I have been utterly fascinated by navigating and searching this archive of local news. From the boulevards of my town, to my own street- I have found secrets and unique histories that have made me love my community even more. Local history is often the most compelling history. Bravo to this important resource.
Society of the Spectacle
Welcome to our founding supporters: Arroyo Seco, Eagle Rock, and Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Councils have committed a total of $2500 for the 2014/15 year.
We estimate it will cost $200,000 to digitize and put online the roughly 340,000 pages in our collection. In order to prepare for future grant requests to a foundation or government agency for large-scale funding, we are initially seeking support and commitment from the Northeast Los Angeles community — neighbors, local elected bodies, and the offices of elected officials Tip of our collective hats to our neighborhood councils for getting us started.
We are or soon will be in contact with other Neighborhood Councils, the three City Council Districts that supported our grant proposal, and other City and County offices. We have also established a means for accepting contributions from individuals through the Highland Park Heritage Trust website.
We are grateful for all donations –from individuals, groups and organizations. Please see How You Can Help to contribute.
In March 2014, we published 6,000 pages to the web to launch the Northeast Los Angeles Newspaper Project. In the several months since then, we have talked to educators, students, neighborhood groups, and City Council staffs about the project and are now raising funds to digitize the bulk of the newspaper collection.
We are pleased to say that NPR radio’s Marketplace, several regional history researchers, Occidental students and faculty, and local residents have been using the small sample we digitized. We are also pleased that a Franklin High School teacher and her students are developing local history research around the papers.
As you have occasion to use the NELA Newspaper Collection please let us know what you find. Readers’ and researchers’ stories will be important to tell as we seek additional funding.
Eric Warren (ERVHS), Dale Stieber (Oxy), Bob Kieft (Oxy), Carmela Gomes (HPHT), Tony Castillo (HPHT), Melinda Ramos-Alatorre (Council District 1), Frank Parrello (ERVHS)
On March 1, the Leadership Committee held a public reception at Occidental College to celebrate the completion of the pilot phase of the NELA Newspapers Project. Despite the heavy (but much-needed) rain, we hosted a good number of guests which included representatives from the Oxy community, board members of our partners in the project, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and Highland Park Heritage Trust, school educators, and representatives of Neighborhood Councils and Council Districts.
In addition to providing an opportunity for guests to meet each other, the Leadership Committee prepared a short presentation, which consisted of introductory remarks from Bob Kieft, a summary of the project’s achievements by Dale Stieber, and a conclusion about the importance of continuing the project by Tony Castillo and Eric Warren.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the NELA Leadership Group invited Occidental College faculty and administrators to a luncheon and presentation about teaching with historic Northeast Los Angeles Community Newspapers. The primary goals of the meeting were to:
1. Introduce Oxy faculty to the NELA Newspapers Collection and Project.
2. Get feedback from faculty on the collection and tools of access.
3. Learn about how faculty currently, or would like to, use historic newspapers in their curriculum.
The attendees –including faculty in History, American Studies, Political Science, and English Writing; research specialists in our Instruction + Research group, Oxy’s Communications Director, and the College student newspaper advisor — joined Leadership Group members Bob Kieft of Occidental College Library, Carmela Gomes of Highland Park Heritage Trust and Eric Warren of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society
After a brief introduction to the NELA Newspapers Collection by Special Collections Librarian/College Archivist Dale Ann Stieber, Project Manager Kate Dundon presented the NELA Newspapers Pilot Project, and open the floor to a discussion on how historic newspapers are used in faculty research and teaching.
I’ll follow up with key points of the discussion that included thoughts on campus / community involvement in gathering newspapers; barriers to overcome for researchers in using local newspapers; and faculty ideas on designing research projects and curricula using NELA newspapers.
Check out the new portal to the NELA Newspapers Collection on Oxy’s Special Collections and College Archives website! Learn about the varied formats of newspapers in the collection, and how to access them.