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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.
When Anaheim's Flying-Saucer Arena Touched Down Near Disneyland

When Anaheim's Flying-Saucer Arena Touched Down Near Disneyland

Was Western Avenue Once L.A.'s Western Boundary?

Was Western Avenue Once L.A.'s Western Boundary?

Photos: Aliso Street, Before It Became the 101 Freeway

Photos: Aliso Street, Before It Became the 101 Freeway

When East Hollywood's Barnsdall Art Park Was an Olive Orchard

When East Hollywood's Barnsdall Art Park Was an Olive Orchard

Where Is Chavez Ravine, Exactly?

Where Is Chavez Ravine, Exactly?

The Lost Bridle Paths of Beverly Hills

The Lost Bridle Paths of Beverly Hills

How a Health Guru Helped L.A. Discover its Hiking Trails

How a Health Guru Helped L.A. Discover its Hiking Trails

When Oxnard Beach Became 'Hollywood-by-the-Sea'

When Oxnard Beach Became 'Hollywood-by-the-Sea'

When PCH Blasted Through Point Mugu

When PCH Blasted Through Point Mugu

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

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