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Issue 5: ORGANIZE

September 2017

Hide and Seek:Organizing Hidden Collections

Dorothy Berry discusses the University of Minnesota’s African American Hidden Collections project, a part of the larger Umbra Search program.

Interview · Steven Booth
 

An interview with Steven Booth, Archivist at the Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration. 

Ninomiya Photo Studio Collection

Alexandra Arai Cauley and Christina Pappous discuss the Ninomiya Photo Studio Collection, which consists of 40 years worth the photographs from the family's Los Angeles business.

Mothers of Magic

Spiritualist movements were always populated by female followers, but it was also a context in which a woman straining against the gendered expectations of the day could find their own space to live—and to lead.

Profile · Megan Rosenbloom

This interview with Megan Rosenbloom includes topics on her love for the history of medicine, her trajectory towards Medical Librarianship, directing Death Salon events, and even her research with books made from human skin.

Manly P. Hall Archives

This brief history details one of the most uniquely occult collections in Los Angeles, the Manly P. Hall Alchemy Archive, which recently saw considerable attention in the Art of Alchemy exhibit at the Getty Research Institute.

The Audacity of Pants

Archival research and questions posed from developing an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on androgynous fashion.

Imma Let You Finish But...

An exploration of the convergence of archives, award ceremonies, protest, and Beyoncé.

Riding Oscar's Coattails

Report on UCLA Library Special Collections' Oscars flash exhibit series.

Issue 2: DISASTERS

September 2016

Person: ProjectARCC

Person explores archival culture through interviews with professionals active in the field. In this edition, LAAC spoke with its founder and chair of the Preserve Committee, Casey Davis, along with Eira Tansey, chair of the Protect Committee, over email.

Place: L.A. Riots, 1992

Place explores archival repositories and examines local landmarks as they appear in the archival record. This edition features Koreatown and South Los Angeles in 1992 during the Los Angeles Riots, and focuses on the destruction and chaos that stemmed from the event.

Thing: Archives of Thirst

Thing explores archival culture by highlighting historic documents, collections, exhibits, and artifacts. This edition highlights the archival research and questions posed by the Natural History Museum's 2013 exhibition, Just Add Water, as they relate to the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Person: Mark Clements

Person explores archival culture through interviews with professionals active in the field. This edition features Mark Clements, Archivist for Seafarers International Union, in conversation with Christine Hertzel.

Place: Port of Los Angeles

Place explores archival repositories and examines local landmarks as they appear in the archival record. This edition features the Port of Los Angeles and is written by Nicholas Beyelia who has led the recent advocacy efforts to save the Port’s historic materials following the sudden shutdown of its archival program in 2015.

Thing: May Day Posters

Thing explores archival culture by highlighting historic documents, collections, exhibits, and artifacts. This edition features a selection of May Day Posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Culver City provided by Executive Director Carol Wells and Archivist Emily Sulzer.