Thanks to a recent NHPRC grant, USC Libraries archivists are processing the papers of mid-century architect Edward H. Fickett FAIA. The project will make available a wealth of historic photographs and drawings revealing Fickett's vision for buildings that have become emblems of Southern California architecture and mid-century living. Keep reading for 1954 photographs of the Hollywood Riviera apartments by George de Gennaro and the latest project updates.
The USC Libraries have added 36 new electronic resources to support USC's teaching and research needs. Keep reading to learn more about the recently acquired e-resources, accessible to USC students, faculty, and staff through the E-Resources tab on the USC Libraries homepage.
The Scout Report, a weekly publication of the Internet Scout Project, recently highlighted the USC Digital Library's WPA Maps Collection. The Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency, conducted the land use surveys in the 1930s on behalf of the City of Los Angeles' planning department. The physical maps are today preserved at the Huntington Library, but in 2004 the USC Libraries partnered with the Huntington to digitize the maps and make them publicly accessible through the USC Digital Library. "Urban historians and geographers," writes editor Max Grinnell, "will be delighted to explore this collection, and it is quite a find."
The USC Libraries have added 33 new electronic resources to support USC's teaching and research needs. By mid-July, USC students, faculty, and staff will be able to access to the new databases, electronic journals, and other digital resources through the E-Resources tab on the USC Libraries homepage.
In honor of Earth Day, take a journey through the planet's seven continents with selected photographs from the USC Digital Library. Keep reading to begin the photo tour.
Victor Wellington Peters, who at 108 is USC’s oldest living alumnus, returned to his alma mater November 15 for a special tour of the USC Libraries’ Korean Heritage Library. In 2006, Peters donated archives from his time as a missionary in Japanese-occupied Korea to the USC Libraries. Keep reading to learn more about Peters and to see photos from his visit to the Korean Heritage Library.
As part of its From the USC Libraries series, the USC Chronicle recently featured a nineteenth century French board game from the USC Libraries' Special Collections. The game, Le Monde a Vol d’Oiseau: Jeu de Societé Instructif, was published in 1895. Dan Knapp's article from the Chronicle appears after the jump.
This seventh installment in a series exploring the many USC Libraries looks inside the Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs (VKC Library), an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and other scholars of the applied social sciences. Located in the basement of the Von KleinSmid Center, the VKC Library houses specialized collections in disciplines ranging from political science to urban planning, and also serves as an official depository for government documents of the United States, State of California, and European Union.
Stop by the Intellectual Commons in Doheny Library at 12 p.m. on April 15th to learn more about the innovative HyperCities project. Tara McPherson, co-director of USC’s Center for Transformative Scholarship (CTS) will moderate a discussion among USC College history professor (and CTS co-director) Phil Ethington, UCLA history professor Todd Presner, and Leta Hunt of the USC Libraries. Ethington and Presner work with a team of scholars and developers on the HyperCities project, which is creating a collaborative research and educational platform for traveling back in time to explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The project is developing content for: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Rome, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tehran, Saigon, Toyko, Shanghai, Seoul, and numerous other world cities. The event is presented by USC's Center for Transformative Scholarship. Keep reading for more details.
The USC Chronicle recently featured the libraries' rare map of the New World, created by mapmakers Geraldo Valk and his son Leonardo during the 17th century. The map famously depicts California as an island, showing how people viewed North and South America during the 17th and 18th centuries. Very few copies of the Valk Map survive in the collections of U.S. universities. Keep reading for more images and Dan Knapp's article.