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SRA Tour of the Clark Library 10/6

October 6, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Last updated 09/21/2022

We have a special opportunity for SRA members this month.

On Thursday, 10/6/22, the SRA will be taking a tour of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Our tour will be from 2-3:30 PM. The library is now operated by the UCLA Libraries, as a gift in 1934 with a $1.5 million endowment.

The Clark Library was built by William Andrews Clark Jr. to consolidate the 13,000 books and other art, prints and rare books from the 17th and 18 centuries, collected by his father. It holds the largest Oscar Wilde collection, outside of England, related to his adventures in North America.

William Clark Sr. made a huge fortune in copper mining during the period when the United States was electrifying the country and the world. The library was started in 1924 and completed in 1926 by renowned architect Robert D. Farquhar. It contains the North and South Book Rooms in an emulation of the libraries owned by the very rich from the late 18th and early 19th century. One unusual feature is that the bookshelves are made of bronze which contains copper. Fine prints, books and paintings are displayed in the book rooms. There is a large globe of the world depicting California as an island. There is a music room with an early Steinway Concert Grand which is still used for concerts and dramas. The extensive grounds cover a city block. William Clark was one of the founders of the LA Philharmonic.

The Clark Library is located at 2520 Cimarron St. on the corner with West Adams Blvd. Located in the West Adams area, 2.5 miles from the USC University Park Campus.There is plenty of free parking if you want to go directly to the library or you can meet with the group at the Emeriti Center before 1:40 PM and take USC Transportation to the Clark Library.

There is no charge for this event.

Lunch will not be provided.

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The deadline to reserve your place on the tour is Monday 10/3/22.


October 6, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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