We were thrilled today to see our own Throttle Queens featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times for a full blown story on the Valley Times Collection! Reporter Hailey Branson-Potts spent a lot of time with us and came to love these photos just as much as we do and we appreciate her enthusiasm for the collection.
During the post-World War II era, the San Fernando Valley came to exemplify the explosion of suburban growth that was taking place on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas throughout the country. The Valley Times newspaper (1946-1970) was there to document it all. The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has maintained the photo collection from the Valley Times since 1981 and together with Photo Friends has recently focused on a fundraising campaign to digitize the approximately 45,000 images taken by Valley Times photographers. Now, Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge has turned his Sherman Oaks Field Office over to the Los Angeles Public Library and Photo Friends for a special Valley Times exhibit, focusing on the newspaper’s images of Sherman Oaks!
Join us on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 6-8pm for an opening reception featuring the Valley Times, Sherman Oaks, and refreshments provided by Antonio’s Pizzeria, a community institution since 1957.
Council District 4
Sherman Oaks Field Office
13907 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Can’t make it to the reception? You can still support LAPL and Photo Friends by dining at Antonio’s Pizzeria, who have generously offered to donate a portion of the profits of any order placed on December 12th & 13th when the customer states they want to support the Valley Times project!
13619 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Thanks to fundraising efforts of Photo Friends and a generous grant from the Haynes Foundation, there the Valley Times digitization projects commenced in April 2013. Valley Times archivist Christine Adolph has been hard at work organizing the collection and prepping photos for the scanning lab.
Christine recently earned a Masters of Library and Information from San Jose State University, here and completed an archival internship with the LAPL Photo Collection during the summer of 2012. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video in 1997 and has worked with image collections for local artist collectives, and the preservation of historic collections for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Research Library and the Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park in Lancaster. As a Los Angeles native, who has lived in Sherman Oaks and North Hollywood, and currently lives in Glendale, Christine has a strong interest in the San Fernando Valley community and culture.
Thank you Christine, and keep up the good work!