Describing it as "rich in local history," the Sacramento Bee recently featured the USC Digital Library's California Historical Society Collection on its Sac History Happenings blog. More after the jump.
A new exhibition of materials from the USC Libraries' Special Collections honors the late Leo Buscaglia, a USC alumnus and professor who earned the nickname "Dr. Love." Keep reading to learn more about the exhibit, on display on the second floor of Doheny Library through the end of June.
In September 2011, the USC Libraries hosted To Stay or Not to Stay?, the fifth biennial conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society (IFS). The three-day gathering explored one of the key decisions faced by German-speaking exiles in Los Angeles: whether to remain in Southern California or return to Europe. Now, the proceedings have been published in book form. Edited by IFS president Ian Wallace, the book includes contributions by two USC librarians. Marje Schuetze-Coburn, senior associate dean of the USC Libraries and Feuchtwanger Librarian, wrote "Lion Feuchtwanger in Los Angeles," and Exile Studies Librarian Michaela Ullmann contributed "Literary Agent, Advisor, Entrepreneur: Felix Guggenheim’s Life and Business on Two Continents."
On April 29, 1992, chaos erupted on the streets of Los Angeles after a mostly white jury acquitted four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers in the beating of a black motorist, Rodney King. The rioting lasted six days, and the National Guard was called in to patrol the streets around USC. Twenty-one years later, the city is still trying to make sense of the unrest. Now, two newly unsealed collections at the USC Libraries will help scholars better understand the violence, its causes, and its legacy. The collections—recently processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources—contain the records of two independent commissions set up to investigate the Los Angeles Police Department in the wake of the King beating and the 1992 riots. Keep reading to learn more about the collections, and about a related Visions and Voices panel discussion on April 29.
A copy of Robbert Flick's Parade Route: Pasadena, May 8 and May 9, 1993 from the USC Libraries' Special Collections is currently on display at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The book is part of an exhibition of artist books by Ed Ruscha and more than 100 contemporary artists. The libraries' copy of Parade Route—one of only three in existence—was previously featured in a 2007 exhibition of artists books in Doheny Library.
The Scout Report, a weekly publication of the Internet Scout Project, recently highlighted the USC Libaries' Los Angeles Examiner Collection. Keep reading to learn more about the collection, publicly accessible through the USC Digital Library.
For decades, dancer and choreographer Rudy Perez pushed the envelope of dance, inspiring audiences and fellow practitioners to reimagine the art form’s possibilities. When the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance opens in 2015, Perez may inspire a new generation of dancers through his personal archive, part of the USC Libraries’ Special Collections. Keep reading to learn more about the Rudy Perez Archive.
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.
Several rare items from the USC Libraries' Special Collections are featured in Pages, an exhibitition at the Williamson Gallery at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibit, which runs through January 27.