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Adams (Samuel) Journal and Papers

Two original journals cover the voyage to California and Adam's first months in San Francisco (4/1/1849 - 3/18/1850). The bulk of the Adams papers comprises letters from Adams to his wife, business correspondence, and Mrs. Adams' letters to her son...

 
Addington Family Papers

Personal correspondence of Sara Addington Davis, relating to the lives of several Iowa and New England families; together with correspondence of her relatives, including letters (1849-1853) of her father, Daniel Davis, a native of Vermont, describing his voyage to California...

 
Alaska Commercial Company records

Two volumes of official minutes of monthly and special Board of Trustees meetings and annual stockholders meetings, along with a few related miscellaneous notes and papers. The volumes include information on bylaws, contracts, inventories, dividends and assessments, and other company...

Albert Armor home movies

This collection comprises home movies filmed by Albert Armor from 1938-1949. The bulk of the films depict the Armor family of Corcoran, California, participating in holiday and birthday celebrations and family vacations. Other films depict cotton and grain harvesting, cattle...

 
Allyne (John W.) Business Papers

Business papers of Allyne & White, chiefly San Francisco billheads and receipts; stock certificates; correspondence and other material pertaining to the purchase and ownership of Rancho San Vicente in Santa Cruz County, Calif., by the Stanfords (1855-1869), along with some...

 
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California Records

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) records cover the years 1900 to 2000, with the bulk dating from 1934. Comprising correspondence, minutes, policy statements, annual reports, legal documents, attorneys’ working notes, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other...

 
American Sugar Refinery Company Records

Two volumes of bylaws (1879 and 1885), a journal (1890-1895), a cashbook (1890-1903), and a general ledger (1890-1903).

 
Anonymous Letter [Ida to Laura]

This four-page typed copy of a letter written to "Laura" by "Ida" from San Francisco was begun on April 24, 1906 and continued on May 2, 1906. It gives an eyewitness account of the earthquake and its aftermath....

 
Architectural drawings collection

This collection comprises architectural drawings, plans, and blueprints for residential, commercial, and civic buildings in Northern California and the Bay Area region, dating from 1862-1983, with the bulk of the materials dating from the first half of the 20th century.

 
Atherton (Faxon D.) Family Papers

Dated between 1852 and 1910, the bulk of the collection consists of personal and business correspondence addressed to Faxon Dean Atherton; business records generated by Atherton, his agents, and associates in Valparaiso and California; and real estate records for land...

 
Atherton (Faxon D.) Papers

The collection comprises business records and correspondence documenting Atherton's mercantile relationships and activities in Boston, California, Hawaii, and Valparaiso; correspondence, deeds, and other documents relating to Atherton's real estate investments in California, including Las Milpitas Ranch and Bolsa de San...

 
Augusta Bixler Farms Records

The papers include accounts from the years when David Bixler (1831-1908) ran the farm, 1879-1908, and from the years that the Augusta Bixler Estate held the farm, 1920-1944. Included also are family letters, especially from Elizabeth Augusta Bixler, and research...

 
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Baby Hygiene Committee Records

Consists of administrative records, including constitution and bylaws, minutes (1909-1950), correspondence (1909-1955), annual and monthly reports (1910-1958), financial records (1923-1949), case histories, and membership lists. With these are newspaper clippings and printed materials pertaining to the organization’s activities and scope...

Barry (Clemmie S.) Oral History

Contains a transcript and sound recording of Lucille Kendall's interviews with Clemmie Shuck Barry, an interview history, and scattered personal papers documenting Barry's activities as a labor organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) in the 1930s, particularly...

Battaglini (Rene) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1979 interviews with San Francisco labor organizer Rene Battaglini documenting his involvement in the labor movement of the 1930s and 1940s in San Francisco, as well as the history of the San Francisco...

 
Bine (René) Papers

Two boxes of records, letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a published account of post-earthquake activities in San Francisco by a daughter are included in the private collection of Dr. René Bine. The collection was donated to California Historical Society in...

 
Blake, (Anson Stiles) Business Records

Consists of account ledgers, cash books, copybooks, invoices, and other financial and business records of Calif. quarry companies, including San Pablo Quarry Co., Blake and Bilger Company, Blake Brothers Company, and San Francisco Quarries Company. Includes some records of companies...

 
Blake (Anson Stiles) Papers

Consists chiefly of typescripts and manuscripts of Blake's speeches to San Francisco Bay Area social clubs and organizations, concerning California history and contemporary issues, including labor relations, the cement and asphalt business, Berkeley, and other topics. Includes papers relating to...

 
Blake (Charles Thompson) Letters and Miscellany, 1849-1865

Consists of 70 handwritten letters from Blake to his parents and sister, a notebook listing mining supplies, and miscellaneous notes and drafts of monetary transactions. The letters describe Blake's 1849 voyage from New York to California via Nicaragua on the...

 
Brown (Samuel W.) Diary and Letters

Diary (181 p.) handbound in six sections, describing Brown's voyage from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn aboard the bark Selma with the Fremont Mining and Trading Company, of which he served as chairman of the board; and...

Burr-Allyne Family Papers and Photographs

Comprises correspondence, genealogies, personal papers, ephemera, business records, legal records, property records, photographs, motion picture films, and artifacts documenting the personal and professional activities of the Burr-Allyne family in San Francisco and California from 1839 to the early 2000s. Papers...

 
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Cabaniss (George Henry) Papers

Consists of papers pertaining to Cabaniss's naval career during World War II and to his law practice. The bulk of the papers pertain to execution of the estates of Sarah Elizabeth Chandler, Katherine M. Ball, Louise A. Sorbier and her...

 
California Art Gallery and Museum Ephemera Collection

Consists of advertisements, announcements, brochures, exhibition catalogs, invitations and posters promoting various artists and exhibitions held at California art galleries, art museums, and college art museums. Materials are primarily from San Francisco, the Bay Area and Los Angeles galleries and...

 
California Biography Collection

Consists of ephemeral items relating to people widely known and relatively unknown in California. The individuals and families represented include: pioneers and settlers; professionals, including teachers, doctors, scientists, lawyers and judges; bankers and merchants; political and cultural figures, including labor...

 
California Business Ephemera Collection

Consists of a variety of ephemera pertaining to California businesses, mainly from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with large portions from Sacramento, Stockton, and Los Angeles. The bulk of the material dates from the mid 19th century through...

 
California Counties Photography Collection

Contains photographs and postcards depicting views of specific locations, structures, people, events, and general subjects relating to cities and towns in every county of California from the 1850s to the 1980s except for San Francisco, which is collected separately.

 
California Ephemera Collection

The collection consists of a wide range of ephemera pertaining to the state of California and each of its constituent counties, excluding the City and County of San Francisco. Dating from 1841 to 2001, the collection includes ephemera created by...

California Lettersheet 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...

California Menu Collection

Consists of menus and wine and spirits lists from California restaurants. Materials are primarily from restaurants located in San Francisco and the Bay Area, but the collection also includes menus from other California cities; bulk of the materials are from...

 
California Stereoviews

Stereographs of Yosemite, Mendocino County, Calaveras Big Trees, and other California views by John P. Soule.

 
California Tomorrow Records

The records of California Tomorrow document the organization's growth and influence from its initial meeting in 1961 through its dissolution in the spring of 1983. Linking the objectives of conservationists, planners, regulators and California residents, California Tomorrow called for comprehensive...

 
California Wine Association Records

Consists of bound records of the California Wine Association (1894-1936), a group of San Francisco Bay Area winemakers and dealers who combined interests to gain favorable financial control over the market. Volumes contain minutes of Executive Committee and Board of...

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, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The core of the collection consists of wine labels printed by Lehmann Printing and Lithographing...

 
California Wool Growers Association Photograph Collection

Comprises photographs, negatives, slides, contact sheets, banquet camera photographs, transparencies, ephemera, correspondence, promotional materials, press releases, and newsletters collected by the California Wool Growers Association for use in publication or possible publication in the association's journal . Photographs depict the...

 
Campaign Data Service, Inc. records

Consists of correspondence, reports, advertisements, and printed materials, relating to state and local elections and neighborhood initiatives. Contains material relating to individual campaigns for positions on the San Francisco School Board, and the offices of County Sheriff and Supervisors, including...

 
Carpenter (Estelle) Papers

The Estelle Carpenter papers, containing her correspondence, a variety of published material by and about her, some personal effects, and a small collection of sheet music and audio recordings reflect her long and illustrious career as Director of Music in...

Certificates of Residence for Chinese Laborers

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...

 
Chickering (Allen Lawrence) Papers

Correspondence, news clippings, ephemera, printed materials, and other documents pertaining to the discovery, investigation, and custody of Drake's Plate of Brasse, found in Marin County in 1937, which carried an inscription declaring Sir Francis Drake's claim of the land on...

 
Cogswell (Henry D.) Time Capsule Collection

Consists of material removed from the time capsule placed under the Benjamin Franklin statue in Washington Square, San Francisco, California, in 1879, to be opened in 1979. Contains personal business papers of Henry Daniel Cogswell, including indentures and other papers...

 
Commercial Catalogs Collection

Consists of a variety of commercial catalogs and other sales-related ephemera pertaining to California businesses, largely from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with significant portions from Sacramento and Los Angeles, and a smaller number from non-California businesses. Manufacturers'...

 
Cow Hollow Improvement Club Records

Contains organizational papers, including constitution and bylaws, minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and reports, as well as cases before the Board of Appeals concerning new constructions and conversions, newspaper clippings, and several zoning reports and maps. Correspondence contains detailed accounts of...

 
Crate, Can, and Bottle Label Collection

Comprises thousands of 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 and stock label...

 
Crocker (Mary V. I.) Papers

The Mary Virginia Ives Crocker Papers are made up of twenty scrapbooks and seven folders (containing loose materials removed from the scrapbooks) which consist of correspondence, programs, periodicals, ephemera, photographs and newspaper clippings which chronicle her life with Henry J....

 
Cross (Ralph H.) Papers

Letters regarding the history of California hotels and stopping places before the completion of the trans-continental railroad. The letters are numbered with an index arranged by county. See drawers of 4 × 6 slips....

 
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Daegener (William) Papers, 1850-1871

The documents in this collection (letters, receipts, checks and other business and legal documents) are dated from October 12, 1850 to August 31, 1871. The document descriptions below are in chronological order, with undated documents at the end. The documents...

 
Daily Morning Ape

Two copies of the newspaper, handwritten composed by San Francisco children and handwritten on lined legal-sized sheets with a hand-drawn masthead showing an ape under a tree thumbing his nose at an owl and an elephant, are dated September 1,...

 
Davis (William H.) Papers

Created or collected by William Heath Davis between the years 1838 to 1871, the collection consists of correspondence, bills, receipts, checks, and two account books documenting Davis' business activities as an employee of California merchant Nathan Spear; supercargo aboard the...

 
Day (William P.) Papers

Office records for the architectural firm of W.P. Day, including correspondence, financial and personnel records, project files, and plans; together with some personal papers, and other documents. Projects represented include Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940) and San Francisco International Airport...

 
De Fremery (Don) Collection

Don De Fremery explains in an introduction to this manuscript, which is typewritten on 16 legal sheets and bound at the top like a legal brief, that the items described below were found in Oakland, CA among the papers of...

 
De Losada (Dorothy E.) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interview with labor organizer Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada documenting her involvement in the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 6, in San Francisco, beginning in the 1940s.

 
Dill (Marshall, Sr.) Papers

The collection consists of correspondence and speeches relating to the positions Dill held with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco Grand Jury (Foreman), San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Alien Enemy Hearing Board...

 
Dobbins (Dick) Collection on the Pacific Coast League

The Dick Dobbins collection 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;...

 
Doyle (John T.) Papers

The John T. Doyle papers touch on law cases in which Doyle or his partner -- or partners successively adopted -- concerned themselves. Most of the documents touch on civil disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area, though some are...

 
Draper (Anne P.) Papers

The collection consists of personal papers and correspondence, including correspondence with labor union people; Christmas cards designed by Draper and her husband, Hal; manuscripts of speeches given at her memorial services by local labor and political leaders; newsletters and ephemera...

 
Dwinelle (John W.) Papers

Collection includes his personal and business records, appointment book, 1873, clippings from newspapers for which JWD wrote; personal and business records of William Worthington Chipman; original survey and land transaction for the Encinal San Antonio, later to become the city...

 
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Eastland (Thomas B.) Papers

The diary and 13 letters concern Eastland's overland trip from Nashville, Tenn. to Mazatlan where he boarded the steamer for the remainder of the trip to San Francisco....

Edmondson (Mildred) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interviews with Mildred Edmondson documenting her work with the California State Employment Service and the War Manpower Commission in the 1930s and 1940s, with an emphasis on the role of women and...

 
Eliel (Harriet J.) Oral History

Contains a transcript of Carol Farley's 1973 interview with Harriet Judd Eliel documenting her activities as an officer of the San Francisco, California, and national chapters of the League of Women Voters in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

 
Ely (Louise F.) Diary

Diary concerns some reflections on her life-concerns for husband's health where they will eventually settle hints of pregnancy....

 
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Flick (Beatrice L.) Oral History

Contains a transcript of Carol Farley's 1973 interview with Beatrice Ludlow Flick documenting her activities as president of the San Francisco League of Women Voters from 1940 to 1941.

Foley (Phyllis) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1979 interviews with Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union official Phyllis Foley documenting her experiences and activities as financial secretary-treasurer of Locals 283 and 2 in San Francisco in the 1970s,...

 
Friends of Perfection Records

This collection consists of a complete collection of the first series of the publication with some supplements, and an incomplete collection of other products of the Free Print Shop. There are also some miscellaneous related items, including one of the...

 
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General Subjects Photography Collection

Contains photographs and picture postcards depicting scenes of California places, people, activities, and cultural resources from the 1850s to the 1980s.

Gladstein (Caroline Decker) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Sue Cobble's 1976 interviews with Caroline Decker Gladstein documenting her experiences as a Communist Party activist and labor organizer in the 1920s and 1930s across the United States. Topics include: the 1931 Harlan County, Kentucky,...

Goldblatt (Louis) Oral History

Transcript and sound recording of Lucille Kendall's November 7, 1979 interview with San Francisco labor organizer Louis Goldblatt documenting his involvement in the labor movement of the 1930s and 1940s in San Francisco, California, and throughout the Pacific Coast, as...

 
Golden Gate International Exposition Records

This collection consists of 2 folders and three volumes documenting the history and financial aspects of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Folder 1 contains undated building and cost estimates, recommendations for estimates and drawings detailing cross sections of the...

 
Goodman (Joseph R.) Papers on Japanese American Internment

Personal correspondence, organizational records, government documents, publications, and other papers created or collected by Joseph R. Goodman documenting the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, as well as organized resistance to the internment. Included in the...

 
Gregory (Percy H.) Letters

This collection consists of six ALS from Percy H. Gregory, carpenter and immigrant from Australia, to his mother in Australia. The letters give a good overall view of life in San Francisco during the period, with an exceptional eyewitness account...

 
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Haight Street Diggers Records

Mainly photocopies of fliers, broadsides, poetry, manifestos, and other printed material distributed in the community, the bulk of which was printed by the Communications Company, a group created by several writers and Diggers; together with several issues of Free City...

 
Hall (John R.) Research Materials on Peoples Temple

Materials used by Hall in preparation of, and cited in, his book, , published in 1987. Includes correspondence, legal documents, clippings, transcripts of conversations and broadcasts (1954-1983), and ephemera collected and generated by members of Peoples Temple (1960-1978), particularly in...

 
Hall, William Hammond Papers

Chiefly correspondence, reports, accounts, and other papers pertaining to Hall's irrigation projects in Calif., with some materials on projects in Nev. and Yakima, Wash. Includes some papers related to Hall's research and publications on irrigation, dams, and reservoirs; reports and...

 
Hall, William Hammond Papers

Chiefly correspondence, reports, accounts, and other papers pertaining to Hall's irrigation projects in Calif., with some materials on projects in Nev. and Yakima, Wash. Includes some papers related to Hall's research and publications on irrigation, dams, and reservoirs; reports and...

 
Hall (William Hammond) Papers

The William Hammond Hall papers (MS915) consists of correspondence, technical reports, scrapbooks, and blueprints generated during his time as the first State Engineer of California (1879-1889), as a supervising engineer for the U.S. Geological Survey (1889), and as a private...

 
Hart (Jerome A.) Papers and Scrapbooks

Drafts of Hart's manuscripts, including Vigilante girl (1910), In our second century (1931), Sardou and Sardou plays (1913), Vigilante time, The breadline, and writings on Edmond Rostand and other French authors; scattered personal correspondence (1879-1928); articles from the Argonaut; 34...

 
Hartnell (William) Papers

Documenting educational and commercial life in California in the 1820s and 1830s, the collection consists of a treatise on algebra (183?), , written by P. Nicholson and translated into Spanish by Hartnell; and a daybook (1823-1827) and account book (1815-1816,...

 
Hart's Stereographs of the Central Pacific Railroad

Stereographs of the Central Pacific Railroad taken by Alfred A. Hart.

 
Haskell (Burnette G.) diaries and receipt

Collection comprises two diaries and a receipt for a registered letter, kept by California labor leader Burnette G. Haskell. Volume 1 (1878-1879) mostly concerns Haskell's failed courtship of Sophie McFarlane (1878-1879); volume 2 (1885) documents his labor career, including the...

 
Haynes (Frederick Douglas) Family Papers, 1935-1980

Consists of correspondence, sermons, and other papers of Haynes, a Baptist clergyman active in church affairs and civil rights; his second wife, Charlie Mae (Crawford) Lomax Haynes, a singer, church worker, and successful candidate for the School Board, who was...

 
Helbush (William W.) Collection of Water Project Records

The collection consists of primary and secondary source materials collected by William Helbush in his position as engineer for the San Francisco Department of Public Works. The collection contains project records, including reports, contracts, notes, specifications, plans, blueprints, and site...

 
Heller Ehrman historical collection

The collection consists of the historical collection of the Heller Ehrman law firm, including papers, books, photographs, and audiovisual materials related to the firm’s history, dated from 1893 to 2007.The materials were collected by Heller Ehrman staff to document the...

 
Hellman (Isaias W.) Papers

Business papers, chiefly correspondence, pertaining to Hellman's activities in banking, electric and cable railway transportation, and real estate investment, particularly in southern California and San Francisco. Correspondence is with and about the banks and financial institutions with which Hellman was...

Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Records

Collection comprises duplicate and original records of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), dated between circa 1790 and 2011, with most records dating between 1933 and 1965. The bulk of the collection consists of duplicate HABS documentation for historic buildings...

 
Holmes (Harold C.) Collection of Early California Manuscripts

Accounts, receipts for wages and goods, Gold Rush correspondence, and other documents collected by Oakland bookseller Harold C. Holmes, mostly relating to commercial activities in California between the years 1846 and 1868. Materials were created by various individuals and firms,...

 
Honey (W. W.) San Francisco Fire Department Certificate

This certificate is dated in San Francisco on November 5, 1852. It certifies that W. W. Honey is an active member of Monumental Co. No. 6 as of the roll call on November 5, 1852. The document is signed by...

 
Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union Records

Records and papers documenting the history, internal affairs, external relations, organizing efforts, and labor actions of the Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union in San Francisco between the years 1937 and 1982, especially during the 1937, 1941-1942, 1978-1980,...

 
Howard (William D. M.) Papers

Collection consists of San Francisco merchant and financier William D. M. Howard’s correspondence and business papers. Also includes business papers of William R. Warren, a Honolulu merchant; Howard’s brother George; Henry F. Teschemacher, tenth mayor of San Francisco; and William...

 
Hughes (Lon) KQW Interviews

Transcripts of 25 interviews of presidents of major firms based in California, on their adjustments to the postwar economy, conducted by Hughes for a series of radio public service announcements, sponsored by Sutro & Co. and aired over station KQW....

 
Hyde (Helen) Papers

Contains two diaries (1881-1882) kept by Hyde at age 13, which primarily focus on everyday life of a well-educated daughter of a prosperous family, including social visits, art and dancing lessons, birthday and holiday celebrations as well as the death...

 
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Ina Coolbrith Circle Records

The Ina Coolbrith Circle collection contains correspondence, announcements, newsletters, legal papers, financial statements and newspaper clippings concerning the Circle, its members and activities between 1921 and 1969....

 
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Jardine (John E.) Papers

The Jardine family collection consists primarily of personal and business correspondence between 1893 and 1941. The majority of the folders contain family letters, correspondence with friends, photographs, postcards, wedding invitations and poems. Also included are financial reports and statements from...

 
John W. Geary School PTA Records

The records of the John W. Geary School PTA begin in April 1930. Included are correspondence, minutes, flyers, programs, newsletters, and scrapbooks. The most revealing and complete materials from the early days of the school are the publicity scrapbooks which...

 
Johnson (Sanford D.) Letters

Three letters, now in fragile condition, were written by Sanford D. Johnson to various members of his immediate family. S. Johnson (also signed by Sophia Johnson) writes to Daniel Johnson of Gardiner, Maine on July 23, 1833. Sanford Johnson writes...

 
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Kagan (Paul) Papers

The Paul Kagan collection consists almost entirely of publications, printed materials and newsletters published by each organization. Community members designed some of these for a general, interested audience and others only for their own edification. The various publications cover issues...

 
Kagel (Sam) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1980 interview with arbitrator Sam Kagel documenting his role in San Francisco labor relations in the 1930s and 1940s, especially during the 1934 waterfront and general strike and the 1937 hotel strike.

Kaross (Sonia Baltrun) Oral History

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1977 interviews with Sonia Baltrun Kaross and ephemera documenting Kaross' personal life and activities as a feminist; Socialist and Communist activist; Lithuanian writer; United Textile Workers (UTW) organizer and representative; and pacifist in...

 
Kemble Ephemera Collection

The collection comprises a wide variety of ephemera pertaining to printing practice, culture, and history in the Western Hemisphere. Dating from 1802 to 2013, the collection includes ephemera created by or relating to booksellers, printers, lithographers, stationers, engravers, publishers, type...

 
Kemble Type Specimen Collection

The collection consists of type specimens from type founders, type foundries and type designers in the United States, Scotland, England and the Netherlands. Dating from 1923 to 1982 the collection includes type specimens demonstrating various type ornaments and fonts available...

 
Kester (Frank) Papers

The Frank Kester Papers provide a detailed account of the life of a dedicated reporter and nature lover. Included are chapters of his autobiography, short stories and poetry. Kester's research notes and stories highlight the histories of small California towns,...

 
Knowland (Joseph R.) Papers

The Joseph Russell Knowland Collection consists of over fifty years of correspondence, reports, articles and printed materials conerning the development of California during the first half of the 20th century. The collection is composed primarily of the documents of the...

 
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Lambert (Louise T.) Oral History

Contains a transcript and sound recording of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interviews with Louise Todd Lambert; an interview history; and a few miscellaneous papers, including a photocopy of Lambert's 1958 letter of resignation from the Communist Party. The interviews document Lambert's...

 
League of Women Voters Records

The League of Women Voters extensive collection consists of over fifty years of correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, audio tapes and a documentary film. Included are League publications, printed materials and newspaper clippings depicting the development and achievements of the...

 
Leese (Jacob P.) Papers

Consists of personal and business correspondence, indentures, legal documents, ship's papers, accounts, inventories, and maps, documenting the activities, business interests, and land holdings of early California merchant Jacob P. Leese, his wife Rosalia Vallejo de Leese, and his partner Thomas...

 
Leidesdorff (William A.) Collection

The collection consists of Leidesdorff's correspondence (1845-1847) as vice-consul; correspondence, account books, orders, and receipts (1834-1848) reflecting Leidesdorff's activities as a merchant in Yerba Buena (later San Francisco), including accounts with the crew of the Schooner and Hawaiian and Indian...

 
Llano del Rio Records

Most of the collection was collected by longtime colonist, Walter Millsap, and includes papers from the early years of the colony in California and Louisiana (1911-1930), correspondence between Millsap and other colonists (1920-1958), and files from the assets recovery attempt...

 
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Metro (Bertha) Papers

Correspondence, negotiations for contracts, copies of contracts, organizing documents, strike leaflets, and other union documents, together with transcripts of oral history interviews of Metro and her daughter, Phyllis Foley, also a union official; ephemera; and some personal correspondence. Includes material...

 
Mighels, (Ella Sterling) papers

Correspondence; diaries (1900-1927), called "soulbooks"; literary manuscripts; four scrapbooks; and miscellaneous papers. The bulk of the collection consists of typescripts and manuscripts of Mighels' writings and stories. Correspondence includes letters to and from her second husband, Philip V. Mighels, an...

 
Moore Family Papers

The collection consists of letters, journals, typescripts, government documents and microfiche, research materials, and ephemera related to the Moore family's investigations into the deaths in Guyana on November 18, 1978, which included three family members and California Congressman Leo J....

 
Mothers' Milk Bank, Inc. Records

Contains administrative records, including correspondence, minutes, and reports of the Board of Directors; financial records, including statements, treasurers' reports, invoices, and bills; fundraising records, consisting of correspondence with foundations and individual donors, foundation proposals, and material relating to special events;...

 
Muybridge's Stereographs of Yosemite Valley

Stereographs of Yosemite Valley taken by Eadweard Muybridge.

 
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Norris (Geil J.) Family Papers

Consists of correspondence, broadsides, baptismal certificates, land records, ephemera, and other materials created by and documenting the Pico, Castro, and Sanchez families—from which Geil J. Norris was descended—between the years 1828 to 1969, with the bulk of the materials dating...

 
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Ocean treasures from Santa Barbara, Cal.

Consists of one scrapbook of sea mosses titled , and one loose cover, alternatively titled , created by Rudolph Geschwind in 1891. The scrapbook contains six unidentified sea mosses, each mounted on its own page.

Orr (Violet) Oral History

Transcript and sound recording of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interviews with Violet Orr, including a brief interview with Violet's husband Paul Orr; an interview history; and one folder of Orr family papers and photographs, dated from 1919 to 1976. The interviews...

 
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Palmer (Silas H.) Business Papers

Correspondence, billheads, invoices, bids, estimates, reports, contracts, receipts, financial accounts, and receipts of Palmer, relating to his construction jobs throughout Calif., both in partnership, primarily as part of Palmer & McBryde and of S.H. Palmer & J.P. Holland, Inc., and...

 
Pauline Cushman scrapbook, 1863-1869, 1893.

Contains mainly newspaper clippings collected by Pauline Cushman documenting her speaking engagements about her life as a Union Army spy during the American Civil War. Included are announcements, reviews, and biographical pieces. Clippings are from various state newspapers and date...

 
Peoples Temple Ephemera and Publications

The bulk of the collection consists of printed materials generated by Peoples Temple pertaining to their activities in the United States and in Jonestown, the agricultural project started by Jim Jones in Guyana. Includes promotional materials such as periodicals, flyers,...

 
Peoples Temple Miscellany

Peoples Temple miscellany consists of miscellaneous materials about Peoples Temple arranged by California Historical Society staff into a single, ongoing collection. Acquired at different times from a variety of donors, materials in the collection include correspondence, notes, scrapbooks, journals, clippings,...

 
Peoples Temple Records

Consists of materials collected by court receiver Robert H. Fabian in his efforts to identify and locate Peoples Temple assets and settle the more than 750 claims that arose from the events of November 18, 1978, when Congressman Leo Ryan,...

 
Photograph Album of Chinese Criminals

Leatherbound album containing identification photographs of Chinese men and women (some identified by name), probably criminals, in San Francisco, California, circa 1872. Includes some inscriptions in pencil indicating names, crimes, and sentences.

 
Photograph Album of Chinese Men and Women in Sierra County

Album kept by John T. Mason containing identification photographs of Chinese men and women in Sierra County, California, dated between 1890 and 1930, with the bulk of the photographs taken in Downieville by D. D. Beatty in 1894. Most photographs...

 
Photographic Portraits of Prominent Californians and Visitors to San Francisco, circa 1871-1876

Photographic portraits of prominent San Franciscans and visitors, circa 1871-1876 taken by Carleton E. Watkins.

 
Photographs from the Peoples Temple Records

Consists of photographic prints of various sizes pertaining to Peoples Temple, including individual and group portraits, publicity photographs, and snapshots. Includes images of church services, recreational outings, and Peoples Temple members working at various pursuits, including farming, cooking, and woodworking....

Photographs of Peoples Temple in the United States and Guyana

Consists of 1225 original slides, and 1131 photographic print reproductions created from those slides, of the members of the Peoples Temple in Redwood Valley, San Francisco, and Guyana from 1967-1978. Included are images of church services, portraits of Peoples Temple...

 
Photographs of San Francisco and other California locations

Photographs of San Francisco and other California locations.

 
Photographs of the California Mother Lode

Photographs of the California Mother Lode region taken by Alma Lavenson during the 1930s through the 1960s.

 
Polk (Willis) Scrapbooks

Five volumes of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings documenting the reconstruction of San Francisco, California after the 1906 earthquake and fire, and subsequent city and architectural development. Commercial and public buildings represented include: the Civic Center, the Hobart Building, the Hallidie...

Powell (Helene) oral history

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall’s 1976-1977 interviews with Helene Powell covering her involvement with the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU), Local 6, in San Francisco as a steward and member of the Legislative Committee and Executive Board....

 
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Rolph Jr. (James) Papers

The papers of James Rolph, Jr. include material from his five consecutive terms as San Francisco mayor from 1912-1931. Issues and events affecting the city that are reflected in the papers include: the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE); World War...

 
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San Francisco Ephemera Collection

Consists of ephemeral items pertaining to San Francisco. The bulk of the material dates from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Includes ephemera related to fraternal clubs and women's organizations; social clubs; institutions such as churches, schools, universities...

 
San Francisco Ladies' Protection and Relief Society Records

Consists of the records of the San Francisco Ladies Protection and Relief Society, the Scandinavian Benevolent and Relief Society (later known as the Crocker Old People's Home), and the entity created by the merger of the two societies, Heritage House,...

 
San Francisco Schuetzen Verein Records

Comprises administrative records, publications, ephemera, and realia, documenting the origins, development, and activities of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein between the years 1860 and 1946. The collection also includes materials related to the San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association, which...

 
San Francisco Streets Photography Collection

Contains photographs and picture postcards with images of San Francisco street scenes depicting buildings, people, and events, as well as views of entire blocks and intersections that are identified, and general views of the city from the 1830s to the...

 
San Francisco Subjects Photography Collection

Contains photographs and picture postcards depicting scenes of San Francisco places, people and events from the 1850 to the 1980s

 
Schweitzer (Melville) Collection of California Miscellany

Letters, records, and other documents collected by Melville Schweitzer, including material related to John C. Frémont's California Battalion of Mounted Riflemen and the Bear Flag Revolt; a handwritten history of Howard Engine Company No. 3, a volunteer fire department in...

 
Shinn (Milicent W.) Papers

Mainly letters written to Shinn as editor of the Overland Monthly, concerning her work, the magazine's poor financial condition, and articles and stories submitted by writers; together with several letters to her dealing with Lick Observatory (about which she wrote...

 
Sorbier (Louise) Papers

Comprises correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, bound volumes, newspaper clippings, and ephemera documenting the personal life and official activities of San Francisco suffragist and civic leader Louise Sorbier. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, most of which is...

 
Spence (David) Papers

Consists of papers of David Estevan Spence, including real estate records for property in Monterey County and San Juan Bautista (1830-1850). Contains a request by Jose M. Maldonado to build a road near Spence’s property in Monterey County and a...

 
Stanley (Leo L.) scrapbooks and papers

Comprises scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, publications, and other materials created or collected by Dr. Leo Leonidas Stanley documenting his personal research and professional work as a prison doctor, ship's physician, and medical experimenter (1913-1974). The scrapbooks contain Stanley's observations of conditions...

 
Stereographs from the Eadweard Muybridge Pacific Coast Series

Stereographs of the San Francisco Bay Area, Pescadero, Santa Cruz, Point Reyes, and Mendocino County taken by Eadweard Muybridge.

 
Stereographs from the Helios Pacific Coast series

Stereographs of San Francisco, Atherton, Mammoth Tree Grove, Yosemite, and Alaska taken by Eadweard Muybridge under the name Helios.

 
Stereographs of California and Nevada

Stereographs of California and Nevada taken by Lawrence & Houseworth.

 
Stereographs of Farallone Islands, Geyser Springs, Mariposa Grove of Mammoth Trees, and other California views

Stereographs of Farallone Islands (i.e., Farallon Islands), Geyser Springs, Mariposa Grove, and other California views taken by Eadweard Muybridge.

 
Stereographs of San Francisco

Stereographs of San Francisco, Calif. taken by Thomas Houseworth & Co.

 
Stereographs of San Francisco, California

Stereographs of San Francisco, Calif. taken by Eadweard Muybridge. Includes two Marin County images.

 
Stereographs of the Central Pacific and Western Pacific Railroads

Stereographs of the Central Pacific Railroad taken by Thomas Houseworth & Co. Includes one stereo of the Western Pacific Railroad.

 
Stereographs of the Central Pacific Railroad

Stereographs of the Central Pacific Railroad taken by Eadweard Muybridge.

 
Stereographs of the Modoc War

Stereographs of the Modoc War and surrounding Siskiyou County landscape taken by Eadweard Muybridge.

 
Stereographs of the Sierra Nevada and other California views, ca. 1868-1880

Stereographs taken by M.M. Hazeltine of the Sierra Nevada and other California views,including San Francisco, mining, and Native Americans. Contains a few landscapes of Oregon.

 
Stereographs of Yosemite, San Francisco, and other California locations

Stereographs of Yosemite, San Francisco, and other California locations, including images of the Central Pacific Railroad taken by J.J. Reilly. Contains one stereo of Utah.

 
Stereographs of Yosemite Valley

Stereographs of Yosemite Valley taken by Thomas Houseworth & Co.

 
Stern Grove Festival Association Records

Consists of correspondence; financial records and reports; planing committee minutes; San Francisco Recreation Commission records; concert records, programs, and posters; scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and ephemera; and photographs, all of which were created or collected by the Stern Grove Festival...

 
Sutro (Adolph) Papers and Scrapbooks

Incoming correspondence (1853-1899), mostly relating to the Sutro Tunnel and the Pacific Railroad Funding Bill; and 66 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1866-1898) documenting the major interests of Sutro's business and political career. Major correspondents include Theodore Sutro, J.M. Bassett, F.B....

 
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W. P. Fuller & Co. (San Francisco, Calif.) Records

The collection consists of five bound letterbooks of letters sent to W. P. Fuller & Co. from September 1896 to September 1921. The letters are from the Pioneer White Lead Works and the Pioneer Color Works, subsidiaries of the company;...

 
Waterman (R. W.) papers

Consists of the papers of R. W. Waterman, including ephemera and women’s suffrage newspapers. Materials date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes ephemera related to fraternal organizations and clubs within California. The types of ephemera in the...

 
Woodmen of the World, Applewood Camp No. 696, Records

This collection includes both financial and administrative records, correspondence, and ephemera. The bulk of the material is from 1914-1917. Topics dicussed in the correspondence include controversial changes in the Woodmen’s constitution in 1914, enlistment in the armed forces during World...

 
Worley (Alfred Edward Thomas) Papers

Legal correspondence, court petitions, summaries, and summons; together with bound shorthand court notes, political pamphlets, and newspaper clippings relating to meetings of Sacramento Board of Freeholders, of which Worley was elected secretary in 1881, and his campaign for San Francisco...

 
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Yoneda (Elaine B.) oral history

Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's interview with left-wing activist Elaine Black Yoneda, which began in February 1976 and ended in June 1977. The interview covers Yoneda's involvement with the International Labor Defense, International Longshoremen's Association's Defense Committee, the...