SF Gate: A San Francisco archive has added hundreds of amazing photos. See the best ones here.. “For San Francisco history lovers, there are few places more amazing on the internet than OpenSFHistory. The image archive, kick-started by an anonymous private collector, houses over 45,000 historic images of the city, from pre-Gold Rush to the 1990s. It’s a trove of street views, everyday life and famous local events. As photos are donated, scanned and uploaded, OpenSFHistory occasionally adds a big set of new images. They’ve done that recently, and we went through and found some of the most interesting gems in the gallery above.”
King City Rustler: Rustler’s early issues now available in online database. “Copies of the King City Rustler newspaper from 1901 through 1925 have been converted from microfilm to a digital version, making them accessible to anyone online. The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) recently announced that the issues have been included in its database, which is associated with the University of California at Riverside. “
Berkeley Library News: Rock ‘n’ roll, clowns, and Roberta Flack: An inside look at a massive new collection of music photography at The Bancroft Library. “Looking through the photographs is like flipping through stacks of vinyl at Amoeba Music, a satisfying exercise in nostalgia. Scanning through the folders, you’ll see Judy Collins, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, and so many in between… The photographs, 60,000 in all, make up the Howard Brainen photo archive. A recent gift to Bancroft, the archive is a time machine into a moment in music history, offering a glimpse into the local scene and the larger-than-life figures who came through the Bay Area.” It’s worth reading the article just to see the pictures included with it.
Jewish News of Northern California: New digital map offers walking tours of San Francisco’s hidden Jewish history. “The main map collects Jewish sites across the city, from landmarks like Congregation Emanu-El to lesser-known bits of history, like Cable Car Clothiers, located at the original Montgomery Street location where founder Charlie Pivnick first opened it.” There are plans to expand the maps further.
California Secretary of State: California State Archives Digitizes its Complete, “Diseños Collection” of Hand-Drawn Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Maps. “This collection contains images of 493 hand-drawn sketch maps that were originally created from 1827-1846. The hand-drawn sketch maps, or diseños, were used by the Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. governments to demonstrate land grant boundaries for individuals…. The diseños in the State Archives’ collection are complete and accurate copies of the original hand-drawn maps and were created in the 1860s as directed by the California Legislature. This is the first time that the State Archives’ collection has been digitized and available online in full color.”
SCV News: Budman Donates Vast Signal Photo Archive to Historical Society. “The owner of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper has donated the entire Signal Photo Archive – an estimated 1 million individual negatives, prints and digital images documenting the goings-on in the SCV from at least the 1960s to the early 2000s – to the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.” So nice to read about an archive ending up somewhere besides destroyed or in a dumpster.
SF Weekly: We Are Here, We Have Always Been Here . “California has one the largest populations of Iranians outside Iran, but without a clear distinction by the U.S. Census — Iranians are among many left with either ‘White’ or ‘Some Other Race’ — it’s hard to tell exactly how many. [Persis] Karim estimates that the state has closer to 1.5 million people of Iranian descent, of which the Bay Area is home to more than 100,000, but much attention is paid to wealthy residents of Los Angeles…. Karim is building a digital archive about the Bay Area’s Iranian American community through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.”