A new USC Libraries initiative will create a group of researchers, artists and library curators to deepen the convergence of collections with scholars.
Through the initiative, library curators, scholars and creative practitioners will come together in more direct working relationships to advance research — particularly with primary sources — and develop strategic collections.
The USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative builds upon successful work by the Doheny Postdoctoral Fellows, in partnership with the Department of History and Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the libraries’ Discovery Fellow program.
The initiative will begin with three pilot areas that reflect current collections strengths and which offer rich opportunities for multidisciplinary scholarship and creative production: the history of Los Angeles, California and the American West, including study of the border regions; Holocaust, genocide and exile studies; and LGBTQ history and culture, particularly relating to West Coast activists and activism.
The pilot will draw upon established collections and relationships as a foundation for the initiative’s scholarly activity and public programming, particularly the libraries’ regional history collections and those of member archives in L.A. as Subject, the research collective for which USC Libraries serve as host institution; the libraries’ Holocaust and genocide studies collection and partnerships with the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education; and the archival and art collections and programs of ONE Archives at USC Libraries.
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