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Aug132019
When: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
The LA as Subject August meetng will be held at the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (LARHF) and will start off by welcoming the 2019-2021 Executive Committee (to be... Read more
Oct082019
When: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
This meeting will be the last meeting before the 2019 Los Angeles Archives Bazaar (date TBD). Agenda and parking information to be posted in late September. To reserve... Read more

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The USC Libraries announced on Thursday, October 7 that they are now home to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives research collection. The collection is the largest in the world on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history...
The year was 1892, and Catalina Island was in foreclosure. Its owner, George Shatto, had envisioned a resort town on the island but had built few tourist amenities apart from the three-story Hotel Metropole. When the island finally...
Maps are rarely straightforward representations of the world. Since Edward O.C. Ord drew Los Angeles' first official map in 1849, mapmakers have projected their visions for the city onto their creations, shaping L.A.'s image and self-...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog features over a dozen archival photographs and documents related to Southern California's smoggy past: Char Miller recently wrote of Southern California's historical...
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...
Santa Monica’s 10th Annual Citywide Reads in 2012 chose a quintessential Los Angeles author – Raymond Chandler.  Chandler’s  Noir detective stories, starring Philip Marlowe as the hard-boiled sleuth,  frequently use distinctive L.A....
A new exhibit inside the District 7 headquarters of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) features images—many contributed by L.A. as Subject member archives—of Southern California's bicycling past. Everyday Bicycling...
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...
Dormant since spring, the Santa Ana winds howled back to life this week throughout the L.A. area. Triggering allergies, fraying nerves, and alarming fire-prone communities, the winds have long been a fact of life in Southern...
The recent wave of craft breweries opening across Southern California has tapped into a long-dormant tradition of L.A. beer making. L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at the history of L.A. beer,...
The 10th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar will feature exhibits, workshops, author discussions, and conversations with State Librarian George Lucas. PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS First-floor Treasure Room 12:00–12:50 p.m. L.A.T.B.D. Join...
  Before the Jet Age brought safe and comfortable air travel to the masses, most newcomers in Los Angeles arrived by rail. Train depots thus provided tourists' and emigrants' first introduction to Los Angeles, helping shape their...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET.org looks at Southern California's presidential history, from the two U.S. presidents with Southern California roots to a relatively unknown presidential contender who once called Los...
Surfers. Palatial estates. Soul-crushing traffic. Pacific Coast Highway treats motorists to many iconic Southern California views and experiences. But two distinctively shaped rocks have been missing from the Pacific Palisades...
Evicted from City Hall lawns and other public spaces, protestors from across the country plan to "occupy" this Monday's Rose Parade by staging their own procession that will follow the final flower-encrusted float. Though the focus of...