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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.
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

They Moved Mountains to Build Dodger Stadium

They Moved Mountains to Build Dodger Stadium

From Wool Ranch to the Wiltern: A Brief History of Wilshire & Western

From Wool Ranch to the Wiltern: A Brief History of Wilshire & Western

Hooray for...Colegrove? Remembering Hollywood's Forgotten Neighbor

Hooray for...Colegrove? Remembering Hollywood's Forgotten Neighbor

The Santa Monica Cycle Path: L.A.'s First Bike Lane

The Santa Monica Cycle Path: L.A.'s First Bike Lane

When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland'

When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland'

Photos: From Prospect & Weyse to Hollywood & Vine

Photos: From Prospect & Weyse to Hollywood & Vine

Incline L.A.: Catalina's Island Mountain Railway (Episode 3)

Incline L.A.: Catalina's Island Mountain Railway (Episode 3)

How Orange County Seceded from Los Angeles

How Orange County Seceded from Los Angeles

A Brief History of Bears in the Los Angeles Area

A Brief History of Bears in the Los Angeles Area

The Watson Family's L.A.: A Century of Photography in the City of Angels

The Watson Family's L.A.: A Century of Photography in the City of Angels

Swimming Pools at the Beach? When L.A. Took the Plunge

Swimming Pools at the Beach? When L.A. Took the Plunge

Incline L.A.: The Lost Residential Railway of Mt. Washington (Episode 2)

Incline L.A.: The Lost Residential Railway of Mt. Washington (Episode 2)

From Worthless Land to Semi-Wild Paradise: The Origins of Elysian Park

From Worthless Land to Semi-Wild Paradise: The Origins of Elysian Park

The Sycamores of Southern California: A Brief History

The Sycamores of Southern California: A Brief History

How L.A. Lost One of Its Earliest Parks

How L.A. Lost One of Its Earliest Parks

Prospect Park and L.A.'s Forgotten Borough, Brooklyn Heights

Prospect Park and L.A.'s Forgotten Borough, Brooklyn Heights

Incline L.A.: Angels Flight and Its Lost Sibling, Court Flight (Episode 1)

Incline L.A.: Angels Flight and Its Lost Sibling, Court Flight (Episode 1)