MURALS ARE HIDDEN GEMS: Robin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals, 1925-2002

"The photographer, Robin Dunitz, was a long time resident of Los Angeles, an independent researcher on the city's murals, and tour director of the Murals Conservancy of Los Angeles. She documented Los Angeles' murals from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. The University of Southern California collection consists of more than 2,000 digitized 35mm slides of murals in Los Angeles photographed by Robin Dunitz."

ACROSS THE SIERRAS ON HORSEBACK, by James H. McBride, M. D., 1904

"Down at home the rumbling of cars and wagons, the noisy scramble of men, the infinite discordances of civilization leave little room for thoughts that are higher than a sky-scraper or bigger than an income. Up here one sits and walks with Nature. He is part of her quiet and unhurried life, and sees her vast order go serenely on. The life history of a decaying tree is appealing in its slow tragedy; the crumbling rocks that time has chiseled to strange forms have almost a human interest."

Tangible Memories: Californians and their Gardens, 1800-1950, by Judith M. Taylor and Harry Morton Butterfield

"California may be the golden state but it is also a garden state. Innumerable gardens have been made since the Europeans first came, starting with the Franciscan missionaries. The gold rush was the defining period, leading to immense expenditures by newly rich miners."