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An Orange County Portrait: The Smart Studio Collection

Posted in Arts & Humanities, General News, Library Collections, and Library Exhibits

An exhibition, which features historical images held by Pollak Library’s University Archives and Special Collections, opens on October 7, 2013 and will be shown in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery through December 20, 2013.

This unique collection of more than seventy-five black-and-white photographs, selected from the Smart Studio Collection, examines a fascinating cross-section of American life as seen through the lenses of prominent Orange County landscape and portrait photographers Benjamin F. Conaway, Lou Hickox, and Mary Smart. Moreover, this exhibit chronicles the transformation of Orange County and its people from before the establishment of the county through the mid-twentieth century.

An Orange County Portrait: The Smart Studio Collection, is sponsored by the Pollak Library and is produced by Stephanie George, archivist at the Center for Oral and Public History; Phil Brigandi, Orange County historian; and Gail Griswold, graphic designer, all of whom will be available to discuss the project at a special Open House on Thursday, October 10 from noon to 3: 00 p.m. in the gallery.

For addition information about the exhibit, please contact Trish Campbell at

For further information about Pollak Library’s exhibit programs, please contact the Exhibit Program Committee at (657) 278-2990 or

Post originally written by Stephanie George, former Librarian and the Archivist at the Center for Oral and Public History.


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