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Index to 1,700 autographs collected from 1905-1910 by former City Librarian Charles Lummis. Lummis sent specially designed library stationery to all the leading men and some women of the day asking them to improve the page with a saying, drawing, or other inspiring example. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the collection.

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Index to 181 images, mostly photographs, of opera singers and other artists brought to the L.A. musical stage at the turn of the 20th century by impresario L.E. Behymer.

Index to 1,300 bookplates commissioned by people who wished to identify the books in their libraries through a unique work of art. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", with the images available for online viewing.

Index of current magazine subscriptions for the Central Library's Business and Economics Department.

Bibliographies, abstracts, and location of reference tools kept in the reference area of the Central Library's Business & Economics Department.

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Index to adult fiction which takes place in California. Index can be searched by author, title, locale, decade in which the story takes place, and/or major characters.

Indexes information about people, places, and events that have had a significant impact on life in Southern California. Most newspapers, magazines, and books cited here can be found in the Central Library. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", many of the source materials can be viewed online.

Index to 456 images in various media including wood engraving from the mid-20th century.

Index to The Joseph E. Casey Fashion Plate Collection, which contains over 6,000 handcolored fashion plates from British and American magazines dating from the 1790s to the 1880s. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.

This selection of Los Angeles-Area City and Street-Address Directories spans from 1875-1987 and can be searched by name or address. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections," the directories have been digitized and can be viewed online.

A listing of paper and microform U.S. city, county state, and regional directories located in the History & Genealogy Department. The collection also includes some Canadian Directories.

Index to over 2,500 promotional booklets on food and cooking from commercial and non-commercial sources. The booklets date from the late 19th. century and show the development of advertising art as well as the stated purpose. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the booklets.

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This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

The majority of these photographs reflect the early history of the Department of Water and Power, such as the establishment of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the work of William Mulholland.

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This is not a Library Collection. It is hosted for El Pueblo

The majority of the photographs owned by El Pueblo Monument concern the history of Olvera Street, the Mexican marketplace that was founded in 1930, and its traditional yearly events, such as the Blessing of the Animals, Cinco de Mayo, Las Posadas, and Mexican Independence Day.

An index of environmental impact reports available in the Central Library's Science & Technology Department. The file is particularly useful for locating materials in their review period.

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A collection of over 200 vibrantly-colored labels, designed for citrus growers throughout Southern California, mainly during the first half of the twentieth century. Many of the labels illustrate specific locations in the region, and are an excellent example of commercial graphic design from the period, as well as documenting the industry itself. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images have been digitzed and can be viewed online.

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A genealogy file that contains local history information, selected history resources, and an index of family names in published genealogies located in the History & Genealogy Department.

Finding aids and federal information of interest in the areas of business, science, demographics, and diplomacy.

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Index to 287 prints, mostly originals, some reproductions, by various artists including Hiroshige and Utamaro.

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Index to 110 large-format photos and architect renderings of the Central Library and branches. Call the Rare Books Department at (213) 228-7350 for an appointment to view the images.

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The map collection is over one hundred years old, contains more than 100,000 items and represents a wide scope, including local, national and international cartography. The online archive focuses on maps depicting Los Angeles and the West. The online archive is part of the Library's "Visual Collections", with the maps available for online viewing.

List of menus from Los Angeles, other cities, steamships, airlines, and banquets. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", images of the actual menus are being added to the records.

From the special collections of the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library, this collection spans from the earliest years of the motion picture industry to the World War II era. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", these selected posters have been digitized and may be viewed online.

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An index to books, periodical articles and vertical file holdings of the Central Library's History & Genealogy Dept. on the tribes of North, Central, and South America.

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Provides date, place, cause of death and obituary citation for noted actors, authors, journalists, and librarians. Coverage is more comprehensive after 1970's.

An index to over 2,000 orchestral scores (with parts) available for loan to orchestras in Southern California from the Central Library.

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An index to plays which remain unpublished or have only been published in periodicals. Includes references to reviews.

Inventory forms, photographs, and other supporting documentation on outdoor sculpture found in Southern California. The Index was prepared for the Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) project of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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A listing created by the Central Library's Literature & Fiction Dept. of fiction books for adults which are part of a series or are sequels to earlier novels.

An index created by the Central Library's Literature & Fiction Dept. to short stories in collections and anthologies in the Los Angeles Public Library.

An index of songs appearing in books located in the Central Library Art & Music Department.

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Tessa is the home of Los Angeles Public Library's digitized rare and historical collections. The site provides instant access to over 150,000 digitized items, including photographs, maps, prints, and more.

The Theater Program Collection contains over 11,000 programs from local and national productions.

The Toy Movable Database contains information on Toy Moveable (also known as "pop-up") books owned by LAPL. This is a reference collection, and the items do not circulate

Selected travel posters of exotic destinations are from the collection housed in the International Languages Department and Rare Books at Central Library. The artwork finely demonstrates the sensibilities of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco and early Futurism. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the posters have been digitzed and can be viewed online.

This collection, contains photographs, documents, props, and costumes, has been cataloged. Part of the Library's "Visual Collections", the images are available for online viewing.