This Saturday, October 27, Special Collections and Archives was fortunate enough to participate in L.A. as Subject’s seventh annual Archives Bazaar on the USC campus. It was an all-day event with about 80 archives represented from the greater Los Angeles area, as well as some institutions from here in Orange County.
We had a great time interacting with visitors from the community as well as the other exhibitors in the beautiful Doheny Memorial Library. It was great to see so many fascinating repositories gathered in one spot!
Our table included a large display of materials from our Southeast Asian Archive, with duplicates of photographs, records, and memorabilia. We distributed brochures
highlighting our local historical collections at UCI, and we answered numerous questions about our materials. The big hit, though, was our button machine! We made buttons on the spot with photos representing some of our collecting interests, like performing arts and the history of the UCI campus. The Shakespeare buttons went quickly (made for the Shakespeare first folio in our collection), as did the buttons showing Planet of the Apes actors in front of Langson Library (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes was filmed at UCI in 1972). Never underestimate the power of some free buttons!
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday, and a big thank you to L.A. as Subject and USC Libraries for hosting and maintaining such an exciting (and free!) event year after year. We can’t wait for next year’s Bazaar!