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Digitizing a GIANT Map

By Vincent Beiderbecke, California State Library, Information Technology Bureau

Recently library staff unfurled a giant map showing the California County Free Libraries of 1915 in BTBL’s sorting area. The map had been stored on top of BTBL shelving for quite some time before it was decided to take it down and examine its condition.… Read more >>


A Night at the State Library presents: Fortune to the Bold: How French Argonauts Struck it Rich in Gold Rush California



“Arrivée en Californie.” An 1850 lithograph from the California State Library Special Collections.


Historian and author Dr. Claudine Chalmers will speak at the California State Library on January 13 on the topic of the French pioneers, artists and entrepreneurs who joined the California Gold Rush seeking their fortune. As many as 35,000 Frenchmen came to California in the 1840s and 1850s, at a time when the pioneers were the most likely to strike it rich.… Read more >>


Happy Holidays, and THANK YOU, from the California State Library Foundation

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As 2015 draws to a close we want to thank our members and contributors for helping us support the State Library’s valuable programs. Your response to our year-end contribution drive has been spectacular! We hope you were able to enjoy the library’s State Fair exhibit featuring the History Section’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition collection, if not in person, then through the Bulletin and the library’s website.… Read more >>


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