NEH Supports Digitization of Historic L.A. Photography Collection

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With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USC Libraries are digitizing historic photos of 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles from the "Dick" Whittington Collection. With the recent launch of the new USC Digital Library site, we'll be sharing images from the Whittington collection that reveal previously hidden aspects of Southern California's visual history.

The project, which launched in July of 2011, is scheduled to conclude in June of 2013. To date, the libraries have digitized more than 30,000 photographs from the Whittington collection. In the coming months, we will be making them available via the USC Digital Library, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. You can learn more about the collection and browse photographs on the USC Digital Library.

Here are a few select images from the project:

1928 photograph of chariot races at the Southern California Fair.

Commercial photograph created for the Graf Zeppelin's historic 1929 round-the-world flight, which was partly funded by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in exchange for media coverage rights.

Whittington studio photographers captured much of the lost industrial and commercial history of Los Angeles. This 1931 photo shows a warehouse at 722 Aliso Street, near Alameda Street and the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

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