This project digitizes a pioneering collection generated by one of the world's most recognized artists. The innovative digitization and exhibition of this archive will make public for the first time a resource for scholars of history, art, architecture, and urban studies, available in 2020.

The project poses questions such as: How does the archive influence conceptions of postwar photography, vernacular architecture, and the city of Los Angeles? What visual, textual, or quantitative information will be meaningful to research? How might the data generated from this body of work be leveraged in innovative ways?

Answers to such questions will inform parallel development of a public-facing digital humanities platform, thus ensuring that the applications built for the archive correspond closely to the needs and expectations of the scholarly community that might access these images. Concurrently, the Research Institute aims to demonstrate the potential of advanced computing tools and workspaces for digital image analysis by collaborating with a group of scholars on projects related to the archive using the technologies developed for its access.

Ruscha's collection includes several hundred thousand images, hundreds of contact sheets, and the complete production archive for the artist's canonical book Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). These materials have been previously unavailable for research, scholarship, or exhibition and are a unique record of the gradual evolution of Los Angeles's built environment.