Earl Payne Tribute Website Released to Public

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Tribute Website to California Photographer, Earl Cecil Payne, is officially open to the public.

 This website was created by the Foundation to honor Mr. Payne and to thank the Payne family for their generosity. This website will continue to grow as more of the Payne collection is cataloged and digitized at the California State Library.
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New Acquisition: Advertising for The Steamer H. J. Corcoran

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The H. J. Corcoran: The Fastest Steamboat on the Bay

The Foundation has acquired for the State Library’s California History Collection a fabulous San Francisco Bay advertising poster for the Steamer H. J. Corcoran. The Corcoran was touted as the “fastest on the Bay.” Built in Stockton in 1898, it ran three times daily for Vallejo and Mare Island and thence to San Francisco and the Ferry Building.… Read more >>

New Acquistion: Log of the Snark by Charmian K. London

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

A Journey into Adventure with Mr. and Mrs. Jack London

            The Foundation has recently acquired a lovely new piece for the California State Library’s California History Section. This acquisition is a signed first edition of Charmian K. London’s The Log of the Snark, which was published in October of 1915 by The MacMillan Company.Read more >>

New Acquisition: Pony Express Bible

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Pony Express Bible Donated

Joe Nardone, the Master Historian of the Pony Express, generously donated to the Foundation an original “1858 RUSSELL, MAJORS & WADDELL” Bible.  These Bibles were ordered by the company in 1858 and should be called Alexander Majors Transportation Bible but have come to the be known as Pony Express Bibles in error.… Read more >>

Coming Up: Weird & Wacky Archives Crawl Oct. 7th

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The annual Archives Crawl is rapidly approaching! The State Library’s California History Room will be participating again with some “weird and wonderful collections” on display. In addition, scavenger hunt partipants will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win a Samsung Tab 4 Nook. Three Nooks will go to K-5 grade students, three to 6-12 grade students, and three to adult participants.… Read more >>

Alfred A. Hart Monument Unveiled by Mead B. Kibbey

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

On Monday morning, August 21, Foundation Board Member Mead B. Kibbey dedicated a beautiful granite monument dedicated to pioneer photographer Alfred A. Hart. The ceremony took place before an appreciative audience at Sacramento’s Historic Old City Cemetery. The monument is adjacent to the Kibbey Family Plot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hart (1816-1908) was the official photographer for the Central Pacific Railroad (1863-1869) and photographed with a dual-lens camera thousands of men rushing to build the transcontinental railroad from Sacramento, over the High Sierra, and to Promontory, Utah, a distance of 690 miles.… Read more >>

Purchasing Books for the State Library in 1853

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Gary F. Kurutz

When California State Government was in its infancy, high level officials became involved in routine activities such as the purchase of books for the State Library. Recently, the Foundation acquired on behalf of the Library a beautifully printed warrant from the Comptroller’s Office for $260 dated March 14, 1853.… Read more >>

New Acquisition: The Ozcot Photograph Album

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

“Ozcot” was the name of the Hollywood residence at Magnolia and Rose streets, in which L. Frank Baum, author of the children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), lived from 1911 – 1919. The book was later transformed into the now-iconic film The Wizard of Oz, released by MGM in 1939.… Read more >>

The Dr. Kevin Starr Memorial Issue of The Bulletin

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Members of the Foundation automatically receive a copy of the Bulletin.  Hard copies can be ordered here for $7.50 each, plus shipping. If you would like to become a member of the Foundation, click here to join online, or mail in the form provided.

The following is Mr. Kurutz’s introduction to this very special issue: 

This special memorial issue of the Bulletin is devoted to the considerable
contributions of Dr.… Read more >>

For the Joy of Doing

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

(Press Release reprinted with permission from the California State Library, June 15, 2017):

“For the Joy of Doing,”

A Selection of Fine Printing from the Collections of the California State Library

On display now at the State Library Branch at 900 N Street is an exhibit devoted to the history of fine printing and book arts in California.… Read more >>