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. Premiering in January 2016, a new history series, Lost LA, a co-production of KCETLink and the USC Libraries, brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials from L.A. as Subject with innovative forms of documentary storytelling.
How important was the Pacific Electric's arrival to Orange County? When its red cars first rolled into Pacific City in 1904, the small beachside community renamed itself after the railway's owner. We know it today as Huntington Beach.
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