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Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives Participates in 9th-Annual Archives Bazaar

For the past 5 years, Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives has attended and exhibited at the annual Archives Baazar hosted by USC. The Archives Bazaar is a great way for anyone with an interest in the region’s history to find out what local archival repositories have on Southern California history. Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives Intern, Emily Hansen volunteered at the Pepperdine booth for the day and reflected on her experience below.

A few weekends ago, I was extraordinarily fortunate to attend the Archives Bazaar at the University of Southern California as the Intern for Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives. On the 25th of October, I walked into the library at USC enchanted by the architecture, but also lost. Eventually I located the Pepperdine table and we set up a display to highlight the archival collections at Pepperdine. Black and white photos of football games long since passed stood among a book on the St. John’s Bible and a coveted Malibu tile. By the end of the day, 225 people had approached our table to share stories and ask questions. To each, we were able to explain Pepperdine’s role in the history of Los Angeles, as well as the actions and events sponsored by Pepperdine Libraries to preserve and expand this history. Being only a few months into my first archives internship, I knew little about the specifics regarding Pepperdine’s history or collections, or even archives in general. However, with each question and answer, I listened to the archivists and learned more and more about what Special Collections has to offer. I was quickly enthralled by stories such as the descriptions of traveling to Malibu by mule before the construction of major roadways, as well as the early days of the Los Angeles campus, when Pepperdine had a champion football team.

As I ventured away from our table to see the full Bazaar, I was amazed by the amount of collections that were represented. Everyone from the Getty Research Center to local heritage clubs, professional organizations, and concert halls were exhibiting the highlights of their collections. People from all stages of life, whether they be amateurs, students or professionals, established a community of a single interest. Alone, each booth focused on a small and specific sliver of Los Angeles, which when put together described the vibrantly detailed and epic history of this city. Finally, at the end of the day I was able to tour the Special Collections department at USC. The size and beauty of the rooms was noteworthy apart from the astounding displays. The Bazaar, and working for Special Collections in general, is a perfect example of the opportunities available for students to gain experience and grow beyond classroom studies. Understanding the history of the school we attend and the city we live in can only enrich our experience here as students. Though we frequently turn to museums of the greater Los Angeles area, the archives and special collections of Pepperdine, or any organization, paint a picture much more relevant and meaningful to our everyday lives in establishing the tradition that surround us.

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Attendees looking at the Pepperdine materials on display.

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Intern, Emily Hansen and Archivist, Katie Richardson at the Pepperdine booth.

For questions about Special Collections and University Archives please contact Katie Richardson at 310-506-4323.

 

The 2012 Los Angeles Archives Bazaar Is A Success!

On October 27, 2012, Special Collections and University Archives participated in the 7th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar held at Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus. Over eighty archives were represented and hundreds of scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the stories of Los Angeles attended the one-day event. Special Collections and University Archives shared materials from the Malibu Historical Collection, University Archives, and the Digital Collections with the public over the course of the day. Over one hundred people stopped by our table!

(Lindsey Gant and Katie Richardson exhibit some of the materials from Special Collections and University Archives)

The Rindge and Adamson family papers, which are part of the Malibu Historical Collection, were also featured in the special session “A Very Quick Tour of Los Angeles Area Archives” where thirteen L.A. as Subject members shared one notable collection from their archives as a way of introducing their materials. Approximately 80 people attended the session.

A special thanks to Jessica Geiser, Lindsey Gant, and Kevin Miller for making the day a success!

For more information about Special Collections and University Archives please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-4323.


October is American Archives Month!

In addition to celebrating the American record, archives month also raises awareness among the general public regarding the value of archives and archivists. Over the past few years, Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives has participated in the annual Archives Bazaar to promote such awareness. The event celebrates the diversity of Southern California’s history by bringing together archives, archivists, scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the history of Southern California in one central location at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 9am to 5pm.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

This year, the Rindge and Adamson Family Papers from Special Collections and University Archives, will be featured in the session “A Very Quick Tour of Los Angeles Area Archives.” Here is the description of the session:

“Just as speed dating brings together lonely hearts, this quick-paced series of 5-minute presentations will help connect scholars, students, and history buffs with the archival collections they need. More than a dozen L.A. as Subject members will share one notable item from their archives as a way of introducing their collections. Bring a notepad, watch the presentations, and then head down to the exhibition hall for a second date.”

Special Collections and University Archives will also have a booth at the event so stop by and say hi to learn more about the history of the university as well as the region!

For more information about the event please visit the Archives Bazaar website or contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu

Click here to view the Archives Bazaar Poster