Dr. Robert Chandler on African American Artist Grafton Tyler Brown

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dr. Robert J. Chandler Gives Lively and Informative Talk on African American Artist Grafton Tyler Brown and Makes Generous Donation of a Brown Artifact

By Gary F. Kurutz, CSLF Executive Director and CSL Curator of Special Collections



Historian Dr. Chandler regaled attendees at February’s Night at the State Library with an illustrated talk on the life and career of pioneer California artist and lithographer Grafton Tyler Brown.… Read more >>

Digitizing a GIANT Map

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

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

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



“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

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

king frost donner 1930s


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 >>

Long-time Directors Retire from CSLF Board

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Foundation’s holiday luncheon, held on December 2nd this year was part celebration, part send-off. Amid holiday cheer and fond reminiscences, Sue T. Noack and George Basye made their retirement from the Board of Directors official. Directors and their spouses came to wish them well, and to celebrate another successful year at the Foundation.… Read more >>

Bulletin 113 now available online

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in home-news-1 | 0 comments

Bulletin 113 now available online

The Foundation’s Bulletin no. 113 is hot off the presses and available online in pdf format.

This issue features M. Patricia Morris’ fascinating interview with Harold Adler, whose
photographs of the 1960s and 1970s civil rights protests will soon find a permanent home in the California History Special Collections at the State Library.… Read more >>

Society of California Pioneers and Grolier Club tour CSL collections

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Gary F. Kurutz

On Friday, October 23rd, we hosted the Society of California Pioneers led by Dr. Kevin Starr. One hundred Pioneers came. We divided the groups into rotating thirds: two touring the Library & Courts Building and one coming over to the California History Room for a show and tell of library treasures by yours truly.… Read more >>

The 5th Annual Archives Crawl Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 5th Annual Archives Crawl Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

by Kathleen Correia and Staff of the California History Section

“I wanted to thank the CA State Library for being part of the Archives Crawl again. That is one of my favorite community activities in Sacramento. Your collection is outstanding.” – email from a patron.

The Sacramento Archives Crawl was held Saturday, October 3, at four host institutions—Sacramento Public Library, California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History and the California State Library’s California History Room.… Read more >>

Fr. Serra’s Bible Given to Adolph Sutro in 1890

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Gary F. Kurutz, Executive Director

Pope Francis I will be visiting the United States and will canonize Fray Junípero Serra as a saint of the Catholic Church on September 23. Fr. Serra is recognized as the founder of the California mission system. In 1890, Adolph Sutro was given a most unusual gift: a Bible thought to have been used by Serra at Mission San Carlos (Carmel).… Read more >>

Night at the State Library feat. Gary Kurutz

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

i heart cali bear


Next week’s Night at the State Library features Gary Kurutz, CSL’s Curator of Special Collections, and the Foundations Executive Director. He will regale attendees with tales of California’s pivotal admission to the Union 165 years ago, including Southern California’s attempt to break away from the north. It is sure to be an entertaining evening!… Read more >>