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 Lisa Ebiner Gavit's reflections on the Schnurmann Family Papers collection.
Librarian Ruth Wallach discusses the history and architecture of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district—the subject of Wallach's new book—in a new series of videos produced by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. The three-part series features Wallach, head of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, in conversation with Greg Goldin, the noted architecture critic who recently co-curated Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum. Click through to watch the videos.
An article in the November 2013 issue of The Public Historian profiles the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, an annual event hosted by the USC Libraries and organized by L.A. as Subject. Part of a special issue devoted to representations of Los Angeles history, the article explains the purpose of the bazaar and recounts how the event is produced each year. Keep reading to learn more about the article, titled "Report from the Field: The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar," or download a PDF copy from JSTOR.
Writing in the Winter 2014 edition of Society of California Archivists Newsletter, USC librarians Elizabeth Namei and Michaela Ullmann profile "a unique collaboration" that incorporated materials from the libraries' Special Collections into orientation sessions for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Held in fall 2013, the sessions introduced the wealth of library services and collections available to the students. They also included a "petting zoo" portion during which students could see rare books and other library materials up close. Click through for the full text of Namei's and Ullmann's article.
The USC Libraries are accepting submissions for the USC Libraries Primary Sources Research Award through Tuesday, January 21. 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. An award reception on April 24 will honor the author of the winning paper, who will receive a $500 prize, and the author of the honorable mention, who will receive a $200 prize. For full rules and guidelines, please see this LibGuide.
Yesterday, the USC Libraries named the finalists for the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which recognizes the best cinematic adaptation of the written word. The award, bestowed annually by the Friends of the USC Libraries, honors both the screenwriter and the author of the original written work. The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, and Deadline Hollywood all covered the Scripter announcement. Keep reading to learn more about the coverage.
The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Spectacular Now, 12 Years a Slave, and What Maisie Knew as finalists for the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Scripter honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author or authors of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. Keep reading to learn more about the finalists and their adaptations.
Opening Friday, January 24, in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, a new exhibition showcases creative ways to visualize and conceptualize the heavens. Collecting the Cosmos features several unique and innovative creations, along with rare items from the USC Libraries' Special Collections. RSVP for the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on January 24 at 5:30 p.m., or keep reading to learn more about the exhibition.
USC librarian Shahla Bahavar was honored today with the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Bahavar, a director within the USC Libraries' public services division and head of USC's Science & Engineering Library, was one of ten librarians to receive the national award this year—and the only honoree from California. Professor Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering nominated Bahavar for the award. Keep reading to learn more about the honor.
In a recent story about the "Great Los Angeles Auto Show Fire of 1929," the New York Times linked to a photograph in the USC Digital Library's Dick Whittington Photography Collection. The 1930 image shows burned automobiles in the A-1 Auto Works yard in Los Angeles. It was recently digitized as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project. The story also mentions that the USC Libraries contributed photographs to historical display panels at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which closed Sunday.