The Los Angeles Library’s “Shades of LA” photo archive contains more than 10,000 images of black, Latino and Asian-American families throughout Southern California dating back to the early 20th century. Here, librarian Kathy Kabayashi explains the very deliberate process of gathering so many images from people’s private archives as part of this grass-roots community history project.
Looking for eye candy? This digitized collection of thousands of fashion drawings and sketches produced by André Fashion Studios between 1930 and 1941 is the result of a partnership between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library. Thank you!! Browse seasonal designs like winter wear for 1937-38, search for costume components like scarves, collars, blouses, peplums, and raglan sleeves, or enjoy the artistry of designers like Chanel, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Lelong, Patou and many others. Where? Here.
Happy Friday! I highly encourage you to play with The Stereogranimator, The New York Public Library’s new website which allows patrons to create their own animated files or 3-D images from the Library’s collection of stereographs, a popular 19th Century photo format. The web project gives this important, historic medium new life, and also highlights the work of NYPL patron Joshua Heineman, who started creating his own moving images from Library stereograms as an art project for his blog.
My father, Robert Frederick Bernstein (1950-1993) lived and worked as an artist and architect in Los Angeles, California. He died when I was 13 years old. Recently I have developed an archive of his known works using the Web-based content management system, Omeka. It is my hope to gather as many materials as I can representing the artistic and architectural work that my father produced in his lifetime.
Images of my father’s work have been preserved for close to 20 years now in my mother’s garage, or else generously donated to me by his former clients, co-workers and associates. It has really been a wonderful experience for me getting in touch with so many of these people. I am learning more and more about Robert with each phone call, email, and letter I receive. Thank you 1,000 times over to all of you who helped me make this collection come to life.
Casanova was a librarian (really) and other library-related fun facts here (CNN article). Happy National Library Week friends!