Los Angeles as Subject

Los Angeles Riots, 1992 (somewhere in Pico-Union)

Next Saturday, The Second Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar will be taking place at The Huntington Library in San Marino. I went last year and was fascinated by the various groups represented and the amount of resources there are for even amateur, wannabe Los Angeles historians. Check it out if you can, and don’t eat beforehand. They’re offering free lunch too!

From their website:

The Second Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar will be Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Huntington Library, Arts Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Join us and interact with Southern California’s premier well-known and lesser-known archival resources. If you enjoy Southern California history or researching any topic on Los Angeles history then you cannot afford to miss the 2007 L.A.

What Is L.A. as Subject?

Hosted by the USC Libraries, L.A. as Subject is an alliance of research archives, libraries, and collections dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region. L.A. as Subject is working to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access to them for students, researchers, K-12 educators, and everyone else with a stake in Southern California history. L.A. as Subject promotes tools and mentoring to help its members with everything from preserving and cataloging materials in their collections to fundraising and public outreach.

To support this mission, L.A. as Subject organizes an annual Archives Bazaar and bimonthly Archives Forum. These events raise public interest in local history while providing opportunities for educators, community archivists, librarians, and historians to share ideas and help one another preserve the L.A. region’s diverse cultural heritage. The research alliance publishes an online directory of 288 local archives–organized by topic–guiding students, researchers, and the public to resources that can help them explore the complex subject that is Los Angeles.

Building on the USC Libraries’ commitment to preserving Southern California and Los Angeles history, L.A. as Subject is developing a variety of new resources to support L.A.-area historical collections and strengthen the involvement of local communities.

The schedule:

11:00 a.m. What is LA as Subject? — Ken McGuire & Phil Ethington
11:30 a.m. DNA – The Archive of Your Ancestry — Doug Miller
12:00 p.m. Get Involved – National History Day — Lourdes Morales
12:30 p.m. You Can’t Take It With You: What to do With Your Collection When Your Kids Don’t Want it — Carol Wells &
Michael Palmer
1:00 p.m. There’s No Time Like the Present To Explore Your Family’s Past — Paula Hinkel
1:30 p.m. Going Digital – Research Collections in the Electronic Age — Todd Grappone
2:00 p.m. Everybody’s a Star: Preserving Your Home Movies — Lance Watsky
2:30 p.m. Researching in Your Jammies: An Introduction to Accessing Archives from Home — Jennifer Allan Goldman
3:00 p.m. Preservation 101 – Basic Tips for the Household Archivist — Michelle Light
3:30 p.m. What is LA As Subject — Ken McGuire and Phil Ethington
FREE light lunch, refreshments, attendance, and parking

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