Black Gold Cooperative Library System Advisory Board's Photo Essay collection includes black and white photographic images
of historical interest spanning from the late 1800s up to the 1970s. The images strive to recognize people of four heritages
who without recognition helped to build the social and economic prosperity of California Central Coast.
The collection consists of selected images from four Photo Essays:
1) African Americans on the Central Coast,
2) Asian Pacific Americans on the Central Coast,
3) Hispanics on the Central Coast: 300 Years of History,
4) Native Americans on the Central Coast.
During the 1990s, Black Gold Information Center and System Advisory Board (SAB) assembled the collection of over 500 historical
photographs borrowed from a number of museums, libraries, archives and other cultural organizations, as well as from individuals
and family collections. For the Native Americans on the Central Coast Photo Essay, the SAB Task Force collaborated with John
R. Johnson, Curator of Anthropology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The Photo Essay project was produced in cooperation
with the Administrative Council of the Black Gold Cooperative Library System and System Administration with support from the
State of California under provisions of the California Library Services Act, administered by the California Library Services
200 photographs available online, 500 are in the full collection
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