Images We Love

June 10th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


an advertising image for a cleaner from 1936

Recently a colleague put together some intriguing images from the UCLA Digital Collections to post on the Library’s homepage. I thought this one was so much fun I had to look it up. This is one of many photographs in the Will Connell collection held by Library Special Collections. Learn more about Connell and the collection here from the Finding Aid.

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1932 Los Angeles Olympics

August 8th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink


In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, Los Angeles was the host city for the Summer Olympics (officially the Games of the X Olympiad). Many people doubted the city had the capacity to host the games, especially during such tough economic times, but L.A. came through in grand style.  For the first time, athletes were housed and fed in an Olympic Village, at a cost to their home countries of only $2/day — making it possible for countries to send more athletes. The Los Angeles Olympics were also the first time that the Games recognized a significant profit for the host city, raising approximately $1 million.

The city’s excitement about hosting the 1932 Games started early, with Southern California veterans of the 1928 Junior Olympics posing for the Los Angeles Times in uniforms promoting “Los Angeles 1932.”

Junior Olympic athletes Johnny Falcon, Jerry Deal, Rex Heap and Mike Pina in “Los Angeles 1932″ uniforms in Los Angeles, Calif., 1929

Costume and fashion designer Peggy Hamilton Adams also did her part to boost the Olympic spirit in Los Angeles as “Queen Olympia,” the Los Angeles County “Official Hostess” for the Games.

Peggy Hamilton (center) modeling a Max Rée gown as “Queen Olympia” with members of her court at the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, 1931

Hamilton Adams also modeled a special outfit, featuring illustrations of the Olympic events and the flags of participating nations.

Peggy Hamilton with Governor James Rolph at the Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1932

Photographer Adelbert Bartlett captured the city’s excitement as reflected in the Olympic-themed decorations in downtown Los Angeles.

Hill Street decorated for the Olympics, Los Angeles, 1932

Eighty years later, the UCLA Digital Library Program salutes the athletes currently competing in the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London!

~ Claudia Horning, Metadata Team Leader

Shirley Temple Slept Here

May 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink



When Shirley Temple was at the height of her fame, at not quite six years old, her parents, George and Gertrude

Temple, invited photographer Adelbert Bartlett into their home.  Apparently he was not allowed to take pictures of Shirley herself, but he photographed the house, her bedroom, her playhouse, and her backyard.


Photographs from the Adelbert Bartlett Collection, UCLA Digital Collections:
George and Gertrude Temple residence, Santa Monica, 1934

She had small wooden animals...

...a large lollipop...

...and a charming playhouse.


Two of the photos are nearly identical, but someone has switched the places of the doll and the teddy bear.

The change was probably made by Mr. Bartlett, to capture the reflection of the doll in the mirror…

…but it’s nice to imagine Shirley, on the day of the photographer’s visit, arranging her room to suit her own preferences.


Becky Spiro
UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center

Digital Library Program Update

December 21st, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

On December 16, the Digital Library Program held an update on our activities and new technical framework.  You can now look at the slides from the presentation:   Digital Library Update.

During the presentation, we showed a Google map with photos from our digital library collection geotagged.  You can see this in Google Maps.  This is an example of the kind of new interface and use of our data that will be possible with our new framework.

The David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project

November 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

We are proud to announce the launch of the David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project, a collaboration with Professor Adrian Wisnicki of Birkbeck, University of London and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This project is a collaborative, international effort to use spectral imaging technology and digital publishing to make available a series of faded, illegible texts written by Livingstone when stranded without ink or writing paper in Central Africa. Please see the Washington Post article about the project.

Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

You may remember David Livingstone from the famous rumored utterance of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, upon finding Dr. Livingstone after 6 years without contact in Africa.

The 1871 Diary web site includes critical, textual, and historical essays and notes; a detailed project history and archive that chronicles the rediscovery of Livingstone’s original text, including over 60 downloadable documents and files produced in the course of the project; and a set of web pages that provide browsing of the images and the transcribed text, full-text searching, and the simultaneous searching and comparison between the original 1871 Field Diary, the highly revised 1872 Journal created by Livingstone, and a further revised 1874 posthumously published version.

The separate, but intimately related, Spectral Image Archive digitally preserves all the pages of Livingstone’s 1870 and 1871 Field Diaries as high-resolution spectral images with full metadata, thus providing direct access to all the primary Livingstone data on which this critical edition is based. The Archive is “designed to be self-documenting” and “provides data and metadata in a regular and predicable structure.” This is a very significant part of the project in that it provides access to all the raw data for the project under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial license. The raw data to which the public has access totals 655GB.

The UCLA Digital Library Program is the digital publisher of this project. The diary texts are marked up in TEI P5, indexed in Solr for searching, and displayed using XSLT.

Summer Birthdays and the Digital Library

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

July and August are full of birthdays in the Digital Library Program collections. Here are some we recently celebrated.

July 23: Raymond Chandler, who saw LA in a new light (and darkness) in the twentieth century. UCLA has an extensive collection of his papers.

July 26: Aldous Huxley, another great author who lived in Los Angeles for over 25 years. UCLA also holds a major collection of his papers.

August 6: Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. Here’s a great picture of her and Desi. You can also visit the mural in Culver City.

August 24: Count Basie’s birthday. See a fabulous photo of him, Louis Armstrong (birthday July 6) and other African-American entertainers from our Walter Gordon collection.

We have more birthdays coming up in the next few months with more historical photos from UCLA collections to share! Also, check out our Facebook page: we share other photos there as well.

Report from our DLP intern, Derek Quezada

July 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Derek Quezada, a 2011 graduate of UCLA’s Department of Information Studies at GSEIS was an intern with the Digital Library Program for Winter and Spring quarters. We asked him to write up a little summary of his excellent work. We welcome interns from GSEIS!

As a graduating library student interested in digital collections and information architecture, I was lucky to connect with the Digital Library Program. Working as their intern for the last two quarters I learned from their adaptive and hands-on approach toward the development and maintenance of digital collections. It is an experience that has proven invaluable especially as I prepare to enter the field as professional and apply all that I learned to the day to day challenges of an evolving information environment.

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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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