On April 24, 2015, Armenians worldwide commemorated the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Recognized internationally, but denied by the Turkish government as resulting from a systematic intent, the Genocide represents a fundamental shift in the lives of Armenians.
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.
[Ed. Note: MLIS student / preservation assistant Hillary McCreery Holley prepared some questions for me and I've tried to answer below. This is the second installment of our celebration of American Library Association's Preservation Week.]
Long before J.K. Rowling had conjured up the worldwide phenomenon of the Harry Potter franchise, Mr. Harry Potter, of Santa Clarita, CA, was completing a daily 72-mile round trip route as an RDF Mailman.
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.
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
Dear colleagues, I am pleased to announce the release of the UCLA Library Special Collections Digital Project Toolkit, available here: https://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/programs-projects/digital-projects-special-collections