L.A. as Subject

Short Films Profile the ‘Monomaniacs’ of L.A. as Subject

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What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films profiles four L.A. as Subject collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Produced by the USC Libraries with generous support from Cal Humanities, Monomania L.A. is directed by Joris Debeij and hosted by David Kipen, who also serves as humanities advisor. The first three films were introduced at the October 25 Archives Bazaar (the fourth is currently in production) and the entire series will air later this year on public television station KCET. In the meantime, you can watch the videos online on the L.A. as Subject website.

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NHPRC Grant Helps to Restore Edward H. Fickett’s Los Angeles

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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.

Grant to USC Libraries and L.A. as Subject Helps Reveal the Less-Visible Stories of Los Angeles

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The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the USC Libraries and the L.A. as Subject research alliance a grant to develop a residency program that will support archival education among Los Angeles community archives. The grant is part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program, which funds training of early-career librarians to manage emerging challenges in libraries and librarianship. Keep reading to learn more about the residency program.

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USC Libraries and KCETLink Launch Video Series

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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 at 4:00 p.m. on KCET.org. Future episodes will tell the stories of Mount Washington, Catalina Island and Echo Mountain railways. Keep reading to learn more about the new collaboration. 

L.A. as Subject Launches New Collaboration with ‘Los Angeles’ Magazine, Passes 100-Post Mark at KCET

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The USC Libraries and L.A. as Subject have launched a new online collaboration with Los Angeles magazine, and L.A. as Subject's partnership with KCET-TV, now nearly two years old, recently passed a major milestone with the 100th online feature about Southern California history. Keep reading to learn more about the joint ventures, which highlight the USC Libraries' role as host institution for L.A. as Subject and are part of the libraries' continuing efforts to promote and improve access to the primary sources of our region's history.

Blog Coverage of 7th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

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USC's Doheny Memorial Library hosted the 7th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar this past Saturday, October 27. LAist and The Modern Hiker both covered the daylong celebration of Los Angeles history. Ethnomusicology Review, The Daily Mirror, and Metro's The Source blog also featured the bazaar. Keep reading to learn more about the blogs' coverage of the event.

Celebrate California Poet Robinson Jeffers at Oct. 25 Festival

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The USC Libraries will present a series of events on Thursday, Oct. 25, celebrating the work and life of poet Robinson Jeffers. The panels and exhibition will explore Jeffers’ relationship to the natural world, Jeffers and the art of the book, and his story as a young poet in early 20th-century Los Angeles. Jeffers manuscripts and photographs, many of which are rarely seen by the public, will be on view. Keep reading to learn more about the festival.

L.A.’s Rich and Diverse History on Display at the 7th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

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From the activists who struggled for social justice in their neighborhoods to the trolleys that once connected far-flung communities, Los Angeles history comes alive Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in USC’s Doheny Memorial Library at the 7th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. Presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, the daylong event offers encounters with exhibits from more than 80 historical collections and archives. This year’s Archives Bazaar also marks the opening of a new exhibition on the ground floor of Doheny Library. “Water and Power” explores, through more than two dozen images from L.A. as Subject member institutions, the roles water and power—figuratively and literally—have played in shaping Los Angeles history. Keep reading to learn more about the bazaar and new exhibition, or RSVP now to attend the opening reception for "Water and Power," beginning immediately after the bazaar at 5 p.m.

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Save the Date: Los Angeles Archives Bazaar Returns to USC on Saturday, Oct. 27

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USC's Doheny Memorial Library will host the 7th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on Saturday, October 27, 2012. As in past years, more than 70 libraries, museums, archives, private collectors, and other L.A. as Subject members are expected to participate, exhibiting rare materials from their collections. The event, organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Programming details will be announced later.

History Buffs to Meet at L.A. Archives Bazaar

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/06

History will come alive once again on Oct. 22 as dozens of Southern California’s rare and archival materials come together at the sixth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. Serious researchers and history buffs will be able to visit a number of exhibitions, film screenings and educational sessions during the daylong event to be hosted by the USC Libraries and presented by L.A. as Subject. The latter is a research alliance of libraries, museums, archives and cultural institutions dedicated to preserving the city’s history. Keep reading to learn more about this year's bazaar.