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Sep242020
When: 2:00PM - 3:00PM
What, exactly, is a "social media takeover?" Join Stella and Liza to find out and to participate in an interactive discussion session on ways of using social media to promote... Read more
Oct132020
When: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Agenda and other details TBA. This is the last L.A. as Subject General Membership meeting before the 15th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar . Meeting link will be sent out... Read more

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On July 4, 1847, roughly 700 U.S. troops congregated on a hill overlooking the recently captured ciudad to celebrate the Los Angeles' first American Independence Day. Californio forces under Andres Pico had surrendered just months...
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to the KCET SoCal Focus blog looks at the history of paddleboarding, a sport derived from surfing that was a popular pastime off Southern California shores from the 1930s through the 1950s: This...
Before 1948, there was something funny about the Southland's electricity. Plug in a clock from New York and it would lose 10 minutes every hour. Spin a record on a turntable from San Francisco and it would sound deep and drowsy. Some...
Hotels have long served as temporary abodes for those visiting Southern California. Luxury hotels like the Raymond and the Green made Pasadena a coveted resort destination among East Coast elites in the 1880s. The Hotel Arcadia helped...
Balloons, dirigibles, and their many variations have long traversed SoCal's skies. L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog features archived photos from Southern California's ballooning past: August 17th...
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...
Imagine the Los Angeles River before its metamorphosis into a concrete flood control channel, and Mark Twain’s quip about falling into a California river and coming out “all dusty” might come to mind. But the historical record,...
LALO GUERRERO was born in Tucson, Arizona on a cold Christmas Eve in 1916. An early love for music would take him far, learning to play the guitar when he was just nine years old. His mother was his first and only music teacher....
On Thursday, May 30, a new web video series showcasing L.A. as Subject member collections and the archivists, librarians, and experts who care for them debuts on KCET.org. Through photographs, maps, films, and other resources from L.A...
Today, the seaside community of Santa Monica could hardly be more different from the sprawling harbor district adjacent to San Pedro. An industrial landscape dominates the Harbor Area--the beaches of the former San Pedro Bay have been...
The USC Libraries are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Liza Posas as L.A. as Subject Coordinator. Liza has served as interim L.A. as Subject coordinator for the last 18 months and has been instrumental in managing many L.A....
Glance at an old map of the Hollywood area like the one above and two things stand out. First,the land is remarkably empty. There are few roads and even fewer structures. Second, two separate towns appear where we would expect one:...
When the long-awaited Expo Line opens on April 28, riders will be retracing a historic route through the city. Although its tracks, signals, and power lines are all new, much of the light rail line's right-of-way dates to 1875, when...
For L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog, we asked member archives to dig through their collections for an item that helps Southern Califorians understand our region's history: An important plank of the L.A...
They literally moved mountains to create Dodger Stadium. Between 1959 and 1962, an army of construction workers shifted eight-million cubic yards of earth and rock in the hills above downtown Los Angeles, refashioning the rugged...