LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

Archives Bazaar

The 10th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

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All Day. All in one Place.

Come and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar and the 20th Anniversary of LA as Subject.

Experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the 10th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions—from the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library to private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history. In all, more than 80 archives will be represented at this event, which is free and open to the public.

In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, the bazaar will feature a Day of Preservation, workshops and demonstrations on the archiving and preservation of photographs and scrapbooks; a program on how to research historical information about Los Angeles; a discussion on the history of imbibing in Southern California; a screening of Lost L.A., a new series from KCET on the hidden treasured of the city; and a panel discussion with some of the authors of LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, a groundbreaking new collaboration of cartographers, historians, scholars, and writers.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website.

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First-floor Treasure Room 

12:00–12:50 p.m.
Join USC Libraries Discovery Fellow GEOFF MANAUGH and architects MARK SMOUT and LAURA ALLEN for a public tour of the exhibition L.A.T.B.D., in the first-floor Treasure Room. L.A.T.B.D. incorporates elements of speculative fiction, game design, and detailed architectural modeling to explore diverse possible futures for the city of Los Angeles.

Friends Lecture Hall (room 240)

9:00–9:50 a.m. 
Researching L.A. 101
Have you ever wondered how to get started with your research on Los Angeles—or with research in general? This presentation, by STEPHANIE GEORGE of CSU Fullerton and LISA CRANE of the Claremont Colleges, will give you a detailed overview of how and where to start, including basic research tips useful for anyone working with primary and secondary source material. Topics will include researching from home, visiting archives, the ins and outs of reading rooms, and more.

10:00–10:50 a.m.
The Past, Present, and Future of L.A. as Subject
In the past 20 years, L.A. as Subject has grown from a small program at the Getty Research Institute into an extensive network of archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, collectors, and enthusiasts. L.A. as Subject resident archivists KELSEY KNOX, RACHEL MANDELL, and BETH MCDONALD discuss the past, present, and future of our innovative organization, now administered by the USC Libraries.

11:00–11:50 a.m.
Conversation: State Librarian Greg Lucas with KCETLink's Juan Devis
Since he was appointed California state librarian in March 2014, Greg Lucas has worked to showcase all the ways libraries are embracing the Golden State's reputation for invention and creativity. As senior vice president of content development and production at KCETLink and executive producer of LOST LA—a joint production with the USC Libraries that brings L.A. as Subject member collections to the screen—JUAN DEVIS has taken a prominent role in a creative endeavor that highlights the role of California libraries in the cultural, civic, and artistic life of our state. Lucas and Devis will discuss the urgency of such inventive, collaborative uses of library collections and their essential value to Los Angeles and the state.

1:00–1:50 p.m.
Pecha Kucha
In commemoration of the Archives Bazaar’s 10th anniversary, six L.A. as Subject members will introduce their collections by sharing notable items related to other milestone anniversaries.

2:00–2:50 p.m.
LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas
If the Thomas Guide was the atlas of twentieth-century Los Angeles, LAtitudes is your guide to the heart and soul of the twenty-first-century city. Illuminating topics from taqueros to cycleways, radio stations to lost cattle herds, the maps and essays in this new Heyday book will transform the way you see Los Angeles. LAPL map librarian GLEN CREASON moderates a panel of several LAtitudes authors, including CHARLES HOOD, who explores L.A.’s urban forest in his essay; SYLVIA SUKOP, who profiled L.A.’s pioneering activists for LGBTQ inclusion among mainstream religions; and NATHAN MASTERS of the USC Libraries, who traced the history of the city’s clashing street grids.

3:00–4:10 p.m.
Lost LA
Much of L.A.’s past is lost to history—but we can rediscover it in the region’s archives. This new public television series, a co-production of KCETLink and the USC Libraries, marries archival materials with innovative forms of storytelling. Premiering in January 2016, a pilot season of three episodes showcases emerging filmmakers who bring L.A. as Subject collections to the screen in surprising new ways. A preview of segments about the city’s lost wetlands, abandoned trolley tunnels, and the vanished community of Chavez Ravine follows a conversation among filmmakers JAVIER BARBOZA, MATT GLASS, JORDAN WAYNE LONG, and ALIX SPENCE, moderated by producer/host NATHAN MASTERS.

4:15–5:00 p.m.
Imbibing L.A.
Museum of the American Cocktail historian RICHARD FOSS will trace the evolution of liquor consumption in Southern California, from the wine-loving Spanish to beer-drinking Germans and Americans; the cocktail culture of the late 1800s; the creation of tiki drinks by Don the Beachcomber in the 1930s; the bizarre concoctions of the swinging 60s; through the more sophisticated drinks of today.

Intellectual Commons (room 233)

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Preserving Memories: How to Care for Photographs and Scrapbooks from Archival Treasures to Family Heirlooms
Designed for both the novice and professional, this session will cover care and conservation tips for photographs as well as scrapbooks. Topics will include various film formats, print types, and guidelines for the best archival practices for long-term preservation of both black & white and color film. The scrapbooks section will focus on proper supplies, storage, care, handling, and display solutions for them. Presented by the Los Angeles Preservation Network, and featuring photo archivist JEFF THOMPSON of Twentieth Century Fox and conservator DAWN JAROS of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Personal Digital Archiving: Caring for Your Digital Shoebox
Today’s digital shoebox takes the form of memory cards and online albums. But how does one keep these digital files useful and findable for the long-term? This session will share strategies for personal digital archiving, such as identifying file types, weeding collections, using file-naming schemes, and choosing reliable storage options. Attendees will learn the basics of caring for digital memories in text, image, and audiovisual formats. Presented by MARY WAHL, digital services librarian at CSU Northridge.

1:30–4:00 p.m.
Archivist for a Day
At this informal drop-in workshop, attendees can learn the basics of physical preservation by working with various formats, including photographic, paper-based, monographs, maps, and audio-visual materials. Archival professionals will advise guests on the wide range of tools and supplies available for preserving materials.