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Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection



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.


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.


Celebrating African American History Month with the LAPL Photo Collection

January 30, 2015

Activist Malcolm X appears as a spectator during a 1964 court trial in Los Angeles. (Herald Examiner Collection)


LAPL Photo Collection: Year End Review

December 30, 2014

Over at the LAPL Photo Collection, we were full steam ahead as always in 2014; processing collections, digitizing photos, acquiring new collections, mounting exhibits, coordinating programs, and assisting patrons with research and orders.

Valley Times: Sherman Oaks Edition!

November 26, 2014
During the post-World War II era, the San Fernando Valley came to exemplify the explosion of suburban growth that was taking place on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas throughout the country. The Valley Times


Resurrecting The Valley's Stories Through Photographs

June 29, 2014

The Los Angeles Public Library has been the custodian of  the photo collection from the Valley Times newspaper (1946-1970) for over thirty years, since receiving as part of the donation from the Security Pacific National Bank in 1981.

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.