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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...

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New Acquisition: The Ozcot Photograph Album

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“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...

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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...

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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...

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New Acquisitions for California History

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

A Propeller-driven Snow Mobile Among the many items acquired by the Foundation on behalf of the Library’s California History Section is an album of 62 original photographs documenting the construction of the Rush Creek Hydroelectric Project in Mono County, 1913––1923. Found in the album is a group of four images of a power “snow sled” built by Billy Young...

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Board Member Gary Noy Publishes Newest Book on the Gold Rush

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gary Noy, an esteemed member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, has just released his latest book, Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck (Heyday Books and Sierra College Press, 2017). At the most recent Night at the State Library event, Mr. Noy gave a fascinating talk that was well-attended and enthusiastically...

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