Some research that's right up my alley

I'm doing some research for a short story I'm writing, tentatively titled Paper Dragons. The story is set in 1930s Los Angeles, so I wanted to be as faithful to the locations and street names as possible for the period. Since I love maps, one of my first stops is always the Library of Congress. They have some fantastic historical map collections, including some fascinating panoramic maps. The best part is they're all free to download.

I found this little gem there, and I think it's the perfect map to give me a good reference for the area.

1930s Los Angeles

Of course I'll need more details on the actual locations that the story takes place in, so I purchased this book on Amazon, Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Los Angeles. From what I've seen so far, it's packed full of the kind of rich detail that I'm after. Now if I can just make myself write and quit researching so much, I might actually get this story on paper.

If you haven't checked out the Library of Congress maps collection, I highly recommend it. Even if you're not doing research, it's a load of fun. You might even find something worth framing :)


  1. Awesome resource, Josh. I did not know you could download maps from The Library of Congress. I will definitely be sharing this. Thank you! Best of luck with your short story--I love the title.

  2. Thanks, Von :) I absolutely love the Library of Congress. Of course, I'm a big map nerd :)


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