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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.
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

Monte Mar Vista: Luxury Homes With a View (of an Oil Derrick)

Monte Mar Vista: Luxury Homes With a View (of an Oil Derrick)

Photos: When Orange County Was Rural (And Oranges Actually Grew There)

Photos: When Orange County Was Rural (And Oranges Actually Grew There)

Temple Square: The Lost Heart of Commercial Los Angeles

Temple Square: The Lost Heart of Commercial Los Angeles

How Did L.A. Become a City of Palms? And Other Questions About California's Trees

How Did L.A. Become a City of Palms? And Other Questions About California's Trees

Photos: Before Northridge, Other Earthquakes Rattled L.A.

Photos: Before Northridge, Other Earthquakes Rattled L.A.

How N.Y.C.'s Broadway Gave Its Name to an L.A. Street

How N.Y.C.'s Broadway Gave Its Name to an L.A. Street

Year in Review: 2013 in Los Angeles History

Year in Review: 2013 in Los Angeles History

Christmas Tree Lane: The Origins of a Southern California Tradition

Christmas Tree Lane: The Origins of a Southern California Tradition

Broadway Place: Downtown L.A.'s Lost, Quirky Street

Broadway Place: Downtown L.A.'s Lost, Quirky Street

Bizarre Historical Photos of People Threatening Turkeys

Bizarre Historical Photos of People Threatening Turkeys

Colorado Street Bridge at 100: The Birth of a Pasadena Landmark

Colorado Street Bridge at 100: The Birth of a Pasadena Landmark

Photos: When Long Beach Built a Rainbow-Shaped Pier

Photos: When Long Beach Built a Rainbow-Shaped Pier

Ann Dvorak: Researching a Rebellious Film Star That Hollywood Tried to Forget

Ann Dvorak: Researching a Rebellious Film Star That Hollywood Tried to Forget

Photos: When the Metro Orange Line Was Rail

Photos: When the Metro Orange Line Was Rail

Urban Surgery: How Wilshire Was Extended Into Downtown L.A.

Urban Surgery: How Wilshire Was Extended Into Downtown L.A.

Photos: When L.A.'s Most Famous Streets Were Dirt Roads

Photos: When L.A.'s Most Famous Streets Were Dirt Roads