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Stonehurst Historic District

The Stonehurst Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) is a historic district located in the northeast San Fernando Valley. It consists of 60 to 70 quaint bungalows and a few commercial buildings built in the 1920s for a developer by the name of “Pep” Rempp who was later arrested for embezzlement. Significantly, the homes were all built using native river rock from the local Tujunga Valley area. A considerable amount of the structures were built by local Native American resident Dan Montelongo, whose children were central to helping Albert Knight reconstruct the history of the neighborhood. The Stone Houses of the San Fernando Valley Collection documents Mr. Knight's historical reseach into the neighborhood. 

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Allied Propaganda in the Lodge Collection

Major William J. Lodge served as a Statistical Officer in the VIII Fighter Command, 417th Night Fighter Squadron, of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He kept copies of propaganda leaflets and newsletters dropped over Germany and occupied Europe during the last several months of World War II....

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One Line a Day: Five-Year Journals

One unique format that can be found amongst diaries and journals is the five-year journal. In this type of journal, the writer records short entries every day and when the new year begins, they go back and record the day’s entry next to the previous year’s entry. Then, after five years each page displays a single day spanning five years.

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Sunstone, Eliot Weinberger’s 1991 translation of Octavio Paz’s Piedra de sol

Octavio Paz (Mexico City, Mexico, 1914-1998) was a poet, essayist, diplomat, and editor. He served in Mexico's diplomatic corps until 1968, when he resigned in protest of the massacre of student protesters by the Mexican Armed Forces in 1968.

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Asceticism & Eroticism in the Mythology of Śiva

Asceticism & Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva was written by American Indologist and scholar of Sanskrit and Indian textual traditions, Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. This is book is available in the main stacks of the University Library, and in Special Collections and Archives where it is part of the  Vern and Bonnie Bullough Collection on Sex and Gender.

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Child Survivors of the Jewish Holocaust Collection

The Child Survivors of the Jewish Holocaust Collection grew out of the work of Dr. Sarah Traister Moskovitz, who has done much research and writing on peoplep who survived the Holocaust as children. The collection consists of twenty-three oral history interviews done with child survivors recorded on video tape....

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Music Scrapbooks

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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Bentley's Miscellany, "Boz," and Oliver Twist

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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