USC Libraries and KCETLink Launch Video Series
The USC Libraries and KCETLink have partnered to create a series of videos drawing upon the collections of libraries, museums and private archives that make up the LA as Subject research group. The inaugural episodes, titled Incline LA, reveal the history of Angels Flight and other incline railways that once fulfilled an essential transportation function throughout Los Angeles.
The first installment — covering the Angels Flight and Court Flight railways, or funiculars, in downtown LA — premieres today on KCET.org. Future episodes will tell the stories of Mount Washington, Catalina Island and Echo Mountain railways.
“USC supports the global community of scholars who study Los Angeles and Southern California,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries. “This series with KCET will showcase to a wide audience the role of the USC Libraries — as well as that of LA as Subject — as vital resources for understanding Los Angeles’ past, present and future as a Pacific Rim metropolis.”
Collections from the USC Libraries, Los Angeles Public Library and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive appear in the first episode of Incline LA. Subsequent installments will include collections from several other LA as Subject member archives.
“The resources found in USC’s and LA as Subject’s archives have played a vital role in understanding the region’s past and sense of place,” said Zach Behrens, editor-in-chief of blogs for KCETLink. “They have an important place in storytelling and contextualizing today’s news.”
Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries writes and directs the Incline LA series, working with a production team from KCETLink. The USC Libraries are the host institution for the LA as Subject organization, which have collaborated with KCET for more than two years on their Southern California-themed SoCal Focus blog. The first Incline LA episode goes live today at 4 p.m. at kcet.org/laassubject.