The Passing of Dr. Kevin Starr

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The California State Library Foundation is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Dr. Kevin Starr on Saturday. Dr. Starr was California’s premier historian and advocate, as well as the State Librarian under three administrations. Tributes are pouring in over Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned as the State Library and the Foundation plan to honor this larger-than-life librarian and lover of history.… Read more >>

Help needed to preserve new Pony Express collection!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Dear Readers,

The California State Library Foundation seeks to raise funds to design and build two display cases to house and preserve historic Pony Express artifacts, including two bronze statues, a rare mochila replica, and other rare items from the Pony Express’s brief, but colorful moment in history.  This collection was recently donated by Joseph Nardone, master historian of the Pony Express.… Read more >>

New Bulletin Available!!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


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The California State Library and its Sutro Library branch in San Francisco make available for public research an outstanding collection representative of the history of the book and printing. Over the last several months, we have received three excellent articles pertaining to this theme, and it made sense to publish them together as a special issue of the Bulletin.… Read more >>

Out of the Vault: Treasures from YOUR State Library

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Out of the Vault new display 10_14_16


The California State Capitol Museum and California State Library have partnered on an exciting exhibit featuring priceless treasures from the permanent collections of the California State Library. The exhibit is exquisitely curated by Gary F. Kurutz, Curator of the State Library’s Special Collections, in collaboration with John Allen of the Department of Parks and Recreation.… Read more >>

Selling, taming, and documenting California

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


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The California State Library Foundation Bulletin (#114) is available in a full-color pdf on our website.

California agriculture, transportation, and fine photography are just some of the topics highlighted in this issue. The California History Section’s Elena Smith provides an overview of the clever ways in which postcards were used to market California’s agricultural prowess in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Los Angeles.… Read more >>

Mattie Taormina Named Director of San Francisco’s Sutro Library

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

By California State Library Staff

Veteran special collections and archives librarian Mattie Taormina has been named the new director of San Francisco’s Sutro Library.


s200_mattie.taorminaThe Sutro Library, located on the campus of San Francisco State University, holds Adolph Sutro’s (1830–1898) original rare book and manuscript collection encompassing materials dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries.… Read more >>

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



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

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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 >>