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.
Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Beginning with this post, we'll share occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through for Emily Hodgkins' thoughts on the Julius Berstl Collection.
Author and USC University Professor Leo Braudy will be the featured speaker at the December 2 Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Evening. Braudy will read from his new autobiographical work, Trying to be Cool: Growing up in the 1950s. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study space (Doheny Library, Room 241), followed by the reading at 6:00 p.m. RSVP online by November 29. For more information, please contact Amber Dubeshter at (213) 821-1642.
The Los Angeles Times has featured the Bay Psalm Book's visit this week to USC's Doheny Memorial Libary. "A copy of the first book printed in the Americas, worth an estimated $15 million to $30 million, will be auctioned by Sotheby's later this month," the Times' Carolyn Kellogg wrote. "But first, it gets a showing at USC." The USC Libraries and Sotheby's hosted a reception and viewing last night. The book—printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and valued from $15 million to $30 million—will be on display again today, Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Doheny Library's first-floor foyer.
As part of a NEH-funded project, the USC Libraries are digitizing nearly 40,000 negatives from the "Dick" Whittington Collection. Many of these negatives are at-risk, so this project restores a portion of the vanishing visual record of Los Angeles during the 1920s and 1930s. Keep reading to learn more about the project and view newly restored images of L.A. landmark Griffith Observatory under construction in 1933 and 1934.
The first book printed in British North America will be on display in USC's Doheny Memorial Library on Wednesday, November 13, and Thursday, November 14.. Printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640, the volume is one of only 11 copies to survive. The USC Libraries and Sotheby's, which will soon auction off the book, host a reception on November 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Doheny Library's first-floor foyer. RSVP online or by calling 213-821-1642. The book will be back on display on Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
At its November 3 awards gala, the California Library Association (CLA) honored the USC Libraries with its 2013 Public Relations Excellence Best in Show Award for the Mosely Snowflake Fractal and related communications and programming. The CLA previously announced in June that the USC Libraries had won an award for its project type and budget size, but the Best in Show prize recognizes the project as the overall outstanding entry. Keep reading to learn more about the Mosely Snowflake Fractal.
A new exhibit of photographs, news clippings, leaflets, and other materials from the USC University Archives documents the creative — and sometimes destructive — hijinks inspired by USC's interscholastic rivalries. Among USC's earliest rivals was Occidental College; in 1919, USC students kidnapped Occidental's mascot, a stuffed tiger. In more recent times, rivalries with UCLA and the University of Notre Dame have sparked playful pranks. In 1958, the Daily Trojan's managing editor oversaw the production of a fake edition of the Daily Bruin, which Trojan students then distributed across UCLA's Westwood campus. Stop by the the Special Collections display case on Doheny Library's second floor to see the exhibit.
In honor of Halloween, we present thirteen vintage costumes, photographically preserved in the USC Libraries' Los Angeles Examiner Collection. Click through for the rest of the costumes, and explore more Halloween-related photos from the collection through the USC Digital Library.
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.