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Map of Bell’s Row, from the Western States Jewish History Archives.
Peter Hauge, May 16, 2022

President Joseph Biden may have put it best in his 2021 proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month: “The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress.


Glen Creason and his daughter Carrie
Glen Creason, May 13, 2022

I dislike the question “how do you like retirement?” I mean, this is like asking “how do you like breathing?” Life is a one-way street and there are no U-turns on the way toward the great unknown.


Graphic illustration of Aimee Semple McPherson and Angelus Temple
Nicholas Beyelia, March 16, 2022

While scouring microfilm in the History & Genealogy Department at Central Library a few months back, I was startled to see a name that seemed entirely out of place in a particular publication.


Collage of Los Angeles Public Libraries named after women
Tiffney Sanford, March 11, 2022

The Los Angeles Public Library has seven and a "half" branches dedicated to extraordinary women. Let’s take a look at these women and their namesake libraries for Women’s History Month.


Norma Merrick Sklarek in front of the big blue whale
Vi Ha, February 15, 2022

In order to showcase the technology available in the Octavia Lab, celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles, and demonstrate how library resources, such as Tessa, the library's online digital archive, and historical newspaper databases, can be used towards social justice, Octavia Lab staff have been creating


Postcard commemorating the first International Air Meet in the United States.
Photo Friends, January 10, 2022

112 years ago a remarkable event took place on Dominguez Hill in what is now the City of Carson, Los Angeles County. A scant six years after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, an International Air Meet brought throngs to witness feats of aeronautical daring-do.


Oscar Zeta  Acosta, Las Vegas 1971
Daniel Tures, October 13, 2021

One of the most colorful figures of the Chicano Movement of the late 60s and early 70s was Oscar Zeta Acosta, a.k.a. the Brown Buffalo. A radical, hard-living lawyer and activist, Acosta helped lead the East L.A.


Los Angeles Public Library - Central Library  West Entrance. Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. Photo credit: Mark Sugiarto
Eileen King, July 03, 2021

A few words come to mind about my practice as an Art Librarian with roots in both academic and studio experiences—scribe, space, and light. I work in the Los Angeles Central Library.


Morris Kight Residence and Morris Kight ca 1999
Kelly Wallace, June 28, 2021

Los Angeles has over 1,200 Historic-Cultural Monuments, yet only a dozen have been designated because of their association with the LGBTQIA community.


black cat now and then
Kelly Wallace, June 21, 2021

Los Angeles has over 1,200 Historic-Cultural Monuments, yet only a dozen have been designated because of their association with the LGBTQIA community.


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