The collection consists of California lettersheets, mostly pictorial, created approximately between the years 1850 and 1870, with the bulk dating from the 1850s. Pictorial lettersheets are illustrated with lithographs or wood engravings depicting California and Western themes. Intended to be used as stationery during and after the California Gold Rush, these lettersheets served as a kind of reportage, depicting important events and popular stories of the day. Common illustrated topics and scenes include: murders and executions; the San Francisco Vigilance Committee; natural disasters, especially fires (San Francisco) and floods (Sacramento); the Gold Rush; mining life (from perspectives sentimental, cautionary, and comic); festivals, holidays, and parades; buildings and street scenes; and views of San Francisco, Sacramento, and towns throughout the state's mining region.
Collection consists of menus, and some wine and spirits lists, of California restaurants. The materials are primarily from San Francisco and the Bay Area although other California cities, such as Los Angeles, are represented.
The bulk of the collection comprises wine labels and ephemera created by California winemakers and wine companies in the 1930s and 1940s. The core of the collection consists of wine labels printed by Lehmann Printing and Lithographing Co. in San Francisco in the 1930s and '40s. (Most undated labels fall into this group, although some may date from the nineteenth century). In addition to wine labels, the collection contains a small number of labels for beer and other liquor manufacturers in California, mostly dating from the 1930s and '40s.
Collection consists of 17 certificates of residence for Chinese laborers in California, dated from 1894 to 1897. Each certificate includes the laborer's name, local residence, and occupation; information about his height, eye color, complexion, and physical marks or peculiarities; and a photographic print. Certificates are signed and stamped by O. M. Welburn, Internal Revenue Collector, First District of California., Under the provisions of the 1892 Geary Act, which amended the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, all Chinese in the United States were required to apply for, obtain, and carry a government-issued certificate of residence proving their legal presence in the United States. Chinese and Chinese Americans discovered without such identification could be arrested and deported.
Consists of photographs of contract engineering projects in California and the West, including roads, railway lines, and the Parkside Realty Company development in San Francisco. Includes images of Colfax (Placer County), Automobile Boulevard (San Francisco), Western Pacific Railroad (Altamont), Union Oil Company (Oleum, Contra Costa County), and Parkside Transit Co. Many photos contain images of workers, machinery and equipment., Gift of Cynthia Lovewell; 2010., Chadwick & Sykes (George C. Chadwick and Frank C. Sykes) was a contracting and engineering firm located in San Francisco, circa 1906-1920s.
Comprises crate, can, and bottle labels, the bulk of which were designed and created between the 1920s and 1940s by San Francisco and Los Angeles lithography companies. The core of the collection consists of labels designed by Lehmann Printing and Lithography Company in San Francisco for a wide variety of food, beverage, and household products grown, manufactured, canned, or packed in California and throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Other major California lithographers represented in the collection include Schmidt Litho. Co. (San Francisco) and Western Litho. Co. (Los Angeles).
Consists of photographs and photographic postcards primarily documenting the Los Angeles Fire Department Engine Company Number 28, Truck Company Number 7, located at 7th and Figueroa streets. Photographs depict fire fighters battling fires, fire equipment and damage to buildings from fire. Images also depict fire fighters inside and outside of their fire house, fire truck prepared for the Rose Parade, and a parade on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Includes four portraits of Engine Company 28 Captain, one including his family. Three photographs, signed by Durston, show fire fighters responding to call. One photograph depicts Engine Company Number 27 fighting hotel fire; another shows a steam driven pumper at the scene Fraser's Million Dollar Pier fire in Ocean Park in September 1912., Title supplied by cataloger., Three photographs attributed to Durston, [Patterson]., Other photographers not identified., Handwritten captions on some photographs.
Consists of photographs of urban, suburban, rural and waterfront areas of Los Angeles
County. Many photographs show neighborhood streets and houses, including ethnic enclaves and
communities of Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, African Americans,
Russian Americans, Irish Americans, Jewish Americans, and Slavonian Americans. Includes images
of businesses, buildings, oil rigs in populated areas, hydraulic structures, railyards,
industrial and construction sites, and agricultural land. A small portion contain people.
Includes six photographs of damaged buildings in Compton and Long Beach from the Long Beach
earthquake of 1933, three photographs of maps of Los Angeles, and a section of map showing the
southwest of downtown portion of the city., Supplied titles were created using descriptions of each photograph, which sometimes included outmoded words., Includes one photograph of 4th St. in Santa Monica dated 1926., Anton Wagner (also known as G. A. Wagner) was a PhD candidate at the University of Kiel when he made these photographs to document his dissertation, Los Angeles: Werden, Leben und Gestalt der Zweimillionstadt in Südkalifornien..., published in 1935. His thesis suggests that the topography of Los Angeles produces the character of the city's inhabitants. After World War II, Wagner settled in Montreal and worked as a commercial journalist and trade marketing consultant., Preferred Citation: Los Angeles: 1932-33 by Anton Wagner, PC 17, California Historical Society.
Contains portraits of Captain Jack and his family, Schonchin, Steamboat Frank, Hooka Jim, Donald McKay (and Jack's capturers), Shacknasty Jim, Scar-Faced Charley, Black Jim, Bogus Charley, Ike, Boston Charley, and Curly-Headed Doctor. Includes a group portrait with a Caucasian man identified as Fairfield., Printed on mounts: I certify that L. Heller has this day taken the photographs of the above Modoc Indian prisoner under my charge. Capt. C.B. Throckmorton, 4th U.S. Artillery, Officer of the Day. I am cognizant of the above fact. Gen. Jeff. C. Davis, U.S.A., Photos were published by Carleton E. Watkins. Watkins' Yosemite Art Gallery advertisement on verso., Sitters' names are printed on recto of mounts.