Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Archiving Los Angeles

Fans of Southern California history, it's one stop-shopping next Saturday as the region's local archives and historians take part in the 4th annual Archives Bazaar at USC.

L.A. Times columnist Hector Tobar elaborates on the event and the importance of our local archivists:

They rescue the things that make up our collective history: a Remington typewriter owned by the Depression-era pioneer of Spanish-language radio, posters and sheet music from the jazz glory days of Central Avenue, the photographs taken outside the Black Cat on the night of Feb. 11, 1967.

On Oct. 17, the people who collect and catalog these artifacts of modern Los Angeles will gather for a kind of open house, the fourth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at USC's Davidson Conference Center.

"It's a first attempt at building history," Chon Noriega told me, describing his work as director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, one of the 70 institutions contributing exhibits to the Archives Bazaar. "Three hundred years from now when somebody comes to this university and wants to write about what happened in Los Angeles, there will be something for them to see."

We missed last year's event -- but hope to make it this year.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
USC-Davidson Conference Center

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