Saturday, October 28, 2006

Historians' Clearinghouse

Fast forward to the future for a moment and plan to attend what sounds like a wonderful event for researchers: A bazaar in which many local archivists will be available at the Huntington to discuss their collections and set up appointments on the spot.

As anyone who has researched local history can tell you, material on the city’s past is scattered all over the Los Angeles Basin—would you believe that the documents and photos on the early days of USC’s Medical School are at UCLA?

The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar (they’re calling it the “First Annual,” but I won’t hold that against them) will be held at the Huntington Library on Saturday Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 30 archives will be represented, including:
  • Autry National Center
  • Beverly Hills Police Department
  • Beverly Hills Public Library
  • Bison Archives (that’s a new one on me)
  • Cal State Northridge
  • Center for the Study of Political Graphics
  • Delmar Watson Photo Archives—run by one of the Watson brothers, who is a walking encyclopedia of Los Angeles history.
  • Eighth and Wall Inc. (another new one on me).
  • Historical Society of Long Beach
  • L.A. as Subject Online Directory
  • Los Angeles City Archives
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Marymount High School and Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Mayme Clayton Library, Museum and Cultural Center
  • Occidental College Library
  • ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Santa Monica Public Library
  • Shelley Gazin (another new one on me).
  • Society of Southern California Archivists
  • Southern California Library
  • Special Collections of the Claremont Colleges
  • St. Vincent Medical Center Historical Conservancy
  • UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • UCLA Special Collections
  • USC Specialized Libraries
  • Wally G. Shidler Collection of Southern California Ephemera (yet another new one on me)
Admission is free and no registration is required. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is at Allen and Orlando in San Marino.

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