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.
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.
At its November 3 awards gala, the California Library Association (CLA) honored the USC Libraries with its 2013 Public Relations Excellence Best in Show Award for the Mosely Snowflake Fractal and related communications and programming. The CLA previously announced in June that the USC Libraries had won an award for its project type and budget size, but the Best in Show prize recognizes the project as the overall outstanding entry. Keep reading to learn more about the Mosely Snowflake Fractal.
A new exhibit of photographs, news clippings, leaflets, and other materials from the USC University Archives documents the creative — and sometimes destructive — hijinks inspired by USC's interscholastic rivalries. Among USC's earliest rivals was Occidental College; in 1919, USC students kidnapped Occidental's mascot, a stuffed tiger. In more recent times, rivalries with UCLA and the University of Notre Dame have sparked playful pranks. In 1958, the Daily Trojan's managing editor oversaw the production of a fake edition of the Daily Bruin, which Trojan students then distributed across UCLA's Westwood campus. Stop by the the Special Collections display case on Doheny Library's second floor to see the exhibit.
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.