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Exterior view of the Lincoln Heights Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Helping Everyone to Help Themselves - Andrew Carnegie and Libraries

January 28, 2020

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1835 and immigrated to the United States in 1848. Landing in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, 13-year-old Andrew Carnegie started working as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread in a cotton mill. He worked twelve hours a day, six days a week.


3 women eating fruitcake

The Festive Feasts of Los Angeles

December 19, 2019

Ready for the holidays? Hungry?


Indians accept proclamation

Native American Heritage Month - Images From the Collection

November 19, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month. The land that now constitutes California once housed the most diverse population of indigenous people in the Western hemisphere, with 150 different Native American tribes inhabiting the area.


Gravestones at New Calvary Cemetery

The Final Farewell—Funerals, Burials, and Memorials in Southern California

October 22, 2019

Southern Californians have panache. From the clothes they wear to the dishes they cook to the homes they make, they create their own style—often a mixture of tradition and innovation—and show it proudly. This flair for living does not stop once they stop living.


Mexican American musical group ca 1960

Snapshots from the Melting Pot – Celebrating the Heritage of Folks Who Helped Make Los Angeles Great

September 16, 2019

National Latino Heritage Month is a month dedicated to highlighting the culture and contributions of Americans whose origins can be traced to Mexico plus Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and other Central American countries as well as Cuba and the Caribbean.


Baby splashing in a pool

Bringing the Heat!

July 30, 2019

The Los Angeles basin cannot escape the fact that its climate tends to extremes, particularly of the hot variety.


Ethel Schultheis looks into a large fountain

Mr. and Mrs. Schultheis go to Santa Barbara

June 19, 2019

We have written before about Herman Schultheis, the German-born photographer and jack of all film-related trades. With his wife, Ethel, Herman arrived in Los Angeles in 1937 with high hopes of a career in the film industry.


Nightclub at 42nd and Central Avenue, with Lucille and Edward on the right.

It’s Cool, It’s Hot, It Swings, It Slides … It’s Jazz - and it’s in L.A.

May 15, 2019

Whether you want it hot or cool, swingin’ or slow, Dixieland or experimental, there’s jazz to fit your mood, mellow you out, pick you up. Jazz was born in New Orleans—the only place in the U.S. in the 1800s where slaves were allowed to own drums.


The Pike and warships

Taking a Peek at The Pike: Long Beach’s Oceanfront Amusement Zone

April 10, 2019

William Willmore had a brilliant idea. He was going to create a farming community on the coast of Southern California. He bought 4,000 acres of Rancho Los Cerritos and subdivided the land into plots which comprised Willmore City.


Five women pose in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968

The Personal Side of History – Shades of L.A.: African American Community

February 20, 2019

Over 25 years ago, while organizing the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, librarian Carolyn Kozo Cole found many photos that documented the city’s political and professional history—political rallies, building construction, front page stories—but few images showing the personal


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