Mart Crowley's Boys in the Band: In honor of the play's 50th Anniversary

Blog post by Peggy Alexander, LSC Performing Arts Curator

Mart Crowley in his office

Edward Martino Crowley was born on August 12, 1935 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. In the summer of 1967, inspired by The New York Times article by Stanley Kauffmann titled "Homosexual Drama and Its Disguises," Crowley began writing the script for "The Boys in the Band," which he completed in 5 weeks.

Preserving Bruin Spirit at the UCLA Library Conservation Center

(original text by Madison Brockman, conservation graduate student at Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation)

Summer has officially ended, but with the start of every fall quarter comes the return of a beloved institution – the “Solid Gold Sound” marching band! The band has a long and celebrated history here at UCLA, but did you know that a fascinating relic of this history is preserved in the University Archives?

Children of the Core

The University Archives of UCLA contain an extensive film collection dating as far into the past as 1928, even before the construction of the Westwood campus. Many films cannot be safely projected and seen in their original format due to the fragility of their age, and thus require frame by frame inspection. Some are silent, and some possess magnetic soundtracks that cannot be played on equipment owned by the UCLA Library, so the majority cannot reveal to us their original context unless digitized.

It Was 70 Years Ago Today.... HUAC and the Hollywood Blacklist

blog post by Peggy Alexander

Seventy years ago today, October 20, 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began hearings into Communist influence in the motion picture industry, the result of which was the Hollywood Blacklist. This post features materials related to these hearings and the blacklist within collections of UCLA Library Special Collections.

Q&A with Dr. Patricia Greenfield, Co-Curator of the "Weaving Generations Together" Exhibit

If you’re heading through Powell Library’s Rotunda and East Rotunda, you might notice a new exhibit that has been installed for the Fall 2017 quarter. It’s pretty difficult to miss; it features multiple seven-foot mannequins and some of the most beautiful hand-woven textiles you’ll ever see. We spoke to Dr. Greenfield to learn a little bit more about her incredible experience in Nabenchauk and the significance of this exhibit.