In the News: Hot Enough for You?

October 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


The History of Air Conditioning

Cover of the pamphlet

The Story of Air Conditioning, a fact-filled 16-page pamphlet distributed by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Machinery Association sometime between 1940 and 1953, is available for reading at History & Special Collections for the Sciences on the 4th floor of the Biomedical Library. It also is online at: <>.

This recent acquisition—the only recorded copy, found by West Sand Lake, New York-based ephemera dealer aGatherin’—uses the characters Tempy (temperature), Drippy (humidity), Stirry (air circulation), and Dusty (cleanliness) to answer the question, “Did you ever wonder why you are so much more comfortable in air conditioned surroundings?” [Italics are theirs.]  The pamphlet is wittily illustrated by John Groth, who was the art editor of Esquire in the 1930s and combat correspondent and artist for the Chicago Sun during World War II.

by Russell A. Johnson


Happy 103rd birthday, Walter L. Gordon, Jr.!

June 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

On Monday, June 20, the UCLA Library hosted a celebration of Walter L. Gordon, Jr.’s 103rd birthday, and his long, productive life as an attorney, civic leader, and historian.

Walter L. Gordon, Jr. & Judge William C. Beverly, Jr.

We also took the occasion to honor Judge William C. Beverly, Jr., who graciously donated the legacy of Mr. Gordon’s many years of collecting historical photographs documenting life in Los Angeles: the Walter L. Gordon, Jr./William C. Beverly, Jr. digital collection. You can find our earlier post about this collection here.

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Celebrate Jazz

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Benny Carter playing sax at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City, California, August 1995

This Saturday is International Jazz Day.  Get inspired by pictures from Los Angeles jazz photographers James Arkatov and Mark Weber.  Or check out some live music at UCLA’s 25th annual JazzReggae Festival.

Lynn DeLacy


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

From the Children's Arabian nights

Book lovers unite!  While we normally use this space to highlight digital collections, we are encouraging you to un-plug this weekend and join in the fun.

The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday on the campus of the University of Southern California.  The two-day festival features author readings, book signings, children’s activities and exhibition booths with hundreds of booksellers, publishers and literary organizations.

Lynn DeLacy

“No Greater Service”: Peace Corps Turns 50

April 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


PEACE CORPS ‘BASIC TRAINING’-Recruits for the Peace Corps are nearing the end of a five-week course to qualify them for working in conditions in Colombia and Venezuela. Checking out a brick making machine in the left picture are, from left, Dr. Robert H. Ewald, student Gary Cartright, Dr. Robert Callahan and student Francis Fox. (from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections.  Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.)

This year the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world.  Learn more about UCLA’s involvement in the Corps at Powell Library’s exhibit  commemorating the event.  Featuring maps, photographs, archival documents, audiovisual elements, and personal recollections and mementos from UCLA faculty, staff, alumni, and trainees, the exhibit follows volunteers as they travel the world to make a difference.

Lynn DeLacy

Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

April 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

April 16th is the birthday of a great UCLA Bruin and Angeleno, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  His Wikipedia entry gives more detail about his fascinating life and career.  Though of course he is best known for his exploits on the basketball court, Abdul-Jabbar is a writer, filmmaker, actor and coach, and some UCLA librarians have even seen him doing research in special collections repositories around the country!  This great photo, from our collections, shows Abdul-Jabbar with Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche, another great Bruin.  We’d also like to point out that Kareem is on a READ poster and it’s National Library Week this week!  Check out the book he’s promoting!  Bruins + libraries make us very happy!

Jennifer Weintraub