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Archives Bazaar tomorrow!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Visit the California State University Channel Islands archives library at the 10th Annual Archives Bazaar. The 1990s saw a small publishing revolution in the form of zines: independently- or self-published magazines that sought to give voice to underrepresented people or groups.  These zines ran the gamut from…
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Archives Bazaar 30 days away!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content In just one month's time, over 70 exhibitors will fill the halls of the USC Doheny Library to celebrate and showcase the artifacts, images, and primary sources that tell the history of Los Angeles. Click here to learn more about the 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
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LA as Subject Residency Program - now hiring

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Autry National Center Libraries and Archives, the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Libraries, and the USC Libraries will each host and mentor a Resident Archivist for an initial three-month supervised archival project, followed by three, three-month rotations at L.A. as Subject member archive sites,…
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When Candy-Cane Streetcars Rolled Out Holiday Cheer

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content It would be more Scrooge than Santa to dwell on the fact that these candy-cane streetcars were designed to bolster two ailing business models, the downtown department store and the fixed-rail streetcar. After all, Angelenos loved the festive paint job. Anywhere from 50 to 100 people, many of them children, called the…
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This Giant Searchlight Once Scanned L.A. From the Mountains Above

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content As twilight faded over Pasadena on September 9, 1894, an artificial sun flickered to life for the first time. High above town in the San Gabriel Mountains stood a wonder of the new electric age: a 60-inch General Electric searchlight, by many accounts the largest in the world. This massive projector first dazzled…
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Ernie Marquez 2014 Avery Clayton Spirit Award Winner

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content In this land of newcomers and transplants, Ernest Marquez can trace his California lineage back further than most. Born in 1924 on land that the Mexican government granted to his great-grandparents in 1839, Marquez has devoted much of his life to documenting a family history that began in 1771, when his…
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Monomania L.A.: The Obsessive Collectors of Southern California

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? File cabinets conquer living rooms. Boxes scrape the ceilings of garages. A trip to a paper ephemera show becomes a grail quest. Even dumpsters offer the promise of a new acquisition. Such collectors perform a tremendous service to scholars and the public by…
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When Anaheim's Flying-Saucer Arena Touched Down Near Disneyland

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Had one of Tomorrowland's flying saucers gone missing? When the Anaheim Convention Center's arena opened in the summer of 1967, it looked as if a spacecraft from another world had touched down directly opposite Katella Avenue from Disneyland. Designed by Los Angeles-based architects Adrian Wilson and Associates, the…
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The Lost Towns of Los Angeles County

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Entire towns have vanished from the Southland. The street grid of Morocco once stretched across the same gilded real estate occupied today by Beverly Hills. The ruins of a town named Minneapolis lie beneath Atwater Village. The independent city of Tropico melded with Glendale. In an earlier age, geographic names were…
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Metro wins an Emmy!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”) won an Emmy in the public programming category for the Metro Motion show on Union Station’s 75th Anniversary.  The 30-minute episode aired just prior to the Union Station anniversary celebration on May 3, 2014:…
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When Oxnard Beach Became 'Hollywood-by-the-Sea'

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Never mind that Tinseltown was five or even fifty miles away. By the mid-1920s, the Hollywood brand was so strong that communities across Southern California were affixing it to their names. Toluca became North Hollywood. Sherman became West Hollywood. And in distant Ventura County, Oxnard Beach became…
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USC Libraries awarded grant for residency program

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the USC Libraries and the L.A. as Subject research alliance a grant to develop a residency program that will support archival education. The grant is part of the IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program, which funds training of early career…
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New book by LAAS Executive Commitee member David Boulé!

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Cloaked in mystery and until modern times available only to the elite, the orange has been known as the fruit of the gods, the food of emperors, a token of gratitude, and the symbol of health, wealth, and love. The dream of California since its discovery by Europeans has been that it is a place of plenty, of potential,…
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How Ivanhoe Canyon Became Silver Lake

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content With his stalwart dam of concrete and steel in place, William Mulholland began flooding the meadowlands of Ivanhoe Canyon in November 1907. The waters rose, sedges drowned, and red-winged blackbirds fluttered away in search of undisturbed wetlands. Within a few months, Mulholland had created Silver Lake. Keep reading…
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LA as Subject awarded Cal Humanities grant

Sat, 06/04/2016
Content Earlier this year, LA as Subject was announced as one of the 17 recipients of the Cal Humanities Community Stories grant. Community Stories (formerly the California Story Fund) gives expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people. The grant project, Monomania LA,…
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