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Images from the John Verzi Collection, Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Central Library Courtyard and Rare Books Room

Spring Leadership Circle Member Event*
Presented by Christina Rice, Senior Librarian – Photo Collection

6:00 PM | Reception in the Library’s Courtyard
7:00 PM | Presentation and Group Viewing 

*This event is only for Members of the Leadership Circle of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
If you would like to attend, click here to join or renew your Leadership Circle Membership.

Members of the Leadership Circle and a guest are invited to enjoy a private reception with light bites and a hosted bar in the Central Library’s Children’s Courtyard, followed by a presentation of the John Verzi photo collection from the LAPL Photo archives.


Photographer John Verzi spent decades photographing celebrities in Los Angeles while working at a post office, and after his death, the Los Angeles Public Library acquired his vast photo collection at auction. Verzi’s collection of more than 12,000 photographs taken from 1961-1990 serves as a diary of A-list celebrities taken over decades. But the breadth of the portfolio and its significance to Hollywood and entertainment history is its focus on character actors, child actors, aging silent film stars, musicians and others who shone briefly and fell into obscurity. 

Learn more about this rare collection, how it was acquired by the Los Angeles Public Library, and plans for making the collection accessible to millions, from Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the Photo Collection.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Charleton, Director of Membership and Annual Giving at [email protected]