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Portrait of Harriet Ware from scrapbook, Harriet Ware Collection

Scrapbooks are handmade keepsakes that preserve memories for the future. Special Collections & Archives holds a wide range of scrapbooks pertaining to many different subjects. Here we will focus on a few music scrapbooks from three different collections: the Mimi Melnick Collection, the Peggy Gilbert Collection, and the Harriet Ware Collection

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Yvonne Burke waving in front of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during the Kingdom Day parade. 1992. Guy Crowder Collection. Digital ID: 11.06.GC.N35.B5.47.158.34A

Several black female politicians appear in the Guy Crowder Collection whose careers were marked by many firsts. Two of those women, Yvonne Braithwaite Burke and Maxine Waters, have represented vast areas of Los Angeles during their long careers in public service, and many images of them are available online in the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center Digital Collections....

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Illustration from Oliver Twist, Oliver Twist asks for more

In 1836, English publisher Richard Bentley created and produced his first periodical publication, a literary magazine titled Bentley's Miscellany. He invited Charles Dickens to be the publication's first editor, banking on Dickens's fame and connections in the literary world to help make a success of the....

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Bandleader and musician Louis Jordan (left), unidentified woman, and photographer Harry Adams (right) at the Cavalcade of Jazz. Harry Adams Collection. 93.01.HA.N45.B34.133

By the turn of the twentieth century the Central Avenue District was on its way to becoming the center of African American life in Los Angeles. It was a slow process that took several decades to complete. Several factors contributed to that development. The Central Avenue District was constructed by surrounding white neighborhoods that barred minorities from living in them.

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