May 20, 2022

Digital Collections in Architecture, Television, Travel, and More Now Available via U. of California’s Calisphere

From the California Digital Library (CDL):

Calisphere continues to grow, not only in size but also in breadth with new collections providing insight into innovations in architecture, television, and travel.


UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture (AD&A) Museum is a longstanding contributor of finding aids to the Online Archive of California (OAC). Last December, the museum enabled harvesting of selected digitized materials in its Architecture and Design Collection.

One of the largest architectural archives in North America, the AD&A’s holdings include drawings, photographs, models, project papers, decorative objects, and furniture from Southern California architects and designers from the late nineteenth through the early twenty-first century, with a specific focus on Southern California Modernism.



The Television Academy Foundation has made available an invaluable collection of interviews with people who have made a significant impact on television. Lucy Lawless, LeVar Burton, Alton Brown, George Takei, Barbara Walters, RuPaul — these are only a handful of the 872 individuals whose personal stories offer a unique perspective on television history through The Interviews: An Oral History of Television collection.



The Los Angeles Public Library carries us to a time of exciting innovations in transportation, when railways, airlines, and automobiles opened up possibilities to travel to destinations around the world. The Travel Posters Collection highlights the “Golden Age of Travel,” when posters were commissioned to entice would-be explorers to visit these destinations and appeared as common fixtures in travel agent offices, railway stations and airports. The collection showcases vibrant graphic design, including Art Deco and Futurist imagery.

California Revealed

We are thrilled to share that Calisphere has also added over 6,800 items last month from 69 libraries, archives, and museums that have participated in “California Revealed”. California Revealed is a State Library initiative to help California’s public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, digitize, preserve, and provide online access to archival materials (books, newspapers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and more) that tell the incredible stories of the Golden State.

One noteworthy example is the California Revealed from Women’s Museum of California collection. Founded in 1983, the Women’s Museum of California is one of only five women’s museums in the United States. Its mission is to inspire and educate current and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting a broad collection of reference materials that document women’s history and the female experience.

The California Revealed Project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

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