The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day.

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Collection


New Year lion in New Chinatown

Harry Quillen’s Chinatown

May 20, 2024

Photographer Harry Quillen loved the circus, and during the 1940s, he enthusiastically captured the light-hearted spirit of the traveling show with his large format camera.

Movie industry trailblazers of the Jewish community of Los Angeles

Jewish American Heritage Month: Industry Trailblazers

May 07, 2024

The history of the Jewish community of Los Angeles began before California became a state: Jewish settler Jacob Frankfort arrived in 1841 while the region was still a Spanish colony.

Wendy holding up a photo from the Jay More collection

Video: The Jay More Photo Collection

February 21, 2023

In this video, archivist Wendy Horowitz of the library’s Photo Collection discusses the Jay More Collection. More was known for documenting historic Los Angeles buildings before they were demolished.

A close-up shot is lined up by the director and cameraman during a Maverick shoot on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, [1961]. Valley Times Collection

The Industry In Our Backyard

July 11, 2018

In January 1947, KTLA Channel 5, Los Angeles's first commercial television station, aired its first broadcast, and the Herald Express newspaper was there to report the milestone event.

Nancy Reagan in her Bel Air living room

At Home With...

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.

Mobster Modes

October 18, 2016

"Clothes make the man", wrote Mark Twain.

Journalistic Integrity or Getting The Shot?

October 30, 2014

The Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics states that ethical journalism "should be accurate and fair", and journalists should be "courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information."  Journalists are expected and encouraged to get the story and, as long as it's the und


Here Lies Liberty: Steven Anthony and his fight against eminent domain

April 02, 2014

The issue of eminent domain continues to be the subject of heated debate: progress versus preservation, the benefit of the many at the cost of the few, the rights of the county over the rights of the individual.