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Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department

Pictorial Map of Mexico, Fischgrind Publishing, Cartographer Miguel Gomez Medina, 1931

Pictorial Map of Mexico

September 15, 2015

This masterpiece of pictorial mapping is an original from the earliest printings of the famed Fischgrind Publishing house and one of the mysterious Miguel Gomez Medina’s greatest works.

Map: West Hollywood: the Community in Action, Community Business Promotions, 1993

A Pictorial Map of West Hollywood

June 01, 2015

To honor LGBT Heritage Month at the library we present this pictorial map of West Hollywood, one of America’s most enlightened cities. Street maps from as recently as the 1970’s ignored the growing power of the gay community in the little city between Beverly Hills and Hollywood.


Mapping the History of African Americans

February 03, 2015

To commemorate Black History month, Central Library offers two maps that exemplify the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in this country. The first is “Americans of Negro Lineage” by the great Louise E. Jefferson, published by the Friendship Press in 1946.

Faces Behind the Places in LA

December 02, 2014

     Driving, biking or even walking! around LA we see many place names that we have come to take for granted. Many of these place names were inspired by Angelenos who helped create them. These are just a number of the faces behind the places.

L.A. Stories from the "Map Cave" graphic

L.A. Stories from the "Map Cave"

August 11, 2014

I have always felt it was a shame that so many maps and the stories they tell are buried in drawers where no one can hear them.

The picture of Rotunda of Los Angeles Central Public Library - Upper Level 2

Reasons to visit the History Department in person

October 17, 2013

While new technology points toward every reference resource being digitized and on your hand-held something there are library beauties that can only be savored in person, in your actual hand kind of experiences.

An open movie book

Books vs. Movies, Part 1

February 06, 2013

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.  ~John LeCarre