An L.A. Reading List

Now that I’ve returned to Los Angeles and will be working with historical maps, photographs, Sanborn atlases, and reference books related to Geography and GIS, I’m finally getting to some of the books on my reading list dedicated to the subject of Los Angeles. Ashley, Abel, and I visited the Calabasas Public Library today (thanks CPL!) and I got some…

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Back in the library…in southern California!

Beginning March 30, 2015 I will be starting a new position as the Map Curator in the Department of Geography at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). As Map Curator I will be responsible for managing a collection of historical maps, atlases, photographs, and reference materials related to maps, cartography, and geographic information systems. As part of my responsibilities, I will…

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Antecedents to San Francisco’s Dolores Park

In early August 1859, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approves the establishment of a Jewish Cemetery in the Mission District–the location is not yet determined. Congregations Emanu-El and Sherith Israel relocate their small Spring Valley Jewish cemetery to the recently surveyed and platted Mission lands. The old Spring Valley cemetery, located at the corner of today’s Gough and Vallejo streets, was…

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NBC Bay Area: Defunct San Francisco Reservoir to be Turned Into Park

Defunct San Francisco Reservoir to be Turned Into Park | NBC Bay Area. San Francisco’s newest neighborhood park will be atop of Russian Hill, located at the old San Francisco City Works Reservoir at Larkin and Francisco streets. The old San Francisco City Works operated a flume that delivered city water from Mountain Lake in the Presidio to two reservoirs…

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History of San Francisco’s Parks, Plazas, & Public Squares

The History of San Francisco’s Park & Plazas will be a series of articles exploring the history of San Francisco’s parks, plazas, and public squares. Why San Francisco? As a Bay Area resident from 2000-2008 I became very interested in the city of San Francisco as a historical subject. One of my research interests includes how changes in the built environment…

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Manhattan’s Forgotten Graveyards

An article from the Huffington Post on Manhattan’s historical graveyards and cemeteries. Manhattan’s Forgotten Graveyards, Under Public Parks, Famous Hotels and Supermarkets | Greg Young. The website New York City Cemetery Project also has interesting historical information about cemeteries in New York.  

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Index of Old San Francisco Street Names

You can now find an online index of San Francisco’s historical street names. The index contains a list of street names that have been altered over the years, as well as street names that have simply been lost due to changes in the city’s built environment. The reference tool is available to anyone online (scholars, amateur historians, etc.) and includes…

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The Fred Rochlin Collection

Fred Rochlin was a long-time architect in southern California who formed an architecture firm in 1952 with colleague Ephraim Baran. The Los Angeles-based Rochlin & Baran architecture firm specializes in (it’s still an operating firm) the design of hospitals, medical facilities, and, oddly enough, observatories. The Rochlin collection contains materials related to the architect’s post-retirement career as a monologist, performer, and…

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