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.
Author and USC University Professor Leo Braudy will be the featured speaker at the December 2 Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Evening. Braudy will read from his new autobiographical work, Trying to be Cool: Growing up in the 1950s. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study space (Doheny Library, Room 241), followed by the reading at 6:00 p.m. RSVP online by November 29. For more information, please contact Amber Dubeshter at (213) 821-1642.
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.
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.