January 20, 2022

USC Libraries Join Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as Content Hub

The content from the USC Digital Library is already accessible via DPLA.

From Today’s DPLA Announcement:

The University of Southern California Libraries have become the first library in California to partner with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a content hub. USC has contributed more than 250,000 items from the USC Digital Library to the DPLA, including photographs, text documents, moving images, and digital audio.


The newly added USC Libraries’ collections will more than quadruple the amount of material available through the DPLA relating to the history of Los Angeles and Southern California.

“Collaborating with the Digital Public Library of America complements and extends the reach of our work to support research in the history and future of Los Angeles as a Pacific Rim metropolis,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries.

USC Collections Being Made Available via DPLA

The USC Libraries’ collections will bring a new, diverse set of perspectives on California to the DPLA’s holdings. For example, more than 100,000 Works Progress Administration census cards reveal economic and sociological data on pre-WWII Los Angeles and its residents, as well as deep details on the census process and census workers—including statistics on their education levels, health, and income.
The Robin Dunitz and NEH-funded Dick Whittington digital collections offer two views of Los Angeles’ contributions to American art—the former from the point of view of muralists and the photographer who documented their public art for 75 years, the latter through the lens of a commercial photography studio that captured the city’s growth on film during its 20th-century boom years.
“USC Libraries have such rich and deep collections, and they are at the forefront of digitizing and preserving an incredible range of materials,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA executive director. “It is wonderful to welcome USC Libraries as a content hub and to add their unique subject strengths to ours.”
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.