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Universities and colleges have been involved in creating digital archives for the web-curious public for over a decade, and successful projects have been launched at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pittsburgh, among others. The University of Southern California (USC) has created their own digital archive, which draws on their own archival holdings, along with those of other collaborating institutions. Currently, the USC Digital Archive provides access to over 100,000 photographs, maps, and texts. Within this archive, there is a distinct emphasis on materials that relate directly to the Southern California region, particularly the city of Los Angels. Additional materials are related to the western United States more generally, and the Pacific Rim region as well. Visitors can perform a basic or advanced search within this archive, or they can also browse through one of the thematic collections. These collections include a clutch of land use maps of Los Angeles created by the Works Progress Administration and the Sea of Korea map collection.
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