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Celebrating the City of the Angels

Album of Los Angeles and VicinityOne of the most important ways that Special Collections and Archives continues its dedication to the preservation of local history is its membership in LA as Subject, a research alliance made up of more than 200 cultural heritage institutions spread across the Los Angeles region.  

LA as Subject has its roots in a project titled, “L.A. as Subject: The Transformative Culture of Los Angeles Communities,” which was a four-year local and comparative research project of the Getty Research Institute initiated in 1995. This project brought together educational and cultural institutions, and interested communities in a collaborative effort to explore and examine the diverse and often hidden collections that tell the stories of LA.

In 1996, L.A. as Subject collaborators formed the Advisory Forum, made up of over forty individuals and their affiliate institutions, including Special Collections and Archives at the library. Over the four years of the project, participants developed and presented a series of community exhibitions and a two-day symposium, culminating in the publication of Cultural Inheritance L.A.: A Directory of Less Visible Archives and Collections in the Los Angeles Region, and its companion online database.

Ten years later, LA as Subject launched its first Flyer, 10th Annual Archives BazaarArchives Bazaar, an event which brought Los Angeles history alive through displays, panel discussions, demonstrations, lectures, and film screenings, all aimed at highlighting the many historical resources available throughout the Los Angeles area. This year, CSUN's Special Collections and Archives is proud to share in the 20th anniversary of LA as Subject and the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, to be held at the Doheny Memorial Library on Saturday, October 17th.  

The event will feature a broad array of institutions and organizations, with experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions. In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, the Bazaar will also feature a Day of Preservation, workshops and demonstrations; a program on how to research historical information about Los Angeles; a discussion on the history of imbibing in Southern California; a screening of Lost L.A., a new series from KCET on the hidden treasures of the city; and a panel discussion with some of the authors of LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, a groundbreaking new collaboration of cartographers, historians, scholars, and writers.

Among its most valued treasures, Special Collections and Archives holds a wide selection of narratives, pictorials, and rare publications related to the history of the greater Los Angeles area. Many of these works are authored or compiled by local historians or civic leaders whose perspectives may offer a unique view into the cultural values and social norms specific to the the time and place in which they were written. Below is a small sample of these important resources.

The First Los Angeles City and County Directory, 1872
Cover, Album of Los Angeles and Vicinity by C.P. Heininger, 1888
Pages from Album of Los Angeles and Vicinity by C.P. Heininger, 1988
Pages from Album of Los Angeles and Vicinity by C.P. Heininger, 1888
Frontispiece and title page, Boyle Workman's The City That Grew: As Told to Caroline Walker, 1936
Title page, Annals of Los Angeles: From the Arrival of the First White Men to the Civil War,1769-1861 by J. Gregg Layne, 1935
Cover, City-Makers: The Men Who Transformed Los Angeles from Village to Metropolis During the First Great Boom, 1868-76
Cover, History of the Jews of Los Angeles by Max Vorspan and Lloyd P. Gartner, 1970
Cover and page 7, Enchanted Pueblo by Ed Ainsworth, illustrated by Orpha Klinker, 1959
Pages from Glimpses of Our Parks: Los Angeles, ca.1899
Cover and pages, La Reina, Los Angeles in Three Centuries: A Volume Commemorating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Security Trust & Savings Bank of Los Angeles, February 11, 1889 by Laurance L. Hill, 1929. Fred Parke Brownlee Collection F869.L8 H6
Cover and pages, Los Angeles, City of Dreams by Harry Carr, illustrations by E. H. Suydam, 1935. F869.L8 C3
Cover, Anarchy Los Angeles, Frank Harding, editor, 1965
Frontispiece and title page, Early Cemeteries of the City of Los Angeles by Edwin H. Carpenter, 1973
Cover, Inside Los Angeles Chinatown by Garding Lui, 1948
Cover, A Short History of Los Angeles by Gordon DeMarco, 1988
Cover, Los Angeles From the Days of the Pueblo by W. W. Robinson, 1959
Cover and pages, Cultural Inheritance L.A.: A Directory of Less-Visible Archives and Collections in the Los Angeles Region, 1999

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