Discover L.A.‘s Electoral History through New Special Collections Exhibit
Just in time for Election Day, a new exhibit in Doheny Memorial Library explores the history of political campaigns in California through rare items from the USC Libraries' special collections. Photographs, pamphlets, buttons, and even an uninflated balloon tell the story of elections in Southern California, from the 1960 presidential election that brought the Democratic National Convention to Los Angeles to USC alumna Yvonne Brathwaite Burke's successful 1992 bid for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
The USC Libraries' special collections include the papers of several prominent L.A.-area politicians, including Burke—the first woman and first African American to serve as an L.A. County supervisor—and Alphonzo Bell, Jr., who represented Los Angeles in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1977. The USC Libraries are also home to Jerry Brown's gubernatorial papers from his 1975–83 tenure as California's governor.
Stop by the special collections display case on the second floor of Doheny Library to see the new exhibit.