In part 1 of this series, we looked at the history behind Canyon del Muerto, or Canyon of the Dead, as seen through the eyes of Frederic Hamer Maude. We saw images from Maude’s collection of Canyon de Chelly on lantern slides that were colored during the development process. Now, let’s take a look at the words … Continue reading Maude’s Adventures Through Canyon del Muerto, Part 2
Sometimes cataloging is just about the content of the book, the inside: Who wrote it, what is it about, how many pages long is it? When the book in hand has a striking illustrated cover as well, a cataloger strives to highlight that aspect, describing the image and researching the illustrating artist. Sometimes, the artist is credited … Continue reading Will Levington Comfort, Apache Manuscript and Book: Searching in One’s Own Backyard
Frederic Hamer Maude was a commercial and landscape photographer based in Los Angeles. Between 1909 and 1960 he traveled throughout California, the Southwest, and the northwest. From his travels he produced a series of illustrated travel lectures. We'll explore these locales along with Maude, starting off with this two part blog post series featuring Canyon del Muerto.
The Land of Sunshine is a bimonthly illustrated journal which Lummis later renamed Out West. He used this publication as a platform for the organizations that he founded. He also encouraged writers, artists, and musicians and was first to publish women authors in the magazines under their own names rather than under pseudonyms. Lummis was the editor … Continue reading Charles Lummis and the Land of Sunshine
Though we are beyond the days of nineteenth-century cowboy icons, a few remote parts of the Southwest continue to carry traces of this rugged and solitary way of life. Director Tamar Lando set out to create a window into this aspect of American culture in her upcoming documentary film, Our Mother the Mountain. “I wanted people to feel viscerally … Continue reading The Story of the Forgotten Ones
Founded in 1888, the Ruskin Art Club was the first women’s club established in Los Angeles. Although early members were prominent society women, they eschewed the notion of forming a social club and, instead, sought to devote their energies to rigorous art historical studies and, ultimately, the creation of a new cultural landscape in the Southern California region.
“It’s one of those wonderful things when what you least expect turns out to be the most important part of your life,” said Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, reflecting on how his 25-year passion for Civil War music started rather unexpectedly. Dr. Scott is the founder and director of the Band of the California Battalion, a band … Continue reading Bringing Civil War Music to Life:
Dr. Gary Scott & The Band of the California Battalion
Part 3 in a series. The Bibliosmiles were a group of like-minded librarians who met at the American Library Association conferences in 1907 and 1908 with Charles Fletcher Lummis serving as their de facto organizer and chief rabble-rouser.
Part 2 in a series. The Bibliosmiles were a group of like-minded librarians who met at the American Library Association conferences in 1907 and 1908 with Charles Fletcher Lummis serving as their de facto organizer and chief rabble-rouser.
“You may call me an artist trapped in a historian’s body,” began Will Dunniway, former Civil War reenactor and master of the 19th-century wet plate photography technique. Dunniway will demonstrate this rarely seen photographic process on Sunday, July 26, at 9:00 a.m. for the Autry’s “Painting With Silver and Light: Civil War and Landscape Photography” event. … Continue reading Will Dunniway: Painter of Silver and Light