Friday, October 9, 2009

Lost records found!

One of the nice things about moving the LMU Archives from the Von der Ahe to the new Hannon Library was finding a batch of Loyola Law School Regent Joe Donovan's records transferred but never received.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Save the date! Oct 17th.! The LA Archives Bazaar is On!

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Los Angeles As Subject Forum, I'd like to give you an early invitation to our 4th Annual Archives Bazaar. Now imitated in Austin and Chicago we continue this gathering of artists, students, hipsters and historians, mingling in a treasure trove of L.A. history browsing with archivists, curators, and librarians from the many collections of Los Angeles. Presented by L.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries, the Bazaar offers numerous resources for exploring the rich histories of L.A.'s diverse neighborhoods and communities and virtually any subject related to the Los Angeles region.

Now in our second year at the University of Southern California's Davidson Center, previous exhibitors have included the Autry Museum, Braun Research Library, Beverly Hills Public Library, Bison Archives, California African American Museum, California Council for the Humanities, California State Universities, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, County of Los Angeles Resource Centers, Eighth & Wall Inc., Fairchild Photos, Filipino American Library, GAZIN Photo Archive, Getty Center, Huntington Library, Historical Society of Long Beach, Los Angeles Public Library History Department, Workman and Temple Homestead Museum, Japanese American National Museum, La Senora Research Institute, LA84 Foundation, Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Lightcatcher, Loyola Marymount University, Mayme A. Clayton Library, Occidental College, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Pico Rivera Heritage Society, Santa Monica Library, Seaver Center and Natural History Museum, Shildler Collection of Southern California Ephemera, Society of California Archivists, Southern California Genealogical Society, Southern California Library for Social Research, St. Vincent's Medical Center, UCLA Film & Television Archive and USC Special Collections.

Also throughout the day, there will be group panels, author presentations, and film screenings.

Hope you can join us this year!

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: USC-Davidson Conference Center

Admission: FREE

For more information visit

If you would like 11" x 17" hardcopy posters to display at your school, library, institution, or other locale, please contact

Neil Bethke

Archivist | Archives & Special Collections Loyola Marymount University

1 LMU Drive, Von der Ahe Library Room 1 | Los Angeles, California USA 90045 Phone 310.338.7478 | Fax 310.338.5895 | E:

"No joking permitted" - sign at Burbank Airport

"Nothing is new except the arrangement" - Will Durant

More images from last year's bazaar.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hannon amphitheater

The view from the 3rd floor to the south.

Books near the archives

The offices in the Hannon are sprinkled over all three floors with the general collection bookshelves throughout. I like that books about people like Stiegitz are just around the corner from the archives...

Archives entry

Exiting the elevator at the 3rd floor will bring the visitor to the archives entrance.

Archives in limbo

Well the Archives has been closed now for a few weeks as we move over to our new home in the Hannon Library! Here's a view walking toward the Hannon along the main walkway through campus.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

So long, Von der Ahe Library!

The Charles Von der Ahe Library on the Westchester campus of Loyola Marymount University is closing and all library operations will reopen for fall in the new William Hannon Library nearby. Here's the opening staff following dedication of the Von der Ahe in 1959.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Here we go!

After 50 years in the Von der Ahe Library the university library begins to slowly move into the new William Hannon Library. The archives will close to the public May 26 and reopen in the Hannon August 18, 2009.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Identifying slides

An excellent story in a recent Sports Illustrated, Slide Show is an inside look at the magazine's catalogers at work. You can learn many things from the notes and codes found on the 35mm slide mount. Similiarly it can be good to think of this for other collections as well.

In some cases before upgrading temporary storage boxes to final quality archival boxes care may be taken to preserve the record of these temp box markings especially so if the labeling was made by the creator and is best evidence of original order. Quick reference photos of the old boxes can be saved for the archivists accession file during final processing.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A blue blue Hannon

I just happened to be near the Mondrians when I caught this sundowner light just Photoshop and no Dave Hill...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ann Richards & Stan Kenton at Loyola!

Still looking for more Rose Parade images I found a nice set of photo prints from a Stan Kenton Orchestra concert on campus in the Alumni Memorial Gym. Replacing June Christy as the Kenton vocalist, Ann Richards also becomes Kenton's wife. He is paying keen attention to his new singer on campus at Loyola in 1955.

Loyola Band in the snow

While looking for evidence of LU at the Pasadena Rose Parade the archivist stumbled across this of the Loyola Band playing in California snow in the late Thirties.

Newest view of Hannon Library

It won't be long now. Only have four months left for University Archives in the Von der Ahe Library. The St. Vincent's College and Marymount School & College record series are boxed and ready to go!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Naomi kisses a giraffe

This is a little off topic but for those of you who remember former Head Cataloger Naomi Zahavi this from her recent travel through Africa.

Hannon Feb 2009

Here's a new one from our colleague Jim Beardsley from the Leavey-Marymounters.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Hank Gathers book

Author Kyle Keiderling came a-calling to the archives last month. He's finished the Gathers bio.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Elephant tackled on Sullivan Field at L.U.

With Mike's transfer of campus images and Carmen Mitchell's interest for the AJCU site I'm revisiting a lot that make me smile. Here's a comic publicity shot done for the Lions football team of the Thirties.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Venice oilfields.

Before leaving for Santa Clara U. Michael Engh, S.J. ('72) transferred some of his campus photos and ephemera.

There is a companion image to this of the Baldwin Hills completing a 180 degree pan of Venice, Mar Vista, West LA, Culver City and Inglewood in the Forties.

More of Mike's records will be found with those of other Bellarmine deans and faculty within Rec Group 12.

Monday, January 19, 2009

New view of Hannon Library from the marina

The Hannon Library is just about ready to go. We'll be closing the Von der Ahe Library around the end of June for the move.