As preparations continue for the 9th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, held this Saturday, October 25, in Doheny Memorial Library, several library spaces will be temporarily closed. The Los Angeles Times Reference Room and Peridocials Reading Room will both be closed Thursday through Saturday. In addition, the Intellectual Commons (room 233) and the Friends Lecture Hall (room 240) will be closed on Saturday itself. While these temporary closures are in effect, please use other library study spaces, including the Academy for Polymathic Study (room 241) and the nearby VKC Library. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you can celebrate Southern California's diverse history with us at Saturday's bazaar.
Events and Exhibitions
Discover the photography of George Hurrell—the legendary photographer who both captured and crafted the classic look associated with Hollywood glamour—in a new exhibition on the ground floor of USC Doheny Memorial Library. Open through December 19, George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour features photographic prints selected by historian Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925–1992. Keep reading to learn about the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on Thursday, October 9.
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.
On Thursday, May 15, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducted 23 new fellows—its largest class yet. Keep reading to learn more about the induction ceremony.
The USC Libraries' exhibition Trillion$: The Awesome Power of the Federal Reserve may have closed this past December, but it's made a lasting impression on at least one USC student. As Allison Engel writes for USC News, Brandon Chang secured an internship with the Federal Reserve after visiting the exhibition in Doheny Library. He will work this summer for the Fed's Board of Governors in Washington, DC. Read Engel's article to learn more about Chang's story.
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.
Last week's Wonderland Award festivities, which culminated with the Visions & Voices multimedia event Wonderland Unbound, marked the tenth anniversary of the multidisciplinary competition. The Daily Trojan highlighted Wonderland Unbound with an article by Jinny Choi. In conjunction with the Wonderland Award's tenth anniversary, the USC Libraries announced the acquisition of a previously unpublished letter by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). The New York Times, io9, and Smithsonian.com all featured the purchase, made anonymously at a London auction house in March to keep the acquisition a surprise. The USC News website also featured a photo slideshow of the letter, which accompanied an article by Robert Perkins.
A new exhibit in Doheny Library explores the story of the half-million Jewish soldiers who fought for the Soviet military against Nazi Germany during World War II. Presented in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and curated by the Blavatnik Archive Foundation, Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army During World War II opens this Thursday, April 24, on Doheny Library's first floor. A panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. in the Friends Lecture Hall (DML 240) will precede the opening reception at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of Doheny Library. RSVP to Kia Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org.