L.A. as Subject Collections Connect Angelenos with the Region's
Past and Create Context for its Future
BURBANK, Calif. - May 31, 2013 - KCETLink and The USC Libraries have partnered to create a series of online videos drawing upon the collections of libraries, museums, and private archives that make up the L.A. as Subject research group. The inaugural episodes, titled Incline L.AHYPERLINK "http://www.kcet.org/socalfocus"., reveal the history of Angels Flight and other incline railways that once fulfilled an essential transportation function throughout Los Angeles.
The first installment covers the Angels Flight and Court Flight railways, or funiculars, in downtown Los Angeles. Future episodes tell the stories of Mt. Washington, Catalina Island and Echo Mountain railways.
"The resources found in USC's and L.A. as Subject's archives have played a vital role in understanding the region's past and sense of place," said Zach Behrens, editor-in-chief of blogs for KCETLink. "They have an important place in storytelling and contextualizing today's news."
"USC supports the global community of scholars who study Los Angeles and Southern California," said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries. "This series with KCET will showcase to a wide audience the role of the USC Libraries--as well as that of L.A. as Subject--as vital resources for understanding Los Angeles' past, present and future as a Pacific Rim metropolis."
Collections from the USC Libraries, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archive appear in the debut episode of Incline L.A. Subsequent installments will include collections from several other L.A. as Subject member archives.
Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries writes and directs the Incline L.A. series, working with a production team from KCETLink. The USC Libraries are the host institution for the L.A. as Subject organization, which has collaborated with KCET for more than two years on their Southern California-themed SoCal Focus blog.
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