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."

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."

WITH THE FLOWERS AND TREES IN CALIFORNIA, by Charles Francis Saunders, 1914

"Vignes was a popular citizen in his time and lived in a house near the Los Angeles River with a fine old sycamore tree before it, of which he bragged as much as he did of his grape vines. The Spanish-American word for sycamore is aliso, and so he was nicknamed Don Luis del Aliso. The tree is long since swallowed up in the growth of the city..."