The Arboretum Library Good Family Foundation Digitization Project encompasses 24 titles of magazine publications at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The publications start in 1950 and span the entire sixty-five year history of the Arboretum. Lasca Leaves was the premier magazine of Los Angeles area horticulture from 1951 to 1976. It also contained significant articles on the local history of the Arboretum land and buildings. The Biennial Reports add administrative history and the staff newsletters explore the joys of working at the Arboretum.
The project is a collaboration between the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BiodiversityLibrary.org) and the Arboretum. The scanned page images reside at the Biodiversity Heritage Library for long-term preservation and access by another audience. There is a mirror site at the Internet Archives (www.archive.org) for preservation and access as well. The articles have been indexed for author, title, date and subjects. The subject index includes people and plant names and other subjects in the articles. These indexes are searchable. This digitization project adds significantly to easy access to the history of horticulture and our local history in Southern California.
The project was funded by the Good Family Foundation. The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation is grateful for their continuing support of lasting and significant projects for the Arboretum Library.
For more information about this project, please contact Arboretum Librarian, Susan Eubank, at Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org or 626-821-3213.