A Peek at the History of LA's Beaches

Even though Los Angeles enjoys summer temperatures for most of the year, the beginning of May signals the start of summer thoughts. The end of the school year is approaching, vacation plans are being made, and temperatures are climbing into official beach weather. In the 1950s, for Los Angeles' West Side residents, this meant the start of the beach season.

WE DID IT! 20,000 images available online!

Half of the approximately 40,000 nitrate negative images digitized through the generous support of Arcadia are now available online -- photographs that document Southern California history and culture during the city's early modern years, including its architecture, design, commerce, movie making industry, civic activities, fashions, and notable people and events. Due to the volatile and unstable condition of nitrate film, these resources were in effect unavailable to users until now.

Powell Librarian Simon Lee Discusses Powell's Video Game Events, the Upcoming Game Collection, and the Future of Games in Powell

Have you been to a video game-related event in Powell? Thank Inquiry Librarian and Lead for Learning Technologies Simon Lee. Simon has worked to organize these events, which include the annual International Games Day, and concerts by the Game Music Ensemble. He’s also working on a video game collection for Powell. The connection between video games and libraries might seem unclear to some, but when we talked to Simon about the exciting additions and plans he’s made, he showed us that the two fit together perfectly.

Jeane Hoffman: Pioneer in Sports Journalism

While scanning through photographs from the 1950s in the Los Angeles Times Photo Collection here at UCLA Special Collections, it is rare to see women depicted in professional settings, especially in male-dominated industries, but Jeane Hoffman's picture keeps popping up again and again as the Times' sports writer. Since it wasn't until the mid-1960s that women were allowed in professional sports press boxes, let alone the male locker rooms, her title and prominence at the time was an incredible feat.i