L.A. Times Highlights TICOR/Pierce Collection
An article by Larry Harnisch in today's Los Angeles Times profiles C.C. Pierce, a photographer whose work is publicly accessible through the USC Digital Library. As Harnisch writes, Pierce arrived in Los Angeles in 1886 and began documenting the city's history with his lens. Pierce's photos capture street scenes, landmarks, and moments of life in Southern California from the 1880s to the 1940s, a period that witnessed dramatic changes in the region's cultural and physical landscape.
In 1941, Pierce sold his collection of glass negatives and prints to the Title Insurance and Trust Co. (TICOR). They were later given to the California Historical Society and today are on long-term loan to the USC Libraries, which, Harnisch writes, "undertook the monumental task of digitizing the images." According to the libraries' Dace Taube, nearly all of the TICOR/Pierce collection has been digitized and made publicly accessible through the USC Digital Library.