When I Think of Home: Images from L.A. ArchivesMain MenuIntroductionThe greater Los Angeles area is on the traditional lands of the Gabrielino/Tongva, Chumash, Fernandeño Tataviam and Yuhaaviatam/Maarenga’yam (Serrano) peoples. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water and to their ancestors.L.A. FirstsMigration to Los Angeles in Pursuit of Health and HappinessThe Community and Cultural Enclaves of L.A.Los Angeles Architecture and LandscapesHistoric Home MuseumsContributorsChronologyMapping the ExhibitAcknowledgementsWhen I Think of Home: Images from L.A. Archives is the first digital History Keepers exhibit produced for the annual Archives Bazaar and would not have been possible without the collaboration of LAAS members and Archive Bazaar Exhibit subcommittee members.
Charles Richter with seismometer that he kept in the living room of his home, ca. 1963
12020-09-30T15:38:54-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e310111Many of us take our work home, but for Caltech seismologist Charles F. Richter (1900-1985) that meant keeping a full-sized seismograph in his living room, where he fielded earthquake queries at any time. Richter quipped that the instrument was a great conversation starter for his guests. In the 1930s Richter in collaboration with Beno Gutenberg had developed the eponymous earthquake magnitude scale, the first to characterize the absolute energy of shaking rather than structural damage.2020-09-30T15:38:54-07:00circa 1963Caltech Archives and Special CollectionsIn CopyrightJames McClanahan, ‘Charles Richter with seismometer that he kept in the living room of his home,’ photograph 1.46.1-18, Caltech Photographs, Caltech Archives and Special CollectionsPasadena, Calif.McClanahan, James (Photographer)Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673e
1term2020-10-05T17:38:26-07:00Suzanne Noruschatd5b4fb9efb1f1d6e4833d051ebc06907bb9dba64Caltech Archives and Special CollectionsLikhita Suresh3The California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections, founded in 1968, has a mission of facilitating understanding of Caltech’s role in the history of science and technology. Our collections include the papers of Caltech researchers; photographs, film, audio, video, websites, and publications documenting Caltech’s history; scientific instruments characteristic of research at Caltech; and rare books anchored by the Rocco Collection of early modern physics and astronomy. We have been collecting oral histories of Caltech faculty and other affiliates since 1979, and have published approximately 200 transcripts on the web. Caltech has also made publicly available on the web the papers of astrophysicist George Ellery Hale, founder of Mount Wilson Observatory; aeronautical engineer and pioneer of human-powered flight Paul MacCready; and Nobel Prize-winning particle physicist and molecular biologist Donald Glaser. https://archives.caltech.edu/structured_gallery2020-10-09T11:56:24-07:00Likhita Sureshfa36a2f3506609c5e2c064df653783c84fd35c54
Los Angeles is home to countless artists, innovators, and trailblazers. Our climate and geography, cultural and ethnic communities, business opportunities and history attract an incredible diversity of people who have fostered a spirit of innovation for generations of Angelenos. The most visible expression of our unique environment and creativity is the entertainment industry, represented in this exhibit with a few perspectives from filmmakers and film workers. But LA is also a source of innovation in many other areas, as we see here. The first freeway in the western United States opened in Pasadena in 1940. Walt Disney conceptualized the idea of a theme park and Disneyland was the first of its kind when it opened in 1955. Researchers at Caltech, UCLA and other renowned universities have been making advances in the sciences for decades. And advocates from historically underrepresented communities have led the way in making change and giving voice to those previously unseen and unheard. The LA region has been, and continues to be, a haven for news ideas and radical thinking that impact the world. The people you will meet and the milestones represented in the following images showcase the unique spirit of Angelenos and all the creativity and ingenuity we have to offer.