Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department

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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. The City of Angels has been both praised and reviled in equal measures, but there is no question that it always leaves a lasting impression.


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. Although remembered (mostly) by historians of queer history, he has been largely forgotten by the mainstream public.


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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