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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Historical Research

Encyclopedias

One very easy way to start your research is to look in online encyclopedias that will provide an overview of basic background information on a topic. For instance, eLibrary, an online database paid for by the Library, contains several encyclpedias and almanacs in its Referece section. Wikipedia is a very handy tool for getting definitions and creating lists of key words that can be searched elsewhere.

Otis Database

Vogue Archive This resources is perfect for historical research because it has every issue completely available going back to the late 1800s, including ads, articles, etc. All searchable by key word and date range.

Books

There are books which you can browse which will be extremely helpful to you in learning about the cultural, social, and historical context of a particular time or period. 

20th Century Day by Day: 100 years of News Headlines and front pages of newspapers from 1900 through 1999. This should be your first stop to find out what else was going on for your time period. Ref.
D 422
C53
1999
This Fabulous Century
7 volumes
One volume per decade beginning with 1900-1950. Overview of the popular culture of the period. Mostly images. Ref.
E 161
T55
 
American Century: Art & Culture 1900-1950 Based on a Whitney exhibition, this is an in-depth overview of art of the period. N 6512
H355
1999
American Decades
4 volumes
One volume per decade beginning with 1950s. Organized with chapters on world events, education, politics, lifestyles, media, the arts, etc. Ref.
E 169.12
A419
 
Fashions of a Decade
8 volumes
Just fashion. We have the '20s through the '90s. Ref.
GT 596
C837
 

Hulton Getty Picture Collection
6 volumes

 

One volume per decade. All pictures with captions. We have the '20s through the '70s. D 426
Y362
1998

Websites of Interest

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades of the twentieth century. The pages are prepared by the Reference Librarians. Period pictures used.
 
Year by Year 1900-2001

This site describes historic events of the twentieth century by year and by decade.