The 8th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
by Jennifer Vanoni
On Saturday, October 12th the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries played host to the 8th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, organized by L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The annual event was held in the landmark Doheny Memorial Library and was free and open to the public. The Archives Bazaar was for everyone including, “scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the stories of Los Angeles” and featured public exhibitions from organizations such as The Writer’s Guild Foundation, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
The event ran from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and in addition to the wonderful exhibits of Los Angeles history some other programming highlights included an Antiques Roadshow inspired session where attendees were able to bring in “historical materials like documents and photographs, get them assessed by the Los Angeles Preservation Network and then digitized and placed on a USB drive to take home” and a session dedicated to craft beer brewing in L.A.
My first stop upon arrival was the Writer’s Guild Foundation exhibit where I chatted with Joanne Lammers, Director of the Archive. She was extremely friendly and thrilled that the event would be covered by SLA-UW and shared with students at the University of Washington. She was eager to connect with us via Twitter (@WritersGuildF). The Foundation’s Archive houses an unbelievable collection of scripts, both current and rare, and the absolute highlight of their artifacts at the Bazaar was the handwritten draft of The Empire Strikes Back script laid out on the table. The Foundation had also taken the opening scroll portion of the draft and turned it into postcards for visitors to take with them.
After browsing around many of the higher profile exhibits from media and historical organizations I made my way to an eye-catching exhibit in the far end of the hall where the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) had set up their space. The “CSPG is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents and circulates domestic and international political posters relating to historical and contemporary movements used for social change.” This was my favorite stop of the day. Not only were they very charming but had a really eclectic collection of posters on display and offered me an internship! Score.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics – http://www.politicalgraphics.org/home.html
Writer’s Guild Foundation – https://www.wgfoundation.org/
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – http://www.oscars.org