As part of a NEH-funded project, the USC Libraries are digitizing nearly 40,000 negatives from the "Dick" Whittington Collection. Many of these negatives are at-risk, so this project restores a portion of the vanishing visual record of Los Angeles during the 1920s and 1930s. Keep reading to learn more about the project and view newly restored images of L.A. landmark Griffith Observatory under construction in 1933 and 1934.
In the past year, archivists at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries cataloged 95 collections that document the lives of many pioneering figures in the struggle for LGBTQ equality. Thanks to the NHPRC-supported project, researchers can now access a number of previously hidden archival collections, including A Different Light Bookstore Records, the Antonio Reyes Papers, the Esther Herbert Papers and Photographs, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), and the Molly McKay & Davina Kotulski Scrapbooks. Keep reading for more details and photographs from the newly processed collections.
In today's edition of the Daily Trojan student newspaper, Deena Khattab profiles Michaela Ullmann, exile studies librarian at the USC Libraries. For Ullmann, Khattab writes, "every day is an adventure into the lives of World War II era German exiles." In her story, Khattab highlights Ullmann's efforts to bring undergraduate students and Special Collections materials together, including her leadership in creating a Primary Sources Research Award. “Many undergraduate students don’t know that they are more than welcome to come and work with these materials," Ullmann tells Khattab. “We’re trying to get rid of their fear of the unknown.”
This week, the Legatum Institute and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries present Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in a New Cultural Frontier. The three-day symposium explores the legacy of German artists and intellectuals who fled Europe for the sanctuary of Los Angeles in the years before and during World War II. Twenty core participants, selected through a competitive process open to students and accomplished young professionals, will explore issues of liberty and responsibility, creativity and commerce through the lens of history, focusing on the experiences of filmmaker Billy Wilder, author Thomas Mann, and composer Arnold Schoenberg. Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles takes place August 28-30 on the USC University Park Campus and at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Keep reading to learn more about the symposium.
The University of Southern California Libraries have become the first library in California to partner with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a content hub. USC has contributed more than 250,000 items from the USC Digital Library to the DPLA, including photographs, text documents, moving images, and digital audio, all of which are now accessible to the DPLA’s global audience of scholars, students, and public researchers. Keep reading to learn more about the new collaboration.
The California Library Association (CLA) has honored the USC Libraries with its 2013 PRExcellence Award for the Mosely Snowflake Fractal and related communications and programming. Keep reading to learn more about the award.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced a $85,986 grant to support the processing of the USC Libraries' Edward H. Fickett collection. The collection, acquired by the libraries in 2010, documents the 50-year career of the renowned mid-century modernist architect. In addition to working on more than 60,000 homes, Fickett designed everything from hot dog stands, apartment buildings, and libraries to structures for the Port of Los Angeles and Edwards Air Force Base, and custom homes for Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and other celebrities. Keep reading for photos of Fickett's work and more details on the project.
The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives recently processed 59 collections as part of a project that received a $133,577 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The project includes many diverse collections that document the beginnings of the LGBT civil rights movement in the United States and the daily lives of prominent artists, activists, and writers. The newly processed collections include photographs dating to 1850 and the records of organizations such as the Lambda Literary Foundation and LGBT running clubs. Another highlight is the papers of intersex activist Lynn Edward Harris. Keep reading for a complete list of the newly processed collections.
The GRAMMY Foundation announced a $10,000 grant to support the preservation of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives' rich audio collections. The grant will fund the digital preservation of one-of-a-kind recordings of early LGBT activists dating back to the 1950s. The recordings capture the voices of early activists like Ivy Bottini, Morris Kight, and Phyllis Lyon as well as their views on topics ranging from military service, marriage equality, and the struggle for many basic legal protections taken for granted in our democracy. Keep reading for more details.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently awarded $203,200 to Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project, a collaborative effort to process rare archival materials held by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. Included in the project are 111 archival collections featuring a wealth of rare materials, ranging from the suit worn by Harvey Milk when he was assassinated to early gay and lesbian wedding photos, matchbooks from 1950s gay bars, and memorabilia from José Sarria’s 1961 campaign for San Francisco city supervisor. Keep reading for photos and details about the project.