Since 1905, Dawson's Book Shop has been a leading source in
Southern California for rare and out of print books in the
fields of California history, Western Americana and photography.
In fact, Dawson's is the oldest continuously operating book
shop in the city of Los Angeles. Ernest Dawson started the
shop in downtown Los Angeles. After 3 moves downtown and passing
on to the second generation of Glen and Muir Dawson, the shop
settled on Larchmont Boulevard in the Hollywood/Hancock Park
area in 1968. Michael Dawson marks the third generation of
the Dawson family to helm this Los Angeles treasure. Dawson's
"Los Angeles Salon" series, featuring exciting thought and
discourse on the past and future of Southern California, has
become an anticipated periodic event and has included such
well known writers as Mike Davis, Robert Winter, and A. I.
Michael Dawson Gallery, nestled in the interior of the book
shop's Larchmont Village location, is a spacious exhibition
area highlighting its photographic inventory of fine vintage
photographs of California and the Southwest by artists such
as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Will Connell. The
gallery also displays work in the exciting new field of vernacular
and historical photography of the Western States. Michael
Dawson Gallery, since April 2000, continues to be a distinct
business enterprise complementing the books, manuscripts,
and printed ephemera currently handled by Dawson's Book Shop.