Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections and Archives participated in the 6th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, held at USC earlier this month. Pepperdine joined more than 80 archives in the event, which brings Los Angeles history alive through displays, panel discussions, lectures, and film screenings. Other archives that were represented included UCLA Special Collections, the Autry National Center of the American West, and the Japanese American National Museum.
Approximately 1,000 visitors, including scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and others interested in Los Angeles history, browsed the exhibit hall and attended events throughout the day. The Pepperdine booth featured the historic Pepperdine video, 21 Years, as well as books and images from the Malibu Historical Collection and the University Archives. Visitors to the booth recalled the days when Pepperdine was located in South Central Los Angeles and reminisced about early surfing culture in Malibu. Many visitors learned about archival materials at Pepperdine that may enhance their research projects.
The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is organized by L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and improving access to the raw material of Los Angeles history. Pepperdine is one of more than 230 collections represented in the L.A. as Subject online directory, which allows researchers to identify and access archival materials related to Los Angeles.