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Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection


Charlie Chaplin at the witness stand as the defendant in a paternity suit

All Rise! Hollywood & the Herald Go to Court

December 17, 2013

There were two types of stories the Los Angeles Herald loved to cover – celebrity and scandal. If the two subjects happened to be merged under the same headline, that was even better.


Ann Dvorak Photo

There's More to Local History Research Than the "Los Angeles Times"

November 08, 2013

When I first started researching the life of 1930s/40s film star Ann Dvorak back in 1998, the Internet was around but there wasn’t much to be found on her.


Los Angeles Central Library entrance at Flower Street

Central Library - 20 Years Later

October 02, 2013

On October 3, 1993, Central Library opened its doors to the people of Los Angeles for the first time in over seven years. Originally designed by Bertram G. Goodhue, the building had been a Los Angeles icon since its dedication in 1926, with striking architecture and artwork both inside and out.


John Kennedy Shaking Hands in Crowd

King, the Kennedys, & Los Angeles

May 28, 2013

In the early 1960s, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy symbolized hope, change, and the dawn of a new era for a country that was caught in the clutches of Cold War fear, and in many cases, clinging to certain outdated social attitudes.


Photo of Man Feeding Dolphins

So, What Photos Are Not Online?

January 07, 2013

Since taking over the Photo Collection nearly four years ago, there are two questions I get asked most. The first is, “Do you have any photos of my house?” If your residence is named Pickfair or was once owned by Gloria Swanson, then yes, we probably do.


Group Photo in Front of Clock

The Photo Collection Year in Review

December 19, 2012

With the New Year looming ahead of us, it seemed like a perfect time to look back at the 2012 goings on in the Photo Collection.


Photo of Woman and Child Sitting By Lily Pond

How We Worked, How We Played: Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s

December 09, 2012

Los Angeles in the late 1930s was a city in transition. It was suffering through the Great Depression with the rest of the country, but forging ahead with progress. Old Chinatown and La Grande Station were being erased, but Union Station and a New Chinatown would soon emerge.


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