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Griffith Park picnic
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1953
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and educational use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
Title supplied by cataloger.; Image is a reproduction.
Shades of L.A. Donor 0015 are Iraqi-American siblings. One is an award-winning journalist and editor whose articles have been featured in major periodicals, while the other is a producer, writer and director primarily of cable network documentaries. Their father arrived in Los Angeles from Iraq in the early 1950s to study at USC as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program. He lived in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, and while at USC was a member of the Arab Students Association. In 1956 he earned his Master of Accounting degree from USC. Their mother was born in Los Angeles of French-Canadian descent and lived in the South Central neighborhood near Vermont Avenue and West 43rd St. They were married in 1956, and moved to Baton Rouge Louisiana in 1957 where the father pursued a Master of Arts degree at Louisiana State University. In 1959, they returned to Southern California and settled in Panorama City. Around 1963-64 the family moved to Encino, and in 1979 they moved to the Canoga Park area which remained their family home. The father passed away from cancer in September 1988.
Arab students from the University of Southern California picnic in Griffith Park. The donors' father is at top, center, in a striped shirt.
1 photographic print :b&w.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Iraqi American Community; Shades of L.A.: Arab American Community
S-009-161 120
University of Southern California--Students
Picnics--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
College students--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Griffith Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Shades of L.A. Iraqi American photographs
Shades of L.A. Arab American photographs
Ali, Suzanne and Lorraine.

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