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.
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.
In today's edition of the Daily Trojan student newspaper, Deena Khattab profiles Michaela Ullmann, exile studies librarian at the USC Libraries. For Ullmann, Khattab writes, "every day is an adventure into the lives of World War II era German exiles." In her story, Khattab highlights Ullmann's efforts to bring undergraduate students and Special Collections materials together, including her leadership in creating a Primary Sources Research Award. “Many undergraduate students don’t know that they are more than welcome to come and work with these materials," Ullmann tells Khattab. “We’re trying to get rid of their fear of the unknown.”
Trillion$: The Awesome Power of the Federal Reserve is now on display in Doheny Memorial Library's first-floor Treasure Room. Presented by the USC Libraries and the United States Federal Reserve, the new exhibition commemorates the Fed's centennial through rare books, photographs, currency, and other artifacts. Stop by Doheny Library by December 15 to see Trillion$, and don't miss this research guide prepared by co-curator Anne-Marie Gregg.
This week, the Legatum Institute and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries present Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in a New Cultural Frontier. The three-day symposium explores the legacy of German artists and intellectuals who fled Europe for the sanctuary of Los Angeles in the years before and during World War II. Twenty core participants, selected through a competitive process open to students and accomplished young professionals, will explore issues of liberty and responsibility, creativity and commerce through the lens of history, focusing on the experiences of filmmaker Billy Wilder, author Thomas Mann, and composer Arnold Schoenberg. Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles takes place August 28-30 on the USC University Park Campus and at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Keep reading to learn more about the symposium.