The 16th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar


Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus


Come celebrate the diverse stories of Los Angeles—all day, all in one place at the Archives Bazaar. This year's event will be held both in-person and online. More than thirty exhibitors will be on hand, answering questions and sharing highlights from archival collections representing a wide swath of Southern California. There will also be onsite presentations by Basement Tapes Day and Home Movie Day, and a day full of programs with local authors, community leaders, and (of course) archivists, all streamed online at

2021 ARCHIVES BAZAAR SCHEDULE- scroll down to see the day's offerings of exhibitors, virtual presentations, in-person workshops, and online exhibit & showcases. Or download the SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE.



Los Angeles Times Reference Room, 1st floor

Angel City Press - Angels Walk LA - Angelus Matchcover Club - Art Deco Society of Los Angeles - Bison Archives Productions - California Rare Book School - California State University, Los Angeles Special Collections & Archives – Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association - The Claremont Colleges Library - CSU Dominguez Hills Gerth Archives & Special Collections - The Ebell of LA - Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, Southern California - Historical Society of Long Beach - Hollywood Heritage - Jeffrey Stanton - Little Tokyo Historical Society - Long Beach Heritage Museum - Los Angeles City Archives - Los Angeles City Historical Society - Los Angeles Maritime Museum - The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - Orange County Historical Society - Pepperdine University - Southern California Genealogical Society and Library - University of California, Los Angeles -University of Southern California Libraries Special Collections - USC Institute of Armenian Studies - Visual Communications - Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum - Writers Guild Foundation

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS - Recordings to be posted here soon!

10:00–10:50 a.m.

LA as Subject Community Evolutions
with Stella Castillo and Mallory Furnier

To kick off the Bazaar, USC Libraries’ Stella Castillo will discuss how data gathered from the recent member audit opened a window into the lifecycle of archival collections. She will share how succession planning can help make the long-term goals of any collection clear. Mallory Furnier of Cal State Northridge will discuss the creation of the Archives at Risk committee, which is working on a self-assessment program to help archivists thoughtfully manage change and ensure the long-term preservation of these critical community collections.

11:00–11:50 a.m.
Finding Her Voice: Exploring the Archives of Octavia E. Butler
with Lynell George and Julia Meltzer

The Pasadena-born Black science fiction writer and MacArthur “Genius,” Octavia E. Butler died suddenly in 2006, at the age of 58, arguably at the peak of her career. The loss felt as sudden as it did complete. Decades earlier, however, Butler had the presence of mind to donate her vast archive to the Huntington Library, which has worked to preserve and extend her legacy. In 2016, Julia Meltzer, the founder and executive director of Clockshop, an L.A.-based arts nonprofit, commissioned 12 artists and writers to explore the Butler archive and develop new work inspired by their time with Butler’s papers. The year-long initiative, amplifying Butler's work and her global impact was titled “Radio Imagination.” Lynell George was one of those commissioned and her research yielded Free and Clear and A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler. Lynell and Julia will discuss the Butler archive and the significance, power, and problematics of leaving a written legacy behind.

Lynell George is an award-winning Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist. A former writer for the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, she’s spent her career focused on social issues, human behavior, visual arts, music, and literature. Her latest book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, published by Angel City Press in 2020, is a finalist for the Hugo Award.

Julia Meltzer is an artist and filmmaker, and the founding director of Clockshop. Her film and video work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and numerous international film festivals. Her most recent films include the feature documentaries The Light in Her Eyes (2011) and Dalya’s Other Country (2017). Meltzer has received Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships.

1:00–1:50 p.m.

Collecting Covid
with representatives from the Autry Museum, California Historical Society, CSUN, LAPL, Lanterman House, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, and South Asian American Digital Archive

The pandemic may have brought much of the world to a standstill but it also inspired a wave of active collecting projects. Large and small organizations alike developed these projects to document this extraordinary time. Submissions ranged widely, from the written word to physical artworks to video narratives. Panelists from various Southern California archives and museums will describe their “Collecting Covid” projects and share some of the items they received as submissions. After the screening, several of the panelists will join us for a Q&A session.

2:00–2:50 p.m.
Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform Communities
with Ken Bernstein and Kristen Hayashi

Los Angeles has developed one of the nation’s most successful local historic preservation programs, highlighted by an ambitious citywide survey of historic resources. Ken Bernstein, who leads the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, will be in conversation with Kristen Hayashi of the Japanese American National Museum to share key themes and images from his recently published book, Preserving Los Angeles. The discussion will highlight how Los Angeles has identified historic places of social and cultural meaning and demonstrated how preservation can serve as an engine of positive change—whether sparking a downtown renaissance, neighborhood transformation, or new housing opportunities.

Ken Bernstein is a Principal City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, where he leads the department’s Office of Historic Resources (OHR). He serves as lead staff member for the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission, has overseen the completion of SurveyLA, a multi-year citywide survey of historic resources, and has led the creation of a comprehensive historic preservation program for Los Angeles. He is the author of Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities, published by Angel City Press in 2021.

Kristen Hayashi is a public historian who has worked in museums and dabbled in historical preservation. She developed a deep interest in the history of Los Angeles while on the curatorial team for the Becoming Los Angeles exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She furthered her interests in public history and the study of Los Angeles through a PhD program in history at UC Riverside, where she also became introduced to historic preservation. She is the author of several historic landmark designations, which help to bring attention to the diversity that has long characterized the region. Currently, she is the Director of Collections and Curator at the Japanese American National Museum.


Friends Lecture Hall, Second floor (room 240)

10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Organized annually by local archivists since 2003, Home Movie Day Los Angeles has made it possible for folks to watch and reconnect with their own family films by providing access to older (typically analog) equipment and discussing how best to care for collections at home. Home Movie Day at the Archives Bazaar will offer highlights from recent submissions as well as contributions by regional collecting institutions and individual Angelenos. Drop on by for a movie or two and ask moving image archivists any questions about film preservation and how to care for your home movies.

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Basement Tapes Day provides the public with access to vintage audio playback devices so they can listen to home recordings made on open-reel tapes or cassettes that may have been sitting in their closets or garages. Volunteers will be on hand from Los Angeles’ audio preservation community, which includes 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 how to best store and care for their collections.


This year’s History Keepers online exhibit features less-visible stories from L.A. as Subject member collections. The items chosen focus on individuals, families, organizations, and landmarks that have made an impact on Los Angeles. These LA Stories add measurably to our collective knowledge of the region’s history. Explore the exhibit at:

California Humanities Grant Opportunities- Join California Humanities staff for a brief overview of our current grant making programs.  Over the past 20+ years, scores of LA as Subject members and other local cultural organizations, both public and nonprofit, have received grants to support public humanities and documentary media projects exploring LA and Southern California history, heritage, and culture. Click here to watch the presentation.

Virtual exhibitor booth showcases and tours (links go live on Saturday, October 23 at 10am):

*Exhibitors available for live Q&A session via Zoom. Ask your questions here or see Live Q&A schedule for details.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, adhering to Federal, State, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regulations is mandatory.

Please be advised of the following requirements prior to visiting campus for the Los Angele Archives Bazaar.

• All guests will be required to conduct a Trojan Check symptom check on the day of the event, using the “Guest” option. For more rapid access to the campus and the event please complete prior to visiting the campus. (Attendees can also perform a manual check at any of the campus entrances with the attendants there.)

• This event requires masks indoors for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

• Check-in is required at the event. To make this go more smoothly, it is highly encouraged to RSVP for the event beforehand.

• Food and beverages are not currently allowed in Doheny Memorial Library.

For the USC COVID-19 Resource Center, click here.