18th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar


Saturday, October 28, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

All Day. All in one Place.

Experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

Download the Archives Bazaar 2023 Save-the-Date postcard.

STREET CLOSURE NOTICE for 10/28: the Jefferson Blvd. eastbound lanes will be COMPLETELY CLOSED to all vehicle traffic between McClintock Avenue and Royal Street between the hours of 8:00am-6:00pm. This may interfere with your way to the Doheny Library so make sure to map out your alternative routes. If approaching the campus from Hoover St., turn left on 32nd St., take it to Figueroa St., then turn right and take it to USC McCarthy Way. Figueroa St. is also accessible via Exposition Boulevard on the south side of campus.

2023 Archives Bazaar Programming


10:00–10:50 a.m. Mapping L.A. through Community Cookbooks

In this program, artist and archivist Suzanne Zoe Joskow discusses her ongoing project The Community Cookbook Archive. Comprised of more than four hundred cookbooks spanning three centuries, the Archive is an evolving, food-based map of L.A. stories. Joskow gives an overview of local community cookbooks and their role as primary source documents that capture important and often overlooked Southern California histories. Intrinsically tied to place, community cookbooks date back to the city’s earliest years of book printing and connect to sites across L.A. County—from a bridge group in Inglewood, to a church in Little Tokyo, to Exposition Park and USC’s own campus, to name just a few. Attendees will receive their own special recipe card. 

11:00–11:50 a.m. Meet Me at Third and Fairfax: A Brief Culinary History of Farmers Market

Join Brett Arena, archivist of the A. F. Gilmore Company, as he chronicles the past nine decades of the historic Original Farmers Market, which opened in the summer of 1934 at the corner of Third Street and Fairfax, an area then known as Gilmore Ranch. What began with a dozen farmers and six vendors selling produce from trucks parked on the street corner has evolved into a landmark food emporium visited by three million people a year, with more than one hundred vendors and family-owned businesses specializing in a vast array of goods, from artisan breads, cheeses, and meats, to candies, coffee, and hot sauces.

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00–1:50 p.m. L.A. Neighborhood Restaurants Grounded in Community and Tradition 

The L.A. restaurant food scene thrives on diversity, with close to 25,000 restaurants in L.A. County representing cultures and cuisines from all over the world. Mallory Furnier, Special Collections and Archives Librarian and curator of “Eating the Archives,” moderates a discussion with the owners and chefs of three landmark Southern California neighborhood restaurants, including: Judy Hayashi, daughter of Yayoi Watanabe, owner of Otomisan. Founded in 1956, it’s the only remaining Japanese restaurant in Boyle Heights and the oldest continuously operated Japanese restaurant in the county; Paulina Lopez, co-owner of the James Beard Award-winning restaurant Guelaguetza as well as I Love Micheladas; Chef Keith Corbin, the two-time James Beard Award-nominated executive chef and co-owner of Alta Adams, and LA Times bestselling author of California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival.

2:00–3:00 p.m. Your Kitchen Is a Battleground: A Conversation with Harry Gamboa, Jr.

Cooking and feeding people is not a mundane act. It is a daily activity that reveals zones of conflict and negotiation, acts of memory and representation. In the early 1970s, the Chicano Moratorium and other protests against the Vietnam War were underway, and a number of revolutionary social movements were simmering. Harry Gamboa, Jr., along with four other Chicano artists, formed ASCO, an East Los Angeles-based art collective whose name played off the Spanish word for disgust or revulsion and who aimed to tear down traditional notions of what was culturally acceptable. In 1974, ASCO took to the streets of East L.A. and staged the controversial performance The First Supper (after a riot). Writer and educator Fanny Daubigny engages in a conversation with artist Harry Gamboa, Jr., whose radical vision has transformed the artistic landscape of Los Angeles.


10:00–10:50 a.m. A Bibliographic Banquet: How to Prevent your Collections from Becoming a Food Supply for Creepy Crawlies

Join the Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPNet) in a look at how your archive is just a giant pantry of delicious treats for insects—and learn the basics of Integrated Pest Management. Cynthia Kapteyn, Book and Paper Conservator/Digitization Coordinator at the Huntington Library along with USC Libraries Rare Books Librarian Derek Christian Quezada Meneses discuss the surprisingly large number of items that offer bugs a substantial meal (everything from wood and paper to tortillas and seaweed), the types of pests that come to snack in library and museum collections, signs of an infestation, and steps you can take to mitigate the risk and prevent further damage.

11:00–11:50 a.m. How L.A. Invented the Backyard Barbecue

The word “barbecue” derives from the Spanish barbacoa (which itself comes from an indigenous Caribbean word). For centuries it has been identified with the slow cooking of meat, often by letting a fire in a pit burn down, then placing the meat on the embers, and sealing it up for some hours until the meat is tender. These elaborate barbecues were wildly popular—at times drawing thousands of diners. However, in the 1930s, it became fashionable to grill steaks in one’s own backyard and by the end of the decade the earth-pit barbecue had largely died out. Just in time for lunch, Charles Perry, President of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, dives into the history of backyard barbecue in L.A. 

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00–3:00 p.m. Basement Tapes Day

Basement Tapes Day provides the public with access to vintage audio playback devices so they can listen to home recordings on open-reel tapes, cassettes, and microcassettes that have been sitting in their attics or basements for years. The annual event is staffed by volunteers from Los Angeles’s audio preservation community, which include archivists, engineers, collectors, restoration experts, conservators, and graduate students from UCLA’s Media Archival Studies program. Attendees can hear and publicly share their tapes, while learning about the history of recorded sound, common deterioration issues with magnetic audio formats, and best practices for the storage and care for their collections. Bring your tapes to the Archives Bazaar to have them inspected and played back at the event. This year, we especially encourage attendees to bring recordings related to food!

2023 Archives Bazaar Exhibitors:

Angelus Matchcover Club


Boyle Heights Community Partners

California Puerto Rican Archive

California State Archives a Division of the California Secretary of States Office

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California State University, Fullerton - The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History (COPH)

California State University, Northridge, Special Collections and Archives

Caltech Archives and Special Collections

Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)

The Ebell of Los Angeles

Forest Lawn Museum

Friends of Greystone

Friends of Rockhaven / Rockhaven Sanitarium Historic District

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-So. Cal.

Getty Research Institute

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Heritage Committee

Glendale Coin Club and American Numismatic Association

Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley

HMCT/ArtCenter College of Design

Hollywood Heritage

Holocaust Museum LA

Home Movie Day Los Angeles

Jeffrey Stanton - History Book Publisher

The Kappe Library, Southern California Institute of Architecture

LA County Library Cultural Resource Centers

LA River X / El Río de Los Ángeles X

LA Westerners Corral

LACMA Balch Art Research Library

Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio

Little Tokyo Historical Society

Long Beach Heritage Museum 

Los Angeles Archivists Collective

Los Angeles City Archives - Office of the City Clerk

Los Angeles City Historical Society

Los Angeles High School Alumni Association

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles Union Station Historical Society

Margaret Herrick Library

Marina del Rey Historical Society

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Library & Archives

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

NEDCC “Ready – Or Not” Cultural Heritage Emergency Preparedness Project

Occidental College Special Collections and College Archives

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

Orange County Archives

Orange County Historical Society

Palos Verdes Library District Local History Center

Pepperdine University Special Collections and Archives

San Fernando Valley Historical Society

Santa Monica Public Library

Self Help Graphics & Art

South Pasadena Public Library

Southern California Genealogical Society and Research Library

Special Collections & Archives California State University, Los Angeles

Special Collections & Archives, The Claremont Colleges

Tom & Ethel Bradley Center

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA/Library Special Collections/Punk Archive

USC Digital Library

USC Digital Repository

USC Special Collections

Visual Communications

Voces del Teatro Oral History Archive

Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum

Writers Guild Foundation

Zoellner Quartet Archive