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The Triumph of Helios: Photographic Treasures of the California
The Foundation is pleased to make available a beautiful
catalog created for a special exhibition held in the University
Library Gallery of Sacramento State University. Beautifully
designed by Angela Tannehill, the catalog includes descriptions
of representative examples of a wide variety of early
photographic technology including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes,
tintypes, mammoth plate landscape views, stereographs,
glass positives, orotones, and books and ephemera illustrated
with original photographs. Works by such masters as C.
E. Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge are featured. Curator
of Special Collections Gary F. Kurutz wrote the introduction
and catalog descriptions; Professor Roger Vail of Sacramento
State University supplied a foreword; and Heather Mosqueda
of the university provided short biographies of the major
artists. View preview >>
The Triumph of Helios consists of 32 pages with over 40
illustrations. It sells for $15 including tax and shipping.
To purchase, please contact the California State Library
Foundation office at:
1225 - 8th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
State Poster Graphically Depicts 150 Years of California
The California State Library Foundation is pleased to
announce the availability of an exciting poster depicting
one hundred and fifty years of California’s storied
history by noted artist Rita Schroeder. Former Assembly
Member George Nakano of Torrance played an instrumental
role in developing this project by creating the idea of
a commemorative poster, raising the funds, and selecting
the artist. An admirer of Rita Schroeder’s work,
Mr. Nakano thought that her portrayal of the State’s
first 150 yeas would best convey the rich and varied history
of California. Sales of the poster directly benefit the
California State Library’s California history program.
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War Bibliography Available
Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of an important
new publication: The Forgotten War: The Conflict between Mexico
and the United States, 1846-1849: A Bibliography of the Holdings
of the California State Library. Two hundred and seven pages
in length and extensively illustrated, the publication features
an extensive annotated bibliography by Dr. W. Michael Mathes
of the Spanish language material held by the Sutro Library in
San Francisco. Dr. Mathes is the Sutro Library's Honorary Curator
of Mexicana and a highly acclaimed authority on the history
of Mexico. His lucid commentary on the war and his descriptions
of dozens of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, and manuscripts
represents the first detailed bibliography published in California
to emphasize the Mexican side. The publication is supplemented
by an annotated checklist of the Library's extensive collection
of nineteenth century English language books, pamphlets, manuscripts,
prints, and sheet music by Gary F. Kurutz, Curator of Special
Collections. The latter portion emphasizes the American viewpoint
and the conquest of Alta California. Five hundred copies have
been printed with a full-color paper binding.
The volume sells for $25.00 a copy plus sales tax and shipping.
Shasta Camera: The Photographs of Charles R. Miller
Our friends, Linda and Wayne Bonnett of the Windgate Press
in Sausalito have produced another stunningly beautiful pictorial
book, Mt. Shasta Camera: The Photographs of Charles R. Miller.
Last year, the creative couple visited the California History
Section to explore potential subjects for a new book of historical
photographs and plowed through dozens of albums. Two oblong
volumes of photographs caught their eye and led them on an
unexpected but pleasurable publishing odyssey. Acquired from
Foundation board member Mead B. Kibbey many years ago, the
albums consist of 102 striking photographs of lumbering in
and around the Mt. Shasta area by McCloud photographer Charles
R. Miller. He also photographed the private retreats along
the McCloud River of wealthy San Franciscan such as William
Randolph Hearst and Clarence Waterhouse.
Hardcover.144 pages. $45 plus sales tax and shipping.
West Taber: A Photographic Legacy 1870 – 1900.
The handsome volume, illustrated with 200 photographs, features
the Taber collection in the State Library’s California
History Section. Linda and Wayne Bonnett of the Windgate Press
wrote the text and designed the book. It also includes an
introduction by State Library Special Collections Curator
Gary F. Kurutz. The dust jacket blurb states:
The name of Taber appeared in almost every California
portrait album of the nineteenth century. Today, Isaiah West
Taber is acknowledged as one of California’s outstanding
photographers. His work appears in museums, libraries, historical
collections, and is sought after by private collectors. Publisher
as well as photographer, Taber produced over 30,000 scenic
views of California and the West. Taber: A Photographic Legacy
combines photographs with the story of Isaiah Taber himself,
from his arrival in California during the gold rush, to the
San Francisco earthquake of 1906, when all his glass negatives
Hardcover. 168 pages. $45 plus sales tax and shipping.
1851 DIRECTORY AND HISTORY OF SACRAMENTO.
A Facsimile Edition of Sacramento's First Book, edited by
Mead B. Kibbey
facsimile edition of J. Horace Culvers Sacramento Directory
for the year 1851 now makes available one of the rarest and
most important books concerning Sacramento and the Gold Rush.
Historian and author Mead B. Kibbey has supplemented the rare
directory with a history of Sacramento to 1851, biographical
sketches, and informative appendices. Culverts directory,
published on January 1, 1851, ranks as Sacramento's first
book and was published just two years after the founding of
the city. Only four known copies of the city's first general
directory are found in institutional collections.
came out at a time when the future state capitol had been
ravaged by floods, pestilence, financial panics, and riots,
and consequently provides a unique record of the Gold Rush
city. Culver's pioneer work documents the evolution of Sacramento
from an isolated frontier outpost to a bustling commercial
center. The original ninety-six page directory, in addition
to the list of 1,425 names, includes a fascinating overview
of the city detailing its rapid progress, a series of informative
advertisements, and such useful lists as names of doctors,
lawyers, steamboat pilots, government officials, boarding
houses, churches, saloons, and places of amusement.
This handsome volume is much more than a Sacramento facsimile
edition. Mead Kibbey, an expert on Sacramento history and
the Gold Rush, has added materially to the value of the directory
by including a thoroughly researched narrative history of
Sacramento covering native Americans, early explorers, the
gold discovery, and such dramatic events as the Squatter Riots,
cholera epidemic and the great inundation of 1850. Detailed
biographies of fifty-five prominent individuals listed in
the directory provide a veritable who's who of pioneer Sacramento.
essential work for those interested in California local history,
the publication is supported by five appendices including
the directory arranged by modern street addresses and first-hand
accounts of the Sacramento region by Commander Charles Wilkes,
Thomas 0. Larkin, Joseph Folsom, and a trip across Mexico
by James McClatchy. Twenty-nine illustrations, a ten-page
table converting old to modern addresses, and a map further
enrich this important contribution to California history.
336 pages. Hardcover. $15.00
SACRAMENTO DIRECTORY FOR THE YEAR 1853-54.
Edited and Introduced by Mead B. Kibbey.
facsimile edition of Samuel Colville's The Sacramento Directory
for the Year 1853-54 makes available one of the most important
directories from the rambunctious Gold Rush era. The volume
includes Dr. John F. Morse's History of Sacramento, the first
published narrative history of the river city. Historian and
author Mead B. Kibbey has supplemented the directory with
a 24 page introduction. Colville's directory, in its original
1853 format, is incredibly rare with only six known institutional
copies. Sacramento, at the time of the directory's publication,
served as the gateway to the Northern Mines. For this reason,
it ranks as a key reference to the rambunctious Gold Rush
era. The directory is loaded with names of prominent pioneers
and advertisements for key businesses. For example, the original
front cover carries an Adams & Company advertisement offering
the "highest market price paid for gold dust. "
In addition to the usual compendium of names, the directory
has a separate listing for hotels and saloons and an appendix
documenting city boundaries, wards, post office rates, benevolent
and social organizations, churches, fire departments, newspapers,
schools, and inland steam navigation companies.
Mr. Kibbey, whose knowledge of early Sacramento is unrivaled,
has supplemented the directory with a splendid introduction
based on his own considerable research. He has included an
explanation and chart that demystifies Sacramento's early
complex house numbering system.
Reproductions of contemporary pictorial letter sheets provide
a visual record of Colville's city. A particularly valuable
addition is a folding 20 x 30 inch facsimile map of Sacramento
city in 1850 by L.W. Sloat.
This handsome facsimile edition is bound in gold-stamped royal
blue Kivar cloth and consists of 200 pages printed on acid
free paper, plus the folded map. The original directory consists
of 172 pages.
200 pages. Hardcover. $37.00
ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG SWISS IN CALIFORNIA: THE GOLD RUSH ACCOUNT
OF THÉOPHILE DE RUTTÉ.
Translated and Edited by Mary Grace Paquette. Sacramento:
Sacramento Book Collectors Club, 1992.
of the very best Gold Rush reminiscences, Paquette called
DeRuttés account as rich and as thrilling
as a novel by Balzac. DeRutté wrote a spellbinding
narrative of the Sacramento flood of 1850, the San Francisco
Vigilance Committee of 1851, and his experiences in the mines.
The handsome volume was designed by Susan Acker and Mary McDermont
of the Feathered Serpent Press in an edition of 400 copies.
128 pages. $40.00
SAN FRANCISCO: THE 1895 ILLUSTRATED DIRECTORY.
By Wayne Bonnett. Windgate Press, Sausalito, California. 1996.
San Francisco: The 1895 Illustrated Directory is a collection
of highly detailed line drawings of downtown San Francisco
in its Victorian heyday with a prologue by Wayne Bonnett.
The block-by-block renderings show every business, restaurant,
bank, and haberdasher and an index of merchants lists hundreds
of familiar and unfamiliar business names. Sausalito author
Wayne Bonnett and his wife and publishing partner Linda Bonnett
unearthed this rare volume at the California State Library
and decided to reprint it. For researchers and historians
trying to identify old buildings in faded photographs, this
130-page directory is an invaluable source.
160 pages. Hardcover. $50.00
ARCHITECTURAL TERRA COTTA OF GLADDING, MCBEAN.
Text by Gary F. Kurutz. Photographs by Mary Swisher. Windgate
Press, Sausalito, California. 1989. During
the era when terra cotta shaped the American cityscape, Gladding,
McBean & Company was the pre-eminent clay products manufacturer
on the Pacific Coast. Author Gary Kurutz describes the history
of Gladding, McBean & Company and its major projects in
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and Oakland.
The State Library preserves the early archives and photographs
of this historic company.
136 pages. Hardcover. $45.00
PHOTOGRAPHER: LOUIS J. STELLMAN.
Introduction by Richard Dillon. Edited by Gary E. Strong.
Photographs. Maps. 1989.
catalog is a complete listing of Louis J. Stellman photographs
held by the California State Library and includes his manuscript,
"Chinatown: A Pictorial Souvenir and Guide" written
139 pages. Softcover. $24.95
OF THE WEST: Imagining California.
Edited by Leonard Michaels, Raquel Scherr, and David Reid.
Berkeley, California: North Point Press, 1989. A
wonderful anthology of California writers and views on the
various Californias.ISBN 0-86547-403-6
352 pages. Hardcover. $22.95
AMERICANA IN THE CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY.
Edited by Gary E. Strong and Gary F. Kurutz. 1985.
to the collection of Western Americana at the California State
Library including periodicals, journals, maps, newspapers,
photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera. Published as a special
issue of the California State Library Foundation Bulletin.
No.13. October 1985.
44 pages. Softcover. $6.95
II: LIBRARY RELATED
AMERICA'S FIRST ACADEMIC LIBRARY: Santa Cruz De TIatelolco.
By W. Michael Mathes. 1985.
the establishment of academic libraries in New Spain in the
1500s particularly at the Colegio Imperial de Santa Cruz.
A final chapter traces the library collection from 1605 to
1980. The books were purchased by Adolph Sutro and are now
part of the Sutro Library branch of the State Library.
101 pages. Softcover. $8.95
COLLECTORS OF STANFORD: An Eclectic Eight Who Shaped the Stanford
By John Y. Cole. Introduction by David C. Weber.
California Center for the Book project in cooperation with
the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 1991.
This book of essays focuses on eight prominent donors of book
collections to Stanford University during its first 50 years,
1891-1941. They include Leland and Jane Stanford, Timothy
Hopkins, David Starr Jordan, Thomas Welton Stanford, John
Casper Branner, Herbert Hoover, Kate F. Elkins, and Frederick
79 pages. Softcover. $15.00
STATE LIBRARY 150TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES.
celebrate the State Librarys 150th anniversary in 2000,
the Foundation published three special issues of the Bulletin:
67: Rich, Rare, and Curious: Treasures of the California State
Compiled by Gary F. Kurutz with a foreword by Dr. Kevin
Starr. Designed by Vickie Lockhard, this issue consists of 75
pages including several full-color illustrations describing
the history and special collections of Library. The publication
also served as a catalog for the Librarys exhibition at
the Crocker Art Museum.
75 pages. $10.00
68: Biographies of State Librarians from 1850 to the Present
By Kathleen Correia and John Gonzales; California
State Library Chronology, and Journeying to Help
Libraries: An essential issue on the Librarys history.
A Brief History of the Library Development Services Bureau
by Christopher Berger.
51 pages. $7.50
69. The past and present buildings of the State Library
are featured in this issue. A special highlight are the beautiful
color photographs of the Library & Courts Building by architectural
photographer Cathy Kelly. California State Library: Changing
and Expanding Sites by Vickie Lockhart; The Capitol
Extension Group with a Focus on the Library and Courts Building
by Dorothy Regnery; History on the Walls: The Maynard
Dixon and Frank Van Sloun Murals by Donald J. Hagerty,
and Clothed in Burnt Earth: Gladding, McBean and the Library
and Courts Building by Gary F. Kurutz.
43 pages. $7.50
STATE LIBRARY FOUNDATION BULLETIN. Issued quarterly.
Gary F. Kurutz, Editor and Vickie Lockhart, Associate Editor.
Indexed in Library Literature.
Sent automatically to members of the Foundation. Subscriptions
to libraries, museums, and historical societies. Back issues
STATE LIBRARY FOUNDATION BULLETIN INDEX,
Numbers 1-25. Compiled by Gary E. Strong. 1988.
36 pages. Softcover. $7.50
SUTRO LIBRARY SURNAME, LOCAL AND STATE HISTORY, AND MISCELLANEOUS
SUBJECT CATALOGS. 3rd edition. 1990. Microfiche
edition. 182 microfiche and User's Guide.
The Sutro Library is one of the major genealogical reference
libraries in the United States containing the finest collection
of American genealogy and local history on the West Coast. This
catalog encompasses more than 250,000 entries. While much has
been added since 1990, this fiche publication still covers the
vast majority of the collection.
ISBN 0-929722-42-6 Microfiche. $150.00
PROGRAM GUIDE. By Jane Curtis, M.A. Fathers As Teachers:
Helping, Encouraging, Reading, Supporting.
FATHERS PROGRAM GUIDE is meant for any correctional facility
interested in providing parenting education to inmates. This
innovative and engaging program uses quality children's picture
books as instructional texts for inmates.
The FATHERS PROGRAM GUIDE addresses parenting education from
the perspective of family literacy. Fathers and father figures
are seen as the first and most important teachers of the children
in their lives. The FATHERS PROGRAM helps these men function
as effective teachers by showing them how to use children's
picture books as basic tools to do that teaching. In this
revised edition, a book list featuring girls and mother figures
enables you to create a M.O. T. H. E. R. S. PROGRAM (Mothers
Our Teachers: Helping, Encouraging, Reading, Supporting) using
this same guide. Through carefully selected children's picture
books, with quality illustrations and high discussion value,
13 lessons address a variety of issues important to fathers
and father figures. These include setting goals, what children
need, child development, language acquisition, role modeling,
discipline vs. punishment, school and authority, incarceration
and reconnection, and more. Each lesson lasts from 1 to 11/2
hours, depending on class size and time available. Inmates
practice reading aloud the children's books, in addition to
discussing the parenting issues illustrated in them. The FATHERS
PROGRAM GUIDE motivates adults to develop their own learning
skills in order to better teach the children in their lives.
of this publication was supported by the California State
Library Foundation and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
of San Francisco.
READING IN THE YEAR OF THE READER. Compiled by Gary E. Strong.
1987. This compilation of personal reflections on the value
of reading includes submissions from political and social leaders,
educators, authors, booksellers, printers, librarians, citizens,
and new readers.
122 pages. Softcover. $15.75
CAN NOT READ ABOUT CROCODILES? By Miv Schaaf. 1988. Miv
Schaaf, former columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is the author,
photographer, and designer of this delightful publication which
contains 16 essays selected from her columns that appeared in
the Times .
28 pages. Softcover. $5.25
IV: BOOKS & PRINTING
GOOD PLACE TO BEGIN. By Lawrence Clark Powell. Introduction
by Holly Millard. 1987. A talk presented by the late Lawrence
Clark Powell at a fund-raising dinner for the Los Angeles
Public Library, November 1986. Provides a view of Powell's
early library career which began at the Los Angeles Public
12 pages. Softcover. $2.95
PRINTERS: The New Generation in Southern California. By
Ward Ritchie. Preface by Gary E. Strong. Designed by Ward
Ritchie. Composed in Monotype Bembo by Patrick Reagh and printed
letterpress by Patrick Reagh Printers. Illustrations printed
offset by Cunningham Press. Binding designed by Ward Ritchie
and bound by Bela Blau. Selected by the Rounce and Coffin
Club for the 48th Exhibition of Western Books 1989.
31 pages. Softcover. $15.00
UP WITH LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL. By Ward Ritchie.
Introduction by Marylou T. Martin. (The 1986 Coulter Lecture.
1987.) Gives an insight into the early life of Ritchie's life-long
friend and frequent collaborator.
18 pages. Softcover. $3.95
MYSTIQUE OF PRINTING: A Half Century of Books Designed by Ward
Ritchie. Foreword by Lawrence Clark Powell. Designed by
Ward Ritchie. Printed by Richard Hoffman. 1984. A catalog of
the Ward Ritchie exhibit at the California State Library in
30 pages. Softcover. $2.50
PRINTING IN THE TRADITION. By Lillian Marks. Preface by
Gary E. Strong. Composed in Monotype Bembo by Patrick Reagh.
Title-page woodcut by Edgar Dorsey Taylor. 250 copies printed
letterpress by Patrick Reagh on Mohawk Superfine Paper. An edition
of 60 copies was printed on the Albion hand press at the California
State Library in Sacramento. The press was previously owned
by Saul and Lillian Marks of the Plantin Press in Los Angeles.
This is the first book printed on the press at the State Library.
24 pages. Softcover. $8.00
RISE OF LOS ANGELES AS AN AMERICAN BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CENTER.
By Dr. Kevin Starr. Introduction by Gardner Haskell. Preface
by Lawrence Clark Powell. (The 1988 Coulter Lecture). 1989.
A search of the pattern behind the rich profusion of bibliographical
experience and symbolic meaning. Among numerous topics, Starr
discusses the role of imperial bibliography, the bookseller/publisher,
the search for the Hispanic past, fine printing and the graphic
arts, the real estate analogy, and historians and historiography.
37 pages. Softcover. $5.95
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