Events
  • Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures
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    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
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    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

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Historical Research

Encyclopedias

One very easy way to start your research is to look in online encyclopedias that will provide an overview of basic background information on a topic. For instance, eLibrary, an online database paid for by the Library, contains several encyclpedias and almanacs in its Referece section. Wikipedia is a very handy tool for getting definitions and creating lists of key words that can be searched elsewhere.

Otis Database

Vogue Archive This resources is perfect for historical research because it has every issue completely available going back to the late 1800s, including ads, articles, etc. All searchable by key word and date range.

Books

There are books which you can browse which will be extremely helpful to you in learning about the cultural, social, and historical context of a particular time or period. 

20th Century Day by Day: 100 years of News Headlines and front pages of newspapers from 1900 through 1999. This should be your first stop to find out what else was going on for your time period. Ref.
D 422
C53
1999
This Fabulous Century
7 volumes
One volume per decade beginning with 1900-1950. Overview of the popular culture of the period. Mostly images. Ref.
E 161
T55
 
American Century: Art & Culture 1900-1950 Based on a Whitney exhibition, this is an in-depth overview of art of the period. N 6512
H355
1999
American Decades
4 volumes
One volume per decade beginning with 1950s. Organized with chapters on world events, education, politics, lifestyles, media, the arts, etc. Ref.
E 169.12
A419
 
Fashions of a Decade
8 volumes
Just fashion. We have the '20s through the '90s. Ref.
GT 596
C837
 

Hulton Getty Picture Collection
6 volumes

 

One volume per decade. All pictures with captions. We have the '20s through the '70s. D 426
Y362
1998

Websites of Interest

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. The pages are prepared by the Reference Librarians. Period pictures used.
 
Year by Year 1900-2001

This site describes historic events of the twentieth century by year and by decade.