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Black and white photo of Malcolm X from the side, standing at a meeting.

Celebrating African American Heritage Month with the LAPL Photo Collection

January 30, 2015

Activist Malcolm X appears at a meeting at 2nd Baptist Church, [1962]. Herald Examiner Collection


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LAPL Photo Collection: Year End Review

December 30, 2014

Over at the LAPL Photo Collection, we were full steam ahead as always in 2014; processing collections, digitizing photos, acquiring new collections, mounting exhibits, coordinating programs, and assisting patrons with research and orders.


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Resurrecting The Valley's Stories Through Photographs

June 29, 2014

The Los Angeles Public Library has been the custodian of  the photo collection from the Valley Times newspaper (1946-1970) for over thirty years, since receiving as part of the donation from the Security Pacific National Bank in 1981.


Charlie Chaplin at the witness stand as the defendant in a paternity suit

All Rise! Hollywood & the Herald Go to Court

December 17, 2013

There were two types of stories the Los Angeles Herald loved to cover – celebrity and scandal. If the two subjects happened to be merged under the same headline, that was even better.


Ann Dvorak Photo

There's More to Local History Research Than the "Los Angeles Times"

November 08, 2013

When I first started researching the life of 1930s/40s film star Ann Dvorak back in 1998, the Internet was around but there wasn’t much to be found on her.


John Kennedy Shaking Hands in Crowd

King, the Kennedys, & Los Angeles

May 28, 2013

In the early 1960s, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy symbolized hope, change, and the dawn of a new era for a country that was caught in the clutches of Cold War fear, and in many cases, clinging to certain outdated social attitudes.


Group Photo in Front of Clock

The Photo Collection Year in Review

December 19, 2012

With the New Year looming ahead of us, it seemed like a perfect time to look back at the 2012 goings on in the Photo Collection.


Photo of Woman and Child Sitting By Lily Pond

How We Worked, How We Played: Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s

December 09, 2012

Los Angeles in the late 1930s was a city in transition. It was suffering through the Great Depression with the rest of the country, but forging ahead with progress. Old Chinatown and La Grande Station were being erased, but Union Station and a New Chinatown would soon emerge.


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