New Acquisitions: Rare 20th century Japanese photography publications

A recent purchase of early 20th century Japanese photography publications from a dedicated collector, Tom Jacobson, offers extremely rare material for researchers to consult first hand and deepens the Research Library’s coverage of the topic.

Jacobson notes that “most of these kinds of books were destroyed during the war, as the fires in major cities decimated libraries and photographers’ archives” therefore making these types of titles rare in library collections worldwide. Indeed, several of the titles acquired are only held by our library.

The Japan Photographic Annual, 1936-37 (Tōkyō; Ōsaka: Asahi Shinbunsha, Taishō 14, 1925-). 91-S35.

The library now has a collection of 82 titles covering the period of 1920-1960. Half of the volumes predate the end of World War II. The majority of the items are annuals, monographs, and bound journals published during the period. The remaining items are retrospective in nature, exhibition catalogues, and reference materials.

The publications form a coherent study collection for scholars interested in the history of photography and modernism in Japan while making the library one of the very few in this country to hold materials published in Japan during the early 20th century.

The full list of titles is available in Primo Search.

-James Cheney, Collection Development Librarian

Saturday, May 27: Moth treatment scheduled in the Research Library

In response to some moth sightings, an organic moth treatment has been scheduled for the entire Getty Research Institute building starting Saturday, May 27, at 11:00 p.m. All carpeted areas, including reader carrels, will be treated.

The building will re-open on Sunday, May 28 (note that there will be intermittent noise associated with a follow-up vacuuming taking place throughout the building that day).

In preparation, please remove any items from the floor in your work area and place them on your desk, counter spaces, or shelves. These include boxes, paper, or any other materials that might obstruct access to the carpet. You do not need to worry about chairs, chair mats, or trash cans. Please also be certain you have removed any collection materials that might be on or near the floor.

If you have food items stored in your workspace, you should remove them prior to the treatment. If you are unable to do this, you may consider discarding these items when you return.

Focus on E-Resources: Latin American databases

In the spirit of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin America and Latino Art dialogues with Los Angeles that will take place September 2017 – January 2018, we’d like to highlight two databases that relate to Latin America.

HLAS Online Handbook of Latin American Studies

Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and in continuous publication since 1936, this resource is a bibliography of Latin American works selected and annotated by scholars. Each year, more than 130 international academics choose over 5,000 works for inclusion. It is multidisciplinary, alternating annually between the social sciences and the humanities.

HAPI Hispanic American Periodicals Index

A project of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Latin American Institute, this index provides complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews, documents, original literary works, and other materials published since 1970 about Latin America and the Caribbean. Coverage is from the arts and humanities to political, economic, and social issues. This index is available to on-site only.

For a quick tour of HAPI, check out this video:

Susan Flanagan, Collection Development Librarian for Electronic Resources