ICW In Conversation Series

Carleton Watkins in California: How an Artist on the Edge of America Impacted American Science, History and Business

Join us at The Huntington on Wednesday, May 27 from 12-1pm to hear noted art journalist Tyler Green discuss why he thinks that Carleton Watkins, a 19th-century photographer, is one of the most influential artists of his time.  

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AMERICUS: The Historical Novel & the Present Historical Moment 

Join us at The Huntington on Tuesday, June 16 from 12-1pm to hear award-winning author Michael Datcher discuss his novel, Americus. Set in East St. Louis, Americus interrogates the intersection of family, race, and violence in America at the moment of the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riots.

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Western Histories Series


Western Histories is a book series published by the Huntington Library Press and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West in partnership with the University of California Press, with the specific purpose of enlivening and enriching our collective understanding of the significance of California and the American West.


Highlighted Book of the Month:


The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California


Louise Pubols

“Elegant prose and excellent scholarship. . . . Lois Publols’ wonderful book on Spanish and Mexican California holds more meaning than can be supposed.”

(Ronald L. Hatzenbuehler American Historical Review 2011-04-01)

“A fine addition to the libraries of western historians for many years to come.”

(Southern California Quarterly 2011-03-01)

“An excellent detailed narrative. . . . [written] with grace and clarity.”

(Albert M. Camarillo Journal Of American History 2012-04-01)

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ICW Congratulates Jared Farmer

Jared Farmer, ICW's first postdoctoral fellow, has received the 2015 Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians for his book Trees in Paradise: A California History. SEE MORE




LA Times Festival of Books Discussion on California History and Biography, April 19, 2015

“History: Shaping California” was a panel from the 2015 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. You can watch a recording of the panel here.




ICW Congratulates Postdoctoral Colleagues

We are delighted to congratulate current ICW postdoctoral scholars Julia Ornelas-Higdon, Anne Reid, and Allison Miller on their recent appointments.

Julia is a recent USC PhD, and in the fall of 2015, will be joining the history department at CSU Channel Islands.

Anne, who received her PhD at USC in 2013, has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of history at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo beginning Fall 2015.

Allison, our current Mellon postdoc, recently accepted a position as editor of Perspectives on History, the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, based in Washington, DC. 


ICW Congratulates former Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Hersch on his New Appointment

We warmly congratulate our friend and colleague Matt Hersch on his appointment to the Department of the History of Science at Harvard as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Matt was an integral part of our initiation  of the Aerospace History Project, as an NSF postdoc, and we wish him the very best with his new position. 



Third Los Angeles Project

The Third Los Angeles Project is a unique collaboration between Occidental College, Southern California Public Radio and Christopher Hawthorne, professor of practice in the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental, as well as architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times since 2004. A corresponding academic course is running concurrent with the public events.




Boom, Spring 2015

The Spring Issue of Boom focuses on California in the Pacific World in 1915, 2015, and 2115.  ICW Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Logan served as guest editor of the issue. 

The 1915 section of the issue examines California at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition through the lenses of labor via the work of Abigail Markwyn, and landscapes via Elizabeth Logan's essay.

Also, Phoebe S.K. Young takes the conversation further south to San Diego's Panama-California Exposition.


ICW Receives Grant from USC Del Amo Fund for Humboldt Project

Alexander von Humboldt               (1769-1859)

We are delighted to announce that the Del Amo Fund at USC Dornsife has awarded ICW a $15,000 grant in support of a project called "Iberia, New Spain, and Alexander von Humboldt."  These funds will allow the Institute to work closely with Humboldt expert Sandra Rebok, of the Spanish National Research Council, on the preparation of an English-language monograph exploring Humboldt's interactions with Spain and his cartographic and other fascinations with New Spain in the mission and post-mission eras of California history.  


Autry Institute 2015 Research Fellowships

Applications for the Autry National Center’s Institute for the Study of the American West 2015 Research Fellowships are being accepted through November 7, 2014. PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and independent scholars interested in the history and mythologies of the American West are encouraged to apply. Research must be completed before September 1, 2015. 

The Autry is located in Los Angeles and holds one of the nation’s most comprehensive book, archival, and artifact collections on Native American cultures and the history of the American West.



BOOM article by Deverell and Sitton


An article about the film CHINATOWN in BOOM by Bill Deverell and Tom Sitton

"California History"


California History seeks submissions for its new, recurring section,"The Leading Edge."

  • Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
  • Department of History
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0034