The USC Libraries are accepting submissions for the USC Libraries Primary Sources Research Award through Tuesday, January 20. Designed to encourage the use of primary source materials from library collections, the award recognizes excellence in USC student papers and essays written as coursework during the 2014 calendar year. There are four prizes: $1,000 for the first-place graduate student submission and $400 for the second-place entry; and $500 for the first place undergraduate submission and $200 for the second-place entry. Winners will be announced at an award reception on April 7. For full rules and guidelines, please refer to this LibGuide.
The current issue of Frontiers magazine highlights the role of on the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries in preserving the history of Los Angeles' LGBT artists and activists. As part of an extensive cover package on L.A.'s LGBT history, the magazine featured eleven photos from the ONE Archives' collections. Find the photos on pages 30 and 31 of Frontiers' August 7-20, 2014, issue or in this online slideshow.
USC Dornsife professors Dave Bottjer (earth sciences) and Sarah Bottjer (neurobiology) make a special visit every year to the USC Libraries to view one of the crown jewels of the collections: John James Audubon’s Birds of America.
Thanks to a generous grant from The GRAMMY Foundation®, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently preserved and digitized nearly 200 hours of audio recordings from early LGBTQ activists, researchers, and other pioneers. The recordings are now available via the USC Digital Library. Keep reading for more details about the project and links to the recordings.
The Getty Foundation recently awarded ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries a research grant to develop a retrospective exhibition on the Mexican-American artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, LA/LA aims to take a fresh look at vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin America art. Keep reading for more details about the exhibition.
On April 17, 2014, the USC Libraries and USC Visions and Voices presented Wonderland Unbound, a massive multimedia installation that celebrated the tenth anniversary of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Hunting of the Snark, and rare materials from the USC Libraries' Special Collections came alive on the facade of Doheny Library through the magic of projection mapping and digital animation.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, KFWB is re-airing historic recordings of its news coverage that day, which were recently discovered in the USC Libraries' Allan Hancock Foundation Collection. Unheard since their original broadcast, the recordings were restored and digitized with generous support from USC alumnus Ken Hayashida. Listen live to KFWB 980 or KNX 1070 on Friday, June 6 (two long features will be repeated throughout the day), or find the recordings here on the KFWB website.
Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Here on Libwire, we're sharing occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through to read USC undergraduate Emily Hodgkins' reflections on the Reich and Hayman family papers.
Two undergraduate students utilizing testimonies from the USC Shoah Visual History Archive earned the top prizes for papers submitted to the first-annual USC Libraries Research Award competition, which encourages the use of primary source materials in student research.
International Relations major Nitya Ramanathan took the first prize with her paper entitled How Do We Put Ourselves Back Together? An Analytical Comparison between Transitional Justice in Rwanda and South Africa. History major Diem-Tran Nguyen took second place with The Paradoxical Treatment of Male Homosexual Prisoners During the Holocaust. Both papers were submitted as part of Professor Wolf Gruner's course.
A new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library utilizes the libraries’ Arthur Mansback papers to highlight the upcoming centennial of the “War to End All Wars.” The Mansback papers form part of the Military Archival Collections in Special Collections, and consist of letters, postcards, telegrams, photographs, training materials, and printed ephemera written and collected by Private Mansback on his tour in France during the second half of 1918 with the 143rd Field Artillery of the American Expeditionary Forces. Mansback was one of 4 million American soldiers sent to fight overseas.