Object Lesson

Trench Art

In the long, empty hours between the horrific battles of World War I, soldiers sometimes turned their attention to making works of art, now known, and valued, as trench art.

35-millimeter Acme Animation Camera

The 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” consisted of 250,000 hand-drawn images, each filmed by a special 35 mm still camera and then assembled into a movie. Today, animated films are usually done on computer — but LMU wants its animation students to learn the old-fashioned way. Fortunately, the School of Film and Television owns a camera that makes it possible.

Civil War Chest, Special Collections

The chest is leather-bound and rust-colored. The leather pulls away from the metal frame in places and frays in others. The chest’s dimensions are 15 in. x 21 in. x 14 in. It has a metal hasp and buckles, which once helped keep it locked. Union Army markings identify it as a Civil War container.

The J.D. Black Papers

A century ago, the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a 223-mile ribbon of water, slaked the thirst of an expanding City of Angels. Southern California was transformed, as was the Owens Valley, the water’s source. Click here to see images from the Owens Valley collected by J.D. Black.

Coyotes in Westchester

Coyotes — our wild neighbors — live an accommodating lifestyle along the bluff and in the nearby wetlands. They may be adapting to the natural surroundings better than the humans.

Illuminated Manuscript

Thanks to a generous campaign donation, LMU now owns a full-size reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten, hand-illuminated bible created since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago.