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.
On Friday, February 28, the USC Libraries present Subversive Works/Sustainable Art—a workshop, panel discussion, and exhibition exploring the artistry and social vision of Latin America's book-making traditions. Keep reading to learn more about the Visions & Voices event.
Students: the USC Libraries are adding at least 300 Spanish-language e-books to their permanent collection and need your help making the selections. The first 15 USC students who recommend ten or more titles from the Digitalia Hispanica collection that are added to the libraries' permanent e-book collection will receive a USC Libraries t-shirt or tote bag. Contact librarian Barbara Robinson of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies for more information. Keep reading for instructions on how to participate.
USC students, faculty, and staff now enjoy access to a wealth of new Spanish-language materials for their research and classwork. Between now and June 2014, the USC Libraries are expanding and diversifying their Spanish-language e-book holdings and are seeking selections and input from the USC community. During that time, the complete Digitalia Hispanica collection of more than 8,000 e-books and e-journals is available to the USC community through the USC Libraries’ website. Keep reading to learn more about Digitalia Hispanica and the selection process.
The story of Hernán Cortés’ 1535 misadventure in Baja California is told in W. Michael Mathes’ The Conquistador in California. The book is one of several on display inside USC’s Doheny Memorial Library as part of an exhibit honoring Mathes, a historian and USC alumnus who died August 13, 2012. Click through to learn more about the Cortés expedition and Mathes' award-winning career.
On his Ask Chris blog, Los Angeles magazine's Chris Nichols recently featured a unique artifact from USC Libraries' Rubén Salazar Papers collection: the late journalist's briefcase. Nichols' post is part of his series telling the history of Los Angeles through 232 objects, on the occasion of the 232nd anniversary of the city's founding.
A new exhibit in Doheny Memorial Library honors the late historian and USC alumnus W. Michael Mathes, who died August 13. The author, editor, and translator of countless works, Mathes earned his MA from USC in 1962. "He was the Kevin Starr of Baja California," said librarian Barbara Robinson of the USC Libraries' Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibit.
Last year, the family of the late journalist Ruben Salazar donated his personal archives to the USC Libraries. Now, a new digital project based on the collection will provide greater public awareness of the award-winning reporter's life and career. Created by USC Annenberg students and directed by USC Annenberg professors Felix Gutierrez and Robert Hernandez, the Ruben Salazar Project features student-written articles about Salazar that incorporate selected documents from the collection. Students also created an interactive timeline that highlights photographs, news clippings, and personal documents from the archive.
In recent months, the USC Libraries have added several electronic resources that complement the rich collections of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. The new resources include an online archive of more than 125,000 pages from Latin American newspapers. Keep reading to learn more about the recent acquisitions now available to USC students, faculty, and staff researching Latin America.
A new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library highlights some of the holiday-themed materials found within the USC Libraries' Special Collections. Season's Greetings from Southern California features photographs and postcards depicting Southern California as a winter wonderland, all culled from the libraries'Regional History Collection. Also included are two books from the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies—Pedro: The Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi and Las Posadas: A Christmas Story by James Howard Fraser—and a 1961 photograph from the USC University Archives showing a Christmas tree in front of USC's Bovard Hall. Stop by the Special Collections display case before January 23 to see the exhibit.