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Women's Heritage Month Spotlight on Lucille Bryant Raport: North Hollywood Architect

March 06, 2017
For many, the predominant image of the post-War woman is the suburban mother and consummate homemaker as immortalized in television characters of the period such as Donna Stone (The Donna Reed Show), Harriet Nelson (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), and June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver).

In 1966, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke became the first African American woman elected to the California Assembly, and in 1972, was the first woman elected to the House.

Against All Odds: State & Local African American Politicians in the 1960s

January 30, 2017

The 1960s were a transformative period for the country with Civil Rights at the forefront. African Americans gained traction in political positions both at the state and local level, and Los Angeles was no exception. Fortunately, Rolland Curtis was around to document many of these leaders.


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LAPL Photo Collection - Year in Review

December 28, 2016

As we enter this last week of 2016, let's take a look back at what the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection has been up to during the year. 


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Los Angeles Street Names: The Past Coinciding with the Present

September 20, 2016

In a city as a diverse as Los Angeles, there is one thing we almost all have in common - traffic. While stuck at intersections or on freeways, pondering the heritage of our fair city is probably not on the forefront of everyone's minds.


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Celebrating the Career of Greg Louganis Through the Lens of the Herald Examiner

June 01, 2016

The 1984 Olympic Summer Games were a considerable success for the United States as both a host and competitor.


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The Legacy of the Central Library Fire

April 28, 2016

On the morning of April 29, 1986, librarian Dan Dupill was answering telephone calls at the Literature Reference Desk at Central Library.


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Going for the Gold: African Americans and the 1984 Olympic Summer Games

February 01, 2017

On January 25, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to give its final approval to the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.


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Celebrating Women's Heritage Month with the Canoga Rockettes

March 01, 2016

The post-War era brought exponential growth to the San Fernando Valley, transforming the region into the quintessential suburbs.


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A History of Latino Activism in Los Angeles

September 15, 2015

The influence of Latino heritage and culture has long been prevalent in the city of Los Angeles. This includes a history of activism relating to causes at the local, state, national, and international levels.


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Pride in the Face of Adversity: How the Herald Examiner Covered the LGBT Community in Los Angeles

June 01, 2015

As a mainstream news outlet in the 20th Century, it's probably not surprising that the Los Angeles Herald Express (later Herald Examiner) newspaper gave little coverage to the LGBT community.


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