12th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus
All Day. All in one Place.
Come and celebrate 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—from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Public Library to private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history.
In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, day-long programming will feature preservation workshops and enlightening presenatations.
The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.
USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.
Intellectual Commons (room 233)
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
What’s in the Box? Preservation Tips from Analog to Digital
In this presentation, geared toward novices, a panel of preservation and library professionals will use a sample “mystery box” filled with an assortment of items, both analog and digital, to outline the first steps for handling and storing some of the more nonconventional formats found in collections. Resources for supplies and further information will also be provided.
Speakers include Dawn Aveline, UCLA; Christina Rice, Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection; Hilary Swett, Writers Guild Foundation; and Mary K. Wahl, Pasadena City College. Presented by the Los Angeles Preservation Network.
12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.
Home Movie Day at the Archives Bazaar
This special edition of Home Movie Day (an annual celebration of amateur films and filmmaking) will highlight the collections of Archives Bazaar exhibitors and provide hands-on demonstrations of small-gauge film preservation. Are you part of an institution or organization that holds home movies in your archival collections, but lacks the staff or resources to provide dedicated preservation and access? If so, this Home Movie Day is for you!
In addition, any Archives Bazaar attendees are welcome to bring their own home movies to be inspected and projected by trained archivists. Film drop-off and inspection begins at noon, and the screening and demonstration program begins at 2:00 p.m.
Formats accepted include VHS tapes, as well as Super 8, 8 mm, and 16 mm film. If you’re not sure what format you have, we’ll help you identify it. We’ll also have handouts available with information on film and video identification, care, and digitization.
Friends Lecture Hall (room 240)
9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Researching L.A. 101
Have you ever wondered how to get started with your research on Los Angeles—or with research in general? This popular presentation, by Stephanie George of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum and Lisa Crane of Claremont College, will give you a detailed overview of how and where to start, including basic research tips useful for anyone working with primary and secondary source material. Topics will include researching from home, visiting archives, the ins and outs of reading rooms, and more.
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
LA/LA LAAS Lightning round
From September through January, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA explores Latin American and Latino/a art in Los Angeles through a network of exhibits and programs in Southern California. Woven within these exhibits are archives from LA as Subject member collections. Speakers from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California Historical Society, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center will offer a look at their contributions to the LA/LA story.
12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
New Blood in the Archives
Occidental College students have recently organized the collections of Eagle Rock High School, Friezer Photography Negatives, Highland Park Heritage Trust, and REACH LA. What makes the work of these young archivists in the making unique is the integration of archival practices into their undergraduate experience. Working with faculty from such diverse disciplines as history, social justice, sociology, and art history—with support from the College’s Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Center for Community Based Learning, and the Library’s Special Collections department—students engage with community groups to assist in building archives and community identities. Student presenters include Adrienne Adams ’17, Myka Kielbon ’18, James Delgado ’18, and Katherine Torrey ’17. Moderated by Occidental’s Dale Ann Stieber and Dr. Jeremiah Axelrod.
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots against Hollywood and America
In his newly released book, Steven J. Ross presents a chilling, little-known story of the rise of Nazism in Los Angeles in the 1930s and the Jewish spy network that stopped it. In the course of his meticulous research throughout Southern California archives, Ross pieced together a horrifying plot by the Nazis to murder dozens of prominent entertainment figures, including Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Samuel Goldwyn; drive through Boyle Heights and machine-gun as many Jews as possible; and seize control of the Pacific Coast. Hitler in Los Angeles tells the suspenseful story of how Jewish attorney Leon Lewis led a daring spy ring that infiltrated every Nazi and fascist group in Los Angeles in order to foil these plans.
USC professor of history Steven J. Ross is the director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. He is the author of Hollywood Left and Right; Working-Class Hollywood; Movies and American Society; and Workers on the Edge.
The book will be available for purchase at this presentation.
East LA Interchange film screening and discussion
Director Betsy Kalin introduces East LA Interchange, which tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. The documentary explores how the freeways—a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America’s popular imagination—impact Boyle Heights’ residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all. The film asks if Boyle Heights as we know it will survive the next round of challenges from environmental pollution, industrialization, development, and gentrification. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director.
Polymathic Academy (room 241)
9:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
National History Day “How-To’s”—Practical Tips for Students and Teachers
This session is for NHD teachers, students, and parents, and will include an overview of the contest rules. Learn from NHD coordinators and past judges about the different entry types, what makes a strong entry, and the steps to get there.
10:45 a.m.–12:00 noon
National History Day—Teacher to Teacher
Information for teachers, by teachers. National History Day competition is a great way to work project-based learning into your curriculum, and now you can hear from teachers that have already done it! This session will provide new ideas, how-to’s, and samples for both new and returning NHD teachers.
12:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
How to Work with an Archivist/Librarian/Curator—NHD Primary Source Research
Archivists from the National Archives will teach students how to approach history professionals for assistance with their projects. History professionals may seem like they have their own language, but with this session, students will learn what questions to ask, and more importantly, how to decode the answers!
2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Historical Methods and Primary Research Using Local Repositories
This presentation by National Archives staff will provide students and teachers the tools to narrow topics and thesis statements, as well as locate, evaluate, request, and integrate primary sources into History Day projects. Discussion will include various online repositories and resources, as well as local repositories with original materials.
- ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES
- ANGEL CITY PRESS
- ANGELUS MATCHCOVER CLUB
- AYN RAND ARCHIVES
- THE BASEBALL RELIQUARY
- BOYLE HEIGHTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND RESEARCH LIBRARY
- CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- CALIFORNIA RARE BOOK SCHOOL
- CALTECH ARCHIVES
- CAL POLY POMONA, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
- CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS
- CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY DOMINGUEZ HILLS, ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
- CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON, CENTER FOR ORAL AND PUBLIC HISTORY
- CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON, UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
- CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
- CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LOS ANGELES, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
- CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POLITICAL GRAPHICS
- CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE, HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY ARCHIVES
- CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
- CLAREMONT COLLEGES, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
- COMPTON 125 HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- CULVER CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- DOMINGUEZ RANCHO ADOBE MUSEUM
- EAGLE ROCK VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- FRIENDS OF BANNING MUSEUM
- FRIENDS OF GREYSTONE
- GARY WATKINS COLLECTION
- GAZIN IMAGE ARCHIVE
- GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF HISPANIC AMERICA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
- GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
- GLENDALE LIBRARY, ARTS & CULTURE
- GO FOR BROKE NATIONAL EDUCATION CENTER
- HIGHLAND PARK HERITAGE TRUST
- HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE CENTINELA VALLEY
- HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LONG BEACH
- HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
- HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE, INC.
- LA84 FOUNDATION SPORTS LIBRARY
- LAUREN BON AND THE METABOLIC STUDIO
- LITTLE TOKYO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- LONG BEACH HERITAGE MUSEUM
- LOS ANGELES CITY ARCHIVES
- LOS ANGELES CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, BALCH ART RESEARCH LIBRARY
- LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTERS
- LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- LOS ANGELES HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
- LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
- LOS ANGELES RAILROAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION
- LOS ANGELES UNION STATION HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
- LUNA IMAGING
- MARINA DEL REY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- THE MUSEUM OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
- NATIONAL ARCHIVES AT RIVERSIDE
- NATIONAL ARCHIVES AT THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
- OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND COLLEGE ARCHIVES
- OLD SPANISH TRAIL ASSOCIATION
- ONE ARCHIVES AT THE USC LIBRARIES
- ORANGE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- PACIFIC FOOD & BEVERAGE MUSEUM
- PACIFIC PALISADES HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- PASADENA DIGITAL HISTORY COLLABORATION
- PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
- PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER
- REVEREND JOHN N. DOGGETT JR. CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT PIONEER ARCHIVE
- SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- SANTA MONICA HISTORY MUSEUM
- SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY
- SEAVER CENTER FOR WESTERN HISTORY RESEARCH
- SILVER LAKE HISTORY COLLECTIVE
- SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA ARCHIVISTS
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY AND RESEARCH LIBRARY
- UCI SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
- UCLA ETHNOMUSICOLOGY ARCHIVE
- UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE
- UCLA LIBRARY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
- UCSB SPECIAL RESEARCH COLLECTIONS
- USC DIGITAL LIBRARY
- USC LIBRARIES, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES
- VENICE CALIFORNIA “CONEY ISLAND OF THE PACIFIC” BY JEFFREY STANTON
- VENICE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
- VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
- WALLY G. SHIDLER HISTORICAL COLLECTION OF SO. CALIFORNIA EPHEMERA
- WENDE MUSEUM
- WHITTIER COLLEGE, INSTITUTE FOR BASEBALL STUDIES
- WORKMAN AND TEMPLE FAMILY HOMESTEAD MUSEUM
- WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Photo credit: Rich Schmitt