Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.
What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films profiles four L.A. as Subject collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Produced by the USC Libraries with generous support from Cal Humanities, Monomania L.A. is directed by Joris Debeij and hosted by David Kipen, who also serves as humanities advisor. The first three films were introduced at the October 25 Archives Bazaar (the fourth is currently in production) and the entire series will air later this year on public television station KCET. In the meantime, you can watch the videos online on the L.A. as Subject website.
Discover the photography of George Hurrell—the legendary photographer who both captured and crafted the classic look associated with Hollywood glamour—in a new exhibition on the ground floor of USC Doheny Memorial Library. Open through December 19, George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour features photographic prints selected by historian Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925–1992. Keep reading to learn about the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on Thursday, October 9.
The current issue of Frontiers magazine highlights the role of on the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries in preserving the history of Los Angeles' LGBT artists and activists. As part of an extensive cover package on L.A.'s LGBT history, the magazine featured eleven photos from the ONE Archives' collections. Find the photos on pages 30 and 31 of Frontiers' August 7-20, 2014, issue or in this online slideshow.
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.
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.
The USC Libraries' exhibition Trillion$: The Awesome Power of the Federal Reserve may have closed this past December, but it's made a lasting impression on at least one USC student. As Allison Engel writes for USC News, Brandon Chang secured an internship with the Federal Reserve after visiting the exhibition in Doheny Library. He will work this summer for the Fed's Board of Governors in Washington, DC. Read Engel's article to learn more about Chang's story.
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.
Researchers can now access thousands of historical records and photographs from previously untouched collections thanks to a recent NHPRC grant to the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Newly processed collections include the records of the Christopher Street West LGBTQ pride organization, the photographs of Miles Everitt, who strongly influenced the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, and photographs, invitations, and other materials from the 2006 wedding of Melissa Lopez and Teresa Wang. Keep reading for photographs and more project updates.