acknowledgments
This book grew out of a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio
Study and Conference Center. The residency was a remarkable experience,
but my favorite part was staying up late and talking with the many ac-
complished people I met there. Later, I had an opportunity to spend the sum-
mer in residence at the Smithsonian Institution where I was hosted by the
American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery through the Latino
Studies program. The Smithsonian provided me with access to a vast array of
materials and gave me the opportunity to explore the many resources held
in our nation’s capital. Once the manuscript was underway, Courtney Berger
and Ken Wissoker at Duke Press were extremely patient as I worked to com-
plete Lynching in the West and guided me through each stage in the process.
With regard to the images, Robert Grahmbeek (Lemon Sky: Projects +
Editions) in Los Angeles did a masterful job scanning many of the fragile
old newspapers and photographs illustrated in the pages of this book, as well
in producing an edition of images from the ‘‘Hang Tree’’ series. Dace Taube,
the archivist in Special Collections at the Library at the University of South-
ern California, was also a valuable resource for both images and information.
John Calhoon at the Seaver Center for Western History at the Los Angeles
Natural History Museum in Los Angeles waited patiently as I finalized my
image selection. Erin Chase at the Huntington Garden and Public Library
made finding materials a breeze. Beth Guynn at the Getty Research Insti-
tute helped me to navigate the labyrinth of books at the institute. I would
also like to thank the California Historical Society, Baker Research Library in
tute helped me to navigate the labyrinth of books at the Institute. I would
also like to thank the California Historical Society, Baker Research Library in
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