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Nick Souza says: My largest and most noteworthy front-page photo was the farewell staff photo in front of the building.... Standing on a giant ladder in the middle of Broadway, I quickly snapped some photos of the editors, reporters and photographers that ended up being run six columns wide with the headline: 'So Long, L.A.' "

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Nov. 1, 1989: Herald Examiner employees listen to Hearst executive Robert Danzig announce that the paper was closing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Louise Stern / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Jim Ober says of photographing Evel Knievel rehearsing for a show at the Coliseum: "I was the only photographer there. They said OK, we're going to practice. Evel's going to take a couple runs...."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Ober / Herald Examiner Archive/LAPL

Jim Ober says: "It had rained a little earlier and ... these ramps were kind of slick, so Evel goes up to the top... and he slides off and crashes into the stands and he kind of messed up his arm."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Ober / Herald Examiner Archive/LAPL

Oct. 24, 1989: The 6th Street Bridge crossing the Los Angeles River is the longest city-owned bridge in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Mullen / Herald Examiner Archive/LAPL

Sep. 26, 1989: Dean Musgrove was assigned to shoot a school bus accident, but by the time he arrived, the children and driver were gone. "All there is is this maintenance guy working for the school bus company." Musgrove says. "And all of a sudden I just see him fall through the window and I took a couple of frames.... It went from a nothing picture to something that made Page 1."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dean Musgrove / Herald Examiner/LAPL

May 2, 1989: Javier Mendoza says of photographing adult film star Marilyn Chambers: "if you notice she looks a little bit perky. She did that on cue. I was standing there and all of a sudden. Wow. She did that for the camera."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Mendoza / Herald Examiner/LAPL

March 29, 1982: Dean Musgrove says: "This is one of my favorite pictures. It was from an Oscars arrival and ... all the actors and actresses parading through holding their stuff. I just love it that these girls -- and one of the rare times it was raining at the Oscars -- just were looking for an opportunity to see anybody."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dean Musgrove / Herald Examiner/LAPL

April 25, 1976: Chicago Cubs' Rick Monday rescues the American flag from a planned burning by protesters during a game at Dodger Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: James Roark / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Boxer Muhammad Ali works out with the speed bag for hand-eye coordination.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Brown / Herald Examiner Collection/LAPL

April 25, 1986: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, in a parody of "Swan Lake." Leo Jarzomb says: "A guy stops me in the lobby and says.... 'Oh, I know your work. You do really great modern dance and ballet. It's fantastic.... I try to shoot those pictures. How do you do that?' " I said “It's a lot like basketball. You wait until they jump in the air and shoot the picture!”

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Leo Jarzomb / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Jan. 26, 1988: Two bike riders take advantage of springtime in January while they take in the sights along sunny, wind-swept Venice Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Gaulker / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Nov. 19, 1987: Bono Hewson, right, with U2 at the Coliseum. Leo Jarzomb, who is still a news photographer, says: "There's a kid at work who loves to shoot concerts and I go 'Oh look at this one' and he says “Is that Bono? I've never seen him that young. What year was that?' "

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Leo Jarzomb / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Feb. 7, 1978: Workers dig up a 1974 Ferrari that was buried in the backyard of a South Los Angeles home. Library photo curator Christina Rice says it's one of the most popular photos in the Herald collection.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Haering / Herald Examiner/LAPL

July 22, 1984: Photographer Javier Mendoza says: O.J. Simpson, carrying the Olympic torch, "looks like a mythological hero and he was at that time. He was the O.J. that won the Heisman Trophy. He was the O.J. that we saw on TV. And if you look closely in that picture, Nicole Brown is off to the left, running up the hill with him."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Mendoza / Herald Examiner/LAPL

March 24, 1986: Cher presents Don Ameche with an Oscar for best supporting role in "Cocoon." Anne Knudsen says: "I just loved to have Don Ameche ... is this very old-school, lovely gentleman and Cher actually in the full picture she's practically wearing nothing. And he's pretty taken by her."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Knudsen / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Oct. 15, 1988: A limping Kirk Gibson, his injured knee heavily wrapped, slowly rounds the bases after hitting a stunning two-run homer in the 9th inning in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series to win the game for the Dodgers against Oakland. Photographer Paul Chinn says: "if you’re a Dodgers fan this was certainly an iconic moment."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Chinn / Herald Examiner Collection/LAPL

Jan. 2, 1979: A police car hits a demonstrator at the Beverly Hills home of the shah of Iran's sister in a photo that was runner-up for the 1980 Pulitzer in spot news photography. Police were responding to reports of a female officer being pulled out of her patrol car and the protesters refused to move, photographer Mike Mullen says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Haering / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Aug. 7, 1987: United Airlines crew member heads for work at LAX, silhouetted against planes outside terminal at world's third-busiest airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Gaulker / Herald Examiner/LAPL

July 1988: Frenzied fans hug the stage at a heavy metal rock concert at a packed Coliseum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Grayson / Herald Examiner/LAPL

March 4, 1982: Across the street from the Music Center, demonstrators protest against President Ronald Reagan's policies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Mullen / Herald Examiner/LAPL

January 1981: Ronald Reagan at his California ranch near Santa Barbara. Photographer Rob Brown says: "Reagan certainly knew how to use the press and use a photo op."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Brown / Herald-Examiner Collection/LAPL

Aug. 8, 1978: The disintegrating and neglected Hollywood sign before it was renovated.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Papaleo / Herald Examiner Collection/LAPL

Sept. 19, 1979: Rookie Magic Johnson reveals just how happy is to be a Laker during practice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: James Roark / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Sept. 27, 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during a Lakers picnic. Photographer James Ruebsamen says: "Kareem was sitting there like this. I approached him. Kareem was not always a happy guy. But I think he saw the silliness of it all and he gave me a quick smile."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: James Ruebsamen / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Oct. 16, 1985: Tommy Lasorda after the Dodgers were eliminated in the playoffs. James Ruebsamen says: "I thought nobody has the guts to go into his office and take his picture. Including myself. So I thought if nobody does I’m going to try it.... I put the camera up, took one frame and just turned and I ran out the door."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: James Ruebsamen / Herald Examiner/LAPL

Dec. 1, 1988: Lakers' Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (sidelined with an injury) protest a call made by officials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Grayson / Herald Examiner/LAPL

May 27, 1970: Charles Manson family members Patricia Krenwinkel, left, and Leslie Van Houten laugh as they are led into court for hearing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Ober / Herald Examiner Collection/LAPL

Sept. 17,1986: Lois Scharfenberg, right, explains how a Cessna landed in her swimming pool. Photographer Paul Chinn says: "A couple days later Tom Petty’s management company called and said he liked the picture and wanted to use it " for "Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Chinn / Herald Examiner Collection/LAPL

March 9, 2013: Former Herald Deputy City Editor Lennie LaGuire, left, greets photographers Mike Mullen and Anne Knudsen at renunion at the Central Library.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Memorabilia from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

James Ruebsamen says: "This picture is one I really like.... This is a bad composition, it’s a bad-looking picture. There is nothing going for it. But I will tell you that I like this picture a lot because this is the kind of picture the Herald Examiner looked for to send us out to shoot. This is a cat wedding."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Dean Musgrove displays his Herald photo cap.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Anne Knudsen holds a photo of the Herald Examiner Building, showing where the windows along Broadway had been covered up during the long strike.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Former staff photographer Dean Musgrove, left, moderates a panel of former Herald Examiner photographers at the Central Library.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Former Herald Examiner photographers Jim Ober, left, and James Ruebsamen. Ober recalled helping install the photo department's first police scanner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Former Herald Examiner photographers Rob Brown, front, Paul Chinn (with camera), Leo Jarzomb and Javier Mendoza.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

The former Herald Examiner photographers pose for a group shot during March 9, 2013, reunion at the Central Library.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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Check out this story by Larry Harnisch: Herald Examiner photographers reflect on the good ol’ days.

After the Nov. 2, 1989, closure of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the newspaper morgue that included 2.2 million photographs was donated to the Los Angeles Public Library.

Times staff writer John Kendall reported in the March 9, 1991, Los Angeles Times:

Millions of clippings and photographs from the files of the defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner are going to the Los Angeles Public Library so they can be made available to the public.

The Board of Library Commissioners voted Thursday to accept the Hearst Corp.’s offer to donate the material. USC had also sought the collection.

The first of 115 files and a system of shelves, holding an estimated 2.6 million clippings, 2.3 million photographs and 830,000 negatives, were transferred Friday from the newspaper’s “morgue” to the library. The collection covers Los Angeles’ history from 1900 to 1989.

“This is a monumental task we are undertaking,” said Public Library spokesman Robert Reagan. “To just get these in usable order will take some time.”

The Los Angeles Herald Examiner was the result of the 1962 merger of the Los Angeles Examiner and the Herald-Express. After the merger, the Examiner morgue of 2 million clippings and 2 million photographs was donated to USC.

This gallery is a sampling of images from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photograph Collection held at the Los Angeles Public Library. This link is to the LAPL Photo Collection Overview.

In March of this year, the Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library sponsored a reunion of former Herald Examiner staff photographers. Photos from that reunion are included in the above gallery.

3 Comments

  1. May 13, 2013, 8:49 am

    When I was a kid, growing-up in the San Fernando Valley; I used to read the LA Times in the morning and the LA Herald Examiner, in the evening, along with the Valley News and Greensheet, on the days it was published.

    I consider all of these papers to be of a major benefit to my broad education of world, domestic and local affairs and has helped me, indirectly, in the work I perform today.

    By: Steven Moshlak
  2. May 19, 2014, 12:54 am

    on herald examiner photographer named Rudy in 1969 posted a photo of Manson member Robert Beauseliel on the front page of the herald showing me as the deputy sheriff with him, would like to see that photo so I can print it.

    By: ikerzeus2@yahoo.com
  3. September 8, 2014, 6:53 pm

    I miss the Herald-Examiner!

    By: Alma

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