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LA as Subject
Hosted by the USC Libraries, L.A. as Subject is an association of more than 230 libraries, cultural institutions, official archives, and private collectors dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden histories of the Los Angeles region. Our posts here provide a view into the archives of individuals and institutions whose collections inform the great narrative -- in all its complex facets -- of Southern California.
What Flattened the Top of Mt. Lee (of Hollywood Sign Fame)?

What Flattened the Top of Mt. Lee (of Hollywood Sign Fame)?

Before the 110 Freeway, Figueroa Street Ran Through These Tunnels

Before the 110 Freeway, Figueroa Street Ran Through These Tunnels

Photos: When Trolley Tracks Ran Through Southland Beaches

Photos: When Trolley Tracks Ran Through Southland Beaches

Hollywood's Baseball Team Wore Shorts For 4 Seasons

Hollywood's Baseball Team Wore Shorts For 4 Seasons

When North Hollywood Was a Town Named Toluca, Or Lankershim

When North Hollywood Was a Town Named Toluca, Or Lankershim

The Lost City of Tropico, California

The Lost City of Tropico, California

The Lost Towns of Los Angeles County

The Lost Towns of Los Angeles County

How Did Los Angeles Lose its Not-So-Central Park?

How Did Los Angeles Lose its Not-So-Central Park?

What's in a Name? The Origins of Lincoln Heights' Ela Park

What's in a Name? The Origins of Lincoln Heights' Ela Park

Echo Park's Lake Began as a Drinking Water Reservoir

Echo Park's Lake Began as a Drinking Water Reservoir

St. James Park: When a Private Playground Became a Public Park

St. James Park: When a Private Playground Became a Public Park

The Original South Park, an Oasis in South Los Angeles

The Original South Park, an Oasis in South Los Angeles

How the City of Orange Circled Its Towne Square

How the City of Orange Circled Its Towne Square

Photos: When the Cahuenga Pass Was Rustic

Photos: When the Cahuenga Pass Was Rustic

Why Isn't There a Freeway to Beverly Hills?

Why Isn't There a Freeway to Beverly Hills?

How 'Golden Apples' -- Oranges, That Is -- Sold the Golden State

How 'Golden Apples' -- Oranges, That Is -- Sold the Golden State

The Demise of Dead Man's Island, Lost Landmark of L.A.'s Harbor

The Demise of Dead Man's Island, Lost Landmark of L.A.'s Harbor

When the Los Angeles Angels Flew to Anaheim

When the Los Angeles Angels Flew to Anaheim

Mercantile Place: The Tiny, Lost Shopping Street of Downtown L.A.

Mercantile Place: The Tiny, Lost Shopping Street of Downtown L.A.

Photos: Many L.A. Boulevards Began as Streetcar Lines

Photos: Many L.A. Boulevards Began as Streetcar Lines

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