How did Southern California's sunshine and fresh air attract people suffering from tuberculosis in the late 19th century? Images from the California Historical Society Collection at the USC Libraries illustrate the story of "health seekers"—and their role in the region's population boom—in The Forgotten Plague, a new documentary film from PBS and WGBH's American Experience series. The film premieres nationally on PBS on Tuesday, February 10, at 9:00 p.m.
The USC Libraries' Abby Saunders, curator of the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, will discuss "The Wonderland of Lewis Carroll" on Monday, January 26, at the Santa Monica Public Library. The event celebrates the 183rd birthday of Charles Dodgson, the English logician and author better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. It begins at 7:00 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in the city of Santa Monica. Admission is free. Selected materials from the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection will be on display in the main lobby.
Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the USC Libraries recently made available a wealth of archival materials documenting the prodigious creative efforts of mid-century L.A. architect Edward H. Fickett, FAIA. Fickett's residential projects -- including single-family homes and apartment buildings like the Sunset Lanai -- dot the Southland, and he is also well-known for his design projects at Dodger Stadium, Edwards Air Force Base, and the Port of Los Angeles. You can now find a selection of photographs and drawings of his buildings via the USC Digital Library and Historypin. Keep reading for more details about the project and the USC Libraries' Fickett collection.
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.
USC Dornsife professors Dave Bottjer (earth sciences) and Sarah Bottjer (neurobiology) make a special visit every year to the USC Libraries to view one of the crown jewels of the collections: John James Audubon’s Birds of America.
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.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, KFWB is re-airing historic recordings of its news coverage that day, which were recently discovered in the USC Libraries' Allan Hancock Foundation Collection. Unheard since their original broadcast, the recordings were restored and digitized with generous support from USC alumnus Ken Hayashida. Listen live to KFWB 980 or KNX 1070 on Friday, June 6 (two long features will be repeated throughout the day), or find the recordings here on the KFWB website.
Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Here on Libwire, we're sharing occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through to read USC undergraduate Emily Hodgkins' reflections on the Reich and Hayman family papers.
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.