University of Southern California Libraries New Digital Resources for LA Community Histories #usa #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen



The University of Southern California (USC), with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom completed a three-year project to collaboartively build digital collections with community archives partners.  Many of these participating organizations are active in the L.A. as Subject research alliance of 230 archives hosted by the USC Libraries. L.A. as Subject will present the 16th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at Doheny Library on Oct. 23, 2021, while simultaneously offering a full complement of online programs exploring many facets of Southern California history.


The new digital collections include 15,755 pages of paper records such as broadsides, posters, correspondence, postcards, and ephemera; 1,000 historic photographs; 2,000 video recordings totaling 3,155 hours; and photographs of 95 cultural objects. The archival resources document the lived experiences and perspectives of African American, Asian American, Jewish, and Mexican American communities in Southern California from the late 1800s to the present and are freely accessible online via the USC Digital LibraryCalisphereDigital Public Library of America, and websites maintained by the participating community archives.


The Southern California Library contributed the records of the Emma Lazarus Jewish Women’s Clubs of Los Angeles, which feature meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, flyers, and other materials documenting the civil rights activism of the clubs from the 1950s to 1980, local and national alliances with African American civil rights organizations, and advocacy on issues ranging from women’s rights to peace and labor issues. 


At the time of this posting the Southern California Library is undergoing building repairs.  To contact them email them at: archives@... fir assistance.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee