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Widely considered the earliest photograph of Los Angeles, the origin story of this image remains something of a mystery. Who took the photo, and when? Though the image and the historical record offer clues, they provide no definitive...
In Southern California, nostalgia abounds for two funicular railways that, in decades past, transported tourists and locals alike up some of the region's steep escarpments. From 1893 to 1938, the Great Incline portion of the Mount...
Like many of the city's earliest recreational tracts, Los Angeles carved Elysian Park out of municipal lands that defied development. A Jewish cemetery and a rock-quarrying enterprise were among the few early, documented uses of the...
On Saturday February 4 the first joint meeting between LA as Subject (LAAS) and the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA) took place at the historic Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga.  Attendees were welcomed by Sherri Smith, President of...
Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown, founder of the Filipino American Library (FAL) and an icon of the Filipino-American community, died January 25, 2011. She was 95. Brown was born in Manila, Philippines in May 16, 1915 to Trinidad Agcalli...
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Historical Society (LACHS) honored LA as Subject with the J. Thomas Owen History Award.  The award was given in recognition of LA as Subject's work in advocating for the region's archival...
  Downtown L.A.'s emergence as a residential neighborhood has focused attention on the area's dearth of green park space and, with it, the perceived shortcomings of the city's oldest park: Pershing Square. In its 163-year journey...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at how book manufacturing and the craft of the book have long been important parts of Southern California art and commerce: This weekend, readers, authors, and...
Rising conspicuously above the red-tile roofs and big-box stores of suburban Tustin, California, these two massive hangars stand as monuments to a lost age of aviation, built when lighter-than-air dirigibles held promise as the future...
The Sierra Madre Historical Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to a variety of materials that tell the Sierra Madre story: photographs, slides, postcards, scrapbooks, city directories, maps, letters, periodicals, posters...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at the 90-year history of the Hollywood Bowl, the famed outdoor ampitheater nestled in the Hollywood Hills. The post features images from the Hollywood Bowl Museum...
Meet the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive at the 10th Annual Archives Bazaar. Established in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions from around the globe. ...
L.A. as Subject has launched a new collaboration with Los Angeles magazine, which has invited L.A. as Subject to contribute weekly posts to its City Think blog. The posts will highlight images from member collections while examining a...
“LA230” Runs September 2011 – August 2012, Throughout Southern California With a history spanning 230 years, Los Angeles will have no trouble finding ways to celebrate its rich heritage over the next 12 months. The LA Heritage...
“Decade of Dissent, Democracy in Action, 1965-1975″ opened with a lovely reception on Sunday, February 23rd at The Santa Monica Art Studios’ Arena 1 Gallery. Curated by Carol A. Wells, executive director and founder of The Center for...