We just published two new finding aids on the Online Archive of California. One is for the Exhibits and Expositions collection and the other is for the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 collection. Both collections are small artificial collections that were gathered together over time by Academy staff.
The Exhibits and Expositions collection mainly relates to three expositions held in San Francisco: the California Midwinter Fair (1894), the Pan-Pacific International Exposition (1915), and the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940). The collection consists primarily of publications, photographs, postcards, illustrations, maps, and ephemera such as tickets, souvenirs, coins, medals, and pins.
We processed The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 collection because we have had several reference questions about that earthquake recently and we wanted to be able to reference the material easily. This collection is mostly comprised of publications, newspaper clippings, reports and photographs.
There are two collections that are related to our Exhibits and Expositions collection that don’t have online finding aids yet. One is a group of twenty five glass plate negatives from the MidWinter Fair and the second is the Raymond H. Clary MidWinter Fair collection. We are currently working on a Library Reading Room exhibit of items from the Clary collection that will feature one of my favorite items in the Archive – a mustache spoon. Stay tuned for more information on the Clary collection exhibit.
Archives & Digital Collections Librarian