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Nov292018
When: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Do you have collection items you would like to digitize, but need help getting started? Are you interested in partnering your digitization efforts with other institutions?... Read more
Dec112018
When: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Save the Date - more information and directions to be posted soon. Thumbnail image: Edward Weston image from cover of Glendale, California: The Jewel City brochure, Stamats... Read more

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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...
With his stalwart dam of concrete and steel in place, William Mulholland began flooding the meadowlands of Ivanhoe Canyon in November 1907. The waters rose, sedges drowned, and red-winged blackbirds fluttered away in search of...
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...
Cynni Murphy has devoted her life to preserving and promoting local history of the Santa Monica Bay area.  During her career at Santa Monica Public Library (1977-2012), she was the prime force in advocating for and developing the...
With Silver Lake's Sunset Junction in the news, L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to the KCET SoCal Focus blog looks at the history of the intersection, from its origins as a node in L.A.'s streetcar network to its pivotal role in...
Decades before Walt Disney moved his studio there and dreamed up Tomorrowland, Burbank glimpsed another man’s futuristic vision in 1910, when a colorful inventor named Joseph Fawkes built an experimental monorail, the Aerial Swallow....
L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at a series of hills near Los Angeles' historic core that have disappeared over the years: Los Angeles is not a city short on hills. The Hollywood Sign, one of the...
Like many of Los Angeles' first public parks, Eastlake (now Lincoln) Park began as unwanted land: a fifty-acre site rejected by a railroad and given to the city for free. But like its crosstown rival, Westlake (now MacArthur) Park,...
The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) has played an important historical role in the development of the Los Angeles art scene and has launched the careers of well-known artists who are currently highlighted in the exhibition Golden...
L.A. as Subject is pleased to announce a new collaboration with KCET.  A new blog, SoCal Focus, on the public television station's website complements the station's coverage of local news, events, and issues. KCET has invited L.A. as...