The USC Libraries acquired a rare 3-page letter from author Lewis Carroll at a March 19 auction in London. The USC Libraries bid anonymously to surprise longtime supporters and founders of the libraries' Cassady Lewis Caroll Collection, Dr. George Cassady and his wife Linda. Dean Catherine unveiled the letter before an audience of 350 students at last night's Wonderland Unbound Visions and Voices event. Keep reading for more details.
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the GLBT Historical Society are continuing to process collections as part of the CLIR-funded project, Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project. Keep reading for an update from ONE archivist Kyle Morgan about the latest collections uncovered by this 2-year project.
A new version of Quick Search scheduled to debut May 19 will provide more relevant search results and other upgraded features. Students and other researchers used Quick Search—a powerful service that provides access to the USC Libraries' vast resources through a single search box—more than three million times in 2013. Keep reading to learn about the new Quick Search, or preview it now.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, graduate students from North American universities will receive financial support to attend the USC Summer Kambun Workshop in the USC East Asian Library from July 14-August 8, 2014. Keep reading for more details about this year's workshop.
Thanks to a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation, the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries have digitized a number of early recordings of LGBTQ activists from the 1950s and 1960s. Many are now available via the USC Digital Library. Keep reading for a recording of pioneering psychiatrist Blanche Baker speaking at the ONE Inc. Midwinter Institute in 1955. Baker broke with her colleagues in American Psychiatry Association who considered homosexuality to be a mental illness until 1973.
The USC Libraries are accepting submissions for the USC Libraries Primary Sources Research Award through Tuesday, January 21. Designed to encourage the use of primary source materials from library collections, the award recognizes excellence in an undergraduate USC student paper written as coursework during the 2013 calendar year. An award reception on April 24 will honor the author of the winning paper, who will receive a $500 prize, and the author of the honorable mention, who will receive a $200 prize. For full rules and guidelines, please see this LibGuide.
Opening Friday, January 24, in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, a new exhibition showcases creative ways to visualize and conceptualize the heavens. Collecting the Cosmos features several unique and innovative creations, along with rare items from the USC Libraries' Special Collections. RSVP for the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on January 24 at 5:30 p.m., or keep reading to learn more about the exhibition.
USC librarian Shahla Bahavar was honored today with the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Bahavar, a director within the USC Libraries' public services division and head of USC's Science & Engineering Library, was one of ten librarians to receive the national award this year—and the only honoree from California. Professor Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering nominated Bahavar for the award. Keep reading to learn more about the honor.
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.