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New Year lion in New Chinatown
Wendy Horowitz, May 20, 2024

Photographer Harry Quillen loved the circus, and during the 1940s, he enthusiastically captured the light-hearted spirit of the traveling show with his large format camera.


Eric Brightwell and his maps
Keith Kesler, September 26, 2023

Los Angeles, the sprawling metropolis known for its iconic palm trees, Hollywood glitz, and diverse neighborhoods, has always been a city of unique stories and hidden treasures. And in our latest installment of "L.A.


Christina Rice looking at our photo archives
Christina Rice, August 19, 2023

For a look at Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s, the Carol Westwood collection is an indispensable resource.


Self-portrait of Rolland Curtis
Lucia Odono, June 16, 2023

"I found this... what will you find?"


Wendy holding up a photo from the Jay More collection
Wendy Horowitz, February 21, 2023

In this video, archivist Wendy Horowitz of the library’s Photo Collection discusses the Jay More Collection. More was known for documenting historic Los Angeles buildings before they were demolished.


Charlotta Bass, Security Pacific National Collection
Nicholas Beyelia, February 26, 2021

Charlotta Bass, a name well known in Los Angeles history circles, has surfaced recently on a national front thanks in part to the ascension of Senator Kamala Harris to the position of Vice President of the United States.


Hollywood Lunar New Year parade
Photo Friends, February 11, 2021

The Chinese New Year bring celebrations that include firecrackers, parades, fish, dragons, lions, and lucky money in red envelopes.


King speaks to a crowd of 4,500 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles on April 27, 1965
Christina Rice, January 15, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as in so many cities and towns throughout the country, his impact on Los Angeles was strong and far-reaching. King visited L.A.


Gina Hemphill
Christina Rice, February 03, 2020

We have to wait until the summer of 2028 for Los Angeles to host the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, but when we do, we will join Paris and London as only the third city to host the Summer Games three times, having previously done so in 1932 and famously, in 1984.


Gravestones at New Calvary Cemetery
Photo Friends, October 22, 2019

Southern Californians have panache. From the clothes they wear to the dishes they cook to the homes they make, they create their own style—often a mixture of tradition and innovation—and show it proudly. This flair for living does not stop once they stop living.


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