtime supporters and founders of the libraries' Cassady Lewis Caroll Collection, Dr. George Cassady and his wife Linda. Dean Catherine unveiled the letter before an audience of 350 students at last night's Wonderland Unbound Visions and Voices event. Keep reading for more details.
Students from USC and other eligible universities have submitted 49 entries in the Tenth-Annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award competition. We will announce the winners at an award reception this Thursday, April 17. Join us in the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240) at 7:00 p.m. to browse through the imaginative submissions and congratulate the winners. Then stay for Wonderland Unbound, a massive multimedia installation that will transform the facade of Doheny Library through the art of projection mapping and digital animation. Click through for a preview of this year's 20 digital submissions.
Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Here on Libwire, we're sharing occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through to read USC undergraduate Emily Hodgkins' reflections on the Oscar Kohnstamm papers.
The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the USC Libraries and the L.A. as Subject research alliance a grant to develop a residency program that will support archival education among Los Angeles community archives. The grant is part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program, which funds training of early-career librarians to manage emerging challenges in libraries and librarianship. Keep reading to learn more about the residency program.
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the GLBT Historical Society are continuing to process collections as part of the CLIR-funded project, Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project. Keep reading for an update from ONE archivist Kyle Morgan about the latest collections uncovered by this 2-year project.