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Los Angeles River flood aftermath in North Hollywood, 1938, Robert and Betty Holtby. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

 Natural disasters, as most of us know, are inevitable and can sometimes cause a lot of damage. In Los Angeles, we often experience earthquakes, fires, and occasionally, floods. In recent years, we have had tsunami scares, tornados touching down, and major fires in the area. Special Collections and Archives holds several collections that document various disasters...

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The Great War took the lives of more than 9 million people and devastated millions more but it also brought invention, destroyed long standing empires, redrew borders, and created new ones. Like all wars before and since, the First World War separated families and...

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William Mulholland on the cover of Western Steel and Pipe News.

November 5th, 2013 marks the one hundred-year anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.  Special Collections and Archives celebrates this achievement with the release of the digital collection, Water Works: Documenting Water History in Los Angeles, and the opening of the Catherine Mulholland...

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The nineteenth century often invokes flowery images of romanticism and heavily-embellished architecture. By today's standards, it can also be seen as an oppressive era for women especially with regards to society, marriage, and the household. The Vern and Bonnie Bullough ....

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