09 October 2008

Los Angeles: Archives Bazaar, Oct. 25

USC will host the third annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar from 10am-5pm Saturday, Oct. 25, according to this Los Angeles Times blog post. The event is free.

Anyone who has researched Los Angeles history knows that the material is spread all over the city and not always in the most logical spot. For example, items from the early history of USC's medical school are housed at UCLA. The archives bazaar, sponsored by L.A. as Subject, is an annual gathering to show off Los Angeles history and provide a clearinghouse for researchers, whether they are working on a scholarly project or family genealogy.
Hosted by 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. It works to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access for everyone interested in Southern California history, including students, researchers, and educators. It promotes tools and mentoring to help members with everything (preserving, cataloging, fundraising, public outreach, etc.).

Exhibitors include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Autry National Center, Los Angeles City Archives, Los Angeles Public Library, and UCLA Special Collections, in addition to less well-known resources, such as: Boyle Heights Historical Society; Chinese Historical Society of Southern California; Filipino-American Library; Japanese American National Museum; LA84 Foundation-Sports Library; Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum; One National Gay and Lesbian Archives; Orange Empire Railway Museum; Society of California Archivists and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive.

Also featured: films, genealogy programs, teaching sessions and book signings.

Experts from the Southern California Genealogical Society will demonstrate how to research attendees' family history using the 1930 census, DNA analysis, online databases, as well as some California resources for genealogical research.

See the complete program here.

The event will be at the USC Davidson Conference Center, Figueroa at Jefferson. The event is free; parking is $8.

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