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Photographer Rolland J. Curtis and his mother, Mathilda Curtis. They are standing near a Delta Airlines plane, and she is wearing a corsage.
Photo Friends, May 24, 2018

Born in Louisiana in 1922, Rolland J. Curtis came to Los Angeles with his wife in 1946 after serving in the Marines during WWII.


4 autographs from the Lummis Collection
Rudy Ruiz, May 18, 2018

Former City Librarian Charles F. Lummis approached the Library Board of Directors in October of 1905 and recommended that a system of collecting autographs be put in place:


two bookplates

During the Middle Ages and the early modern era, owning a book was a rare and precious thing.


portion of the front page of the liberator magazine
Neale Stokes, February 23, 2018

The Liberator is an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper, whose owner and editor, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, was born enslaved and spent twenty years in bondage before Emancipation.


Couple at Nightclub, 1962
Neale Stokes, December 28, 2017

What will you eat this New Year's Eve? However we plan to celebrate the new year, Angelenos have a lot of dinner options this December 31st—from buck-fifty street tacos to a $285 tasting menu at Spa


I'll Pick Myself a California Rose sheet music
Tina Lerno, December 28, 2017

Next week marks the 130th Rose Parade®. Going strong since 1890, it’s been showcasing our beautiful Southern California weather and foliage to viewers around the country and the world. It all began when Pasadena Valley Hunt Club member Professor Charles F.


Snowman carrying giant oranges
Tina Lerno, December 20, 2017

Have you ever received an orange in your holiday stocking; did you ever wonder why?

Out here in Los Angeles, if you are dreaming of a snowy holiday season, you might have a very long wait.


children oohing at turkey coming out of the oven
Tina Lerno, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles 100 years ago was an interesting affair. World War I was raging on overseas and most institutions were supporting the war effort either by rationing food supplies, or sending supplies “Over There.”


Ambassador Hotel Menu Cover
Public Relations Office, November 07, 2013
We thank the L.A. Times Books and KCET for recently featuring the Los Angeles Public Library Menu Collection in their publications.

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