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Broadsides
Broadsides
Selections from the California Historical Society broadsides collection.
California lettersheet collection
California lettersheet collection
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.
California menu collection
California menu collection
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.
California wine label and ephemera collection
California wine label and ephemera collection
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.
Carleton Watkins mammoth plate photographs of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove
Carleton Watkins mammoth plate photographs of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove
Mammoth plate photographs of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove taken by Carleton Watkins during multiple trips, and printed between 1861 and 1881. Contains images of El Capitan, Cathedral Rock, Yosemite Fall, Nevada Fall, and other features of the area. Includes a portrait of Galen Clark standing in front of the Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove., Source of titles and negative numbers: Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, by Weston Naef, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
Certificates of residence for Chinese laborers, 1894-1897
Certificates of residence for Chinese laborers, 1894-1897
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.
Chadwick & Sykes photograph albums of contract engineering projects
Chadwick & Sykes photograph albums of contract engineering projects
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.
Crate, can, and bottle label collection
Crate, can, and bottle label collection
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).
Dick Dobbins collection on the Pacific Coast League
Dick Dobbins collection on the Pacific Coast League
Selections from the Dick Dobbins collection, which includes materials pertaining mainly to the Pacific Coast League (PCL), and the teams that comprise the league. The bulk of the material was collected by others and purchased by Dobbins, and dates from 1902 to 1957. Included in the collection are printed materials relating to the PCL, both the teams and individual players, including: programs, scorecards, yearbooks, and baseball cards; and photographs of teams, players, PCL staff, and stadiums. Teams with the largest amount of materials are the Oakland Oaks, the San Francisco Seals, and the Los Angeles Angels., Dick Dobbins, a resident of Berkeley, California, began collecting baseball cards in 1946, the beginning of a life-long passion for the Pacific Coast League (PCL). After many years of collecting cards, photographs, and other PCL-related memorabilia, Dobbins eventually developed a business dealing in baseball memorabilia during the late 1960s. Later, he organized the first Northern California sports memorabilia show, which focused as much on the PCL as it did on Major League Baseball. He authored many articles on such topics as collecting memorabilia, the history of baseball in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the PCL. He was a consultant to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the San Francisco Examiner, and the San Francisco Giants. In 1994 he co-authored (with Jon Twichell) a definitive history of baseball in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nuggets on the Diamond. He subsequently authored The Grand Minor League: an Oral History of the Old Pacific Coast League, which was published posthumously in 1999.
Eadweard Muybridge stereographs of the Modoc War
Eadweard Muybridge stereographs of the Modoc War
Contains images of the Modoc War: lava beds at Tule Lake (including several panels from two different sets of incomplete panoramic views), U.S. Army camp tents, members of the Modoc tribe, and Warm Spring Indian scouts, including a portrait of scout Donald McKy (i.e., McKay). Stereographs published by Bradley & Rulofson.
Los Angeles Fire Department photographs, 1912-1915
Los Angeles Fire Department photographs, 1912-1915
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.
Los Angeles: 1932-33
Los Angeles: 1932-33
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.
Maps
Maps
Selections from the California Historical Society map collection.

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