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Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department

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"Bob Gunton and Patti LuPone as Juan and Eva Peron singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" in a scene from the Broadway production of the musical "Evita."

All About Eva: Los Angeles Hosts the American Debut of the Musical, Evita

May 08, 2019

Los Angeles is a city whose theater scene is typically overlooked, yet every now and then we are host to a production that is monumental.


Cover insert with a drawing of fishing boats by Burroughs student, Keith Robinson

Terminal Education: A Junior High School Yearbook and a Lost Community

January 10, 2019

It's a rare instance when a junior high school yearbook has implications on the social history of a city so when you see it, it’s pretty amazing; the winter 1937 edition of the John Burroughs Junior High School yearbook, Burr, is one such anomaly.


Janos Xantus in front of his sketch from his journal

Hungary Eyes: A Continental Impression of Early Los Angeles

September 25, 2018

A number of travelogues have been written about Los Angeles throughout the decades with a myriad of opinions on the cultural and social climate of the city.


Performer Julian Eltinge in and out of drag

The King of (Drag) Queens: The “Fascinating” Julian Eltinge

June 19, 2018

Long before Divine, Charles Pierce, Craig Russell, Jim Bailey, or any contestant on ‘Drag Race’ brought the art of drag performance to mainstream audiences, there was Julian Eltinge.


Looking northeast towards Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach Memoir: A Look at a Lost Los Angeles Community

May 25, 2018

At some point in 1889 the president and (later) chairman of the board of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Los Angeles, Jackson A. Graves, decided that his Alhambra residence simply wasn’t as relaxing for his family as he would like.


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