Beth Werling

Collections Manager, History (Material Culture)

Beth Werling holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University and an M.A. in American History and Museum Studies from New York University. As Collections Manager for the History Department's Material Culture division, she has overall responsibility for the management of the department's wide range of three-dimensional artifacts.

Her research specialties are the history of the motion picture industry and the social history of the automobile in Los Angeles. Past talks she has given include “A Star is Worn” on the Museum’s motion picture costume collection, “William S. Hart: The Good Bad Man,” and “A Drop of Sunshine” on the history of citrus crate labels.

She was the co-curator of an exhibition “Douglas Fairbanks, First King of Hollywood” held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ms. Werling is a member of the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles Preservation Network; she is a board member of the Alex Film Society, Glendale, California.

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