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Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch in 1949
Tiffney Sanford, April 11, 2018

Today is National Bookmobile Day, a day to celebrate the contributions bookmobiles make to their communities.


Martin Luther King and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Tina Lerno, April 04, 2018

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He was 39 years old when he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.


Photo of Cesar Chavez and his quote: If you want to remember me, organize!
Tina Lerno, March 25, 2018

Why are the libraries closed on Monday? The answer is Cesar Chavez Day. The holiday celebrates the birthday and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez.


Women taking a photograph
Photo Friends, March 02, 2018

As March is Women’s History Month, it is only appropriate to celebrate some of the women who helped document Los Angeles – big events and small moments – for all to see.


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Christina Rice, February 18, 2018

Los Angeles has always been a city of rich cultural diversity, often serving as a beacon of prosperity for migrants and immigrants around the globe.


The Sherman Institute class of 1919. Shades of L.A. Collection.
Christina Rice, November 01, 2017

When the Perris Indian School was established in 1892 by the United States government, it became the first non-reservation boarding school for Native American children in California.


The marquee of the Globe Theater advertises Spanish-language entertainment in the early 1970s.
Christina Rice, September 18, 2017

Once upon a time, Broadway was the Great White Way of the West. A high concentration of theaters populating the stretch of Downtown between 3rd and Olympic rendered it an epicenter for film and live entertainment.


Bugsy Siegel and attorneys
Photo Friends, July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills.


A boy drives a golf cart decorated for a Fourth of July parade in San Pedro.
Photo Friends, June 30, 2017

The Fourth of July is a time when Americans remember their history, look toward the future, and celebrate the present.


Detail of the back of one photo.
Christina Rice, June 12, 2017

Prior to the late 1970s, LGBT coverage in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner (previously the Herald Express) was extremely limited. Any photos in our image archive from the newspaper focus exclusively on men being arrested for "masquerading" as women.


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