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Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department

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Miriam Matthews, 1920

The Incomparable Miriam Matthews

March 05, 2021

As African American Heritage Month ends and Women’s Heritage Month begins, I’d like to draw attention to Miriam Matthews, the trailblazing librarian whose lifetime of achievements are worthy of celebration in any month.


Florence and Dexter at home

Sharing Stories: LA COVID-19 Community Archive

May 15, 2020

History is more than government documents, statistical reports, and newspaper headlines. History isn’t just the chyrons running across the bottom of your television screen. It is the stories of everyday people.


Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial opening day

Going With the Flow: The Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

July 09, 2019

It’s been over forty years, but the water is flowing again at the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial.


Tree-lined street with Jacarandas

Purple Splendor

April 29, 2019

Jacaranda season is almost here, that magical time of year when the spectacular purple blossoms come into sight and chase away May Gray and June Gloom.


stylized view of the parking structure on first and olive

RIP Parking Lot 17

January 23, 2019

Have you been by the corner of First Street and Olive recently? Remember that ugly structure where you parked when you had jury duty? Familiarly referred to as the Erector Set or Tinker Toy garage, the infamous parking structure is no longer there.


TransLogic system tracks running through the library

Translogic: Central Library's Forgotten Book-Mover

October 10, 2018

When the gleaming “new” Central Library opened its doors on October 3, 1993, seven years after the devastating fires of 1986, it touted the latest innovations in computer automation.


Photo of a drawing by Edward Vischer of El Aliso at the Vignes winery

Forgotten Los Angeles History: El Aliso, the Big Tree of Los Angeles

April 27, 2018

“Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

—Trees by Joyce Kilmer


Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building

The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company

February 22, 2018

In 1920s Los Angeles, insurance companies considered black Americans to be either uninsurable or extremely high risk. As a result, black people were routinely denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums.


graphic of chocolates in a heart box, raw chocolate and stacked chocolate candies in wrappers

See's Candy: A Sweet Success Story

February 14, 2018

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz.


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