In a recent story about the "Great Los Angeles Auto Show Fire of 1929," the New York Times linked to a photograph in the USC Digital Library's Dick Whittington Photography Collection. The 1930 image shows burned automobiles in the A-1 Auto Works yard in Los Angeles. It was recently digitized as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project. The story also mentions that the USC Libraries contributed photographs to historical display panels at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which closed Sunday.
Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Beginning with this post, we'll share occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through for Emily Hodgkins' thoughts on the Julius Berstl Collection.
The Los Angeles Times has featured the Bay Psalm Book's visit this week to USC's Doheny Memorial Libary. "A copy of the first book printed in the Americas, worth an estimated $15 million to $30 million, will be auctioned by Sotheby's later this month," the Times' Carolyn Kellogg wrote. "But first, it gets a showing at USC." The USC Libraries and Sotheby's hosted a reception and viewing last night. The book—printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and valued from $15 million to $30 million—will be on display again today, Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Doheny Library's first-floor foyer.
The first book printed in British North America will be on display in USC's Doheny Memorial Library on Wednesday, November 13, and Thursday, November 14.. Printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640, the volume is one of only 11 copies to survive. The USC Libraries and Sotheby's, which will soon auction off the book, host a reception on November 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Doheny Library's first-floor foyer. RSVP online or by calling 213-821-1642. The book will be back on display on Thursday, November 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
In honor of Halloween, we present thirteen vintage costumes, photographically preserved in the USC Libraries' Los Angeles Examiner Collection. Click through for the rest of the costumes, and explore more Halloween-related photos from the collection through the USC Digital Library.
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 a recent story for The Atlantic, Erika Hayasaki quotes Megan Rosenbloom of USC's Norris Medical Library about the "growing 'death movement.'" A librarian who manages the library's history of medicine and rare book collections, Rosenbloom is an organizer of Death Salon, a group of academics, artists, and death-industry professionals who explore themes of mortality and mourning in American culture. Rosenbloom also recently blogged about resuscitation for Lapham's Quarterly, and on October 17 she discussed related themes—and much more—with author Mary Roach as part of a USC Visions and Voices event.
On Saturday, November 2, Lewis Carroll scholars and admirers will assemble inside USC's Doheny Memorial Library for a daylong exploration of how videogame designers, scientists, artists, graphic novelists—and USC students—have transformed the world of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. The USC Libraries are hosting Lewis Carroll Outsiders, the fall 2013 meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, to mark the tenth anniversary of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Keep reading to learn more about the conference.
A new book by the USC Libraries' Ruth Wallach explores the history and architectural legacy of L.A.'s Miracle Mile district. Published by History Press, Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture features images from the USC Libraries' Special Collections and includes a detailed, block-by-block walking tour of the Miracle Mile's most significant architecture. Keep reading to learn more about the book and Wallach's previous publishing credits.
USC's Doheny Memorial Library hosts the 8th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on Saturday, October 12, 2013. As in past years, more than 80 libraries, museums, archives, private collectors, and other L.A. as Subject members are expected to participate, exhibiting rare materials from their collections. The event, organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For details and programming highlights, please visit the L.A. as Subject website or download this PDF poster.