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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.


Nancy Reagan in her Bel Air living room
Wendy Horowitz, June 04, 2017

The Herald Examiner and Valley Times were local papers, covering local news, but when the locale is Los Angeles, it's likely the town's topics will involve celebrities.


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Christina Rice, 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.
Christina Rice, 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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Christina Rice, 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. 


Wendy Horowitz, October 18, 2016

"Clothes make the man", wrote Mark Twain.


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