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L.A. Public Library Exhibits Historic Maps of California

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The downtown main Los Angeles Public Library opened an exhibit October 15, “L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library” that focuses on Los Angeles and California and features topographic surveys, tourist guides, real estate maps, pictorials, illustrations and more.

Highlights include a 1791 Spanish explorers’ California coast map; a 1975 Goetz Guide to the Murals of East Los Angeles; and Artist-Historian Jo Mora’s masterly illustrated 1942 city map. The exhibition draws exclusively from the Los Angeles Public Library’s own map collection, one of the largest collections owned by a public library in the U.S.

The exhibition closes Jan. 22, 2009.  The library’s website has more information.

The L.A. Times reported on the exhibit Oct. 16, 2008.

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