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The Triumph of Helios: Photographic Treasures of the California State Library

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.

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California - 150 Years

State Poster Graphically Depicts 150 Years of California History

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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New Publications

Mexican War Bibliography Available
The 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.

Mt. 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.

Isaiah 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 were lost.
Hardcover. 168 pages. $45 plus sales tax and shipping.



A Facsimile Edition of Sacramento's First Book, edited by Mead B. Kibbey

This facsimile edition of J. Horace Culver’s 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. Culvert’s 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.
It 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.

An 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.
ISBN 0-929722-97-3.
336 pages. Hardcover. $15.00


Edited and Introduced by Mead B. Kibbey.

This 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


Translated and Edited by Mary Grace Paquette. Sacramento: Sacramento Book Collectors Club, 1992.

One of the very best Gold Rush reminiscences, Paquette called DeRutté’s 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.
ISBN 0-9617334-2-X
128 pages. $40.00


By Wayne Bonnett. Windgate Press, Sausalito, California. 1996.

Victorian 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.
ISBN 0-915269-15-5
160 pages. Hardcover. $50.00

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.
ISBN 0-915269-09-0
136 pages. Hardcover. $45.00

Introduction by Richard Dillon. Edited by Gary E. Strong. Photographs. Maps. 1989.

The 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 in 1917.
ISBN 0-929722-20-5
139 pages. Softcover. $24.95
Library Related


WEST 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


Edited by Gary E. Strong and Gary F. Kurutz. 1985.

Guide 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.
ISBN 0-929722-07-8
44 pages. Softcover. $6.95



By W. Michael Mathes. 1985.

Describes 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.
ISBN 0-929722-05-1
101 pages. Softcover. $8.95


BOOK COLLECTORS OF STANFORD: An Eclectic Eight Who Shaped the Stanford University Libraries.
By John Y. Cole. Introduction by David C. Weber.

A 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 E. Brasch.
ISBN 0-929722-46-9
79 pages. Softcover. $15.00

To celebrate the State Library’s 150th anniversary in 2000, the Foundation published three special issues of the Bulletin:
Number 67: Rich, Rare, and Curious: Treasures of the California State Library.
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 Library’s exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum.
75 pages. $10.00
Number 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 Library’s history. A Brief History of the Library Development Services Bureau” by Christopher Berger.
51 pages. $7.50
Number 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
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 available.
ISSN 0741-0344
Quarterly. $30.00/year
Numbers 1-25.
Compiled by Gary E. Strong. 1988.
ISBN 0-927722-23-3
36 pages. Softcover. $7.50
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


F.A.T.H.E.R.S. PROGRAM GUIDE. By Jane Curtis, M.A. Fathers As Teachers: Helping, Encouraging, Reading, Supporting.
April 1999.

The 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.

Development of this publication was supported by the California State Library Foundation and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund of San Francisco.
ISBN: 1-893834-01-8

ON 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.
ISBN 0-929722-13-2
122 pages. Softcover. $15.75
WHO 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 .
ISBN 0-929722-16-7
28 pages. Softcover. $5.25


A 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 Library .
ISBN 0-929722-14-0
12 pages. Softcover. $2.95


FINE 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.
ISBN 0-929722-22-1
31 pages. Softcover. $15.00

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.
ISBN 0-929722-15-9
18 pages. Softcover. $3.95
THE 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 1984.
ISBN 0-929722-00-0
30 pages. Softcover. $2.50
ON 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.
ISBN 0-929722-31-0
24 pages. Softcover. $8.00
THE 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.
ISBN 0-929722-26-4
37 pages. Softcover. $5.95



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