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From the Stacks 

February 9, 2011

Expositions and Earthquakes

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.

Mechanic's Building, 1894.

Mechanic Arts Building, California Midwinter Fair, 1894

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.

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Market Street Fire postcard.

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Market Street Fire postcard

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.

General view of Midwinter Fair, circa 1894. Midwinter Fair Glass Plate Negative Collection.

N255. General view of Midwinter Fair, circa 1894. Midwinter Fair Glass Plate Negative Collection. Photographer unknown.

Ticket and stub for San Francisco Day at the Midwinter Fair. July 4, 1894.

Ticket and stub for San Francisco Day at the Midwinter Fair.           July 4, 1894. Raymond Clary MidWinter Fair Collection.

- Danielle
Archives & Digital Collections Librarian


Filed under: Archives,Archives finds — Archives & Special Collections @ 3:00 pm

2 Comments »

  1. It is good to see my Grandfather Clary’s passion for the MidWinter Fair is being shared. I have great memories of tagging along with him to Golden Gate Park.

    Comment by Karen Henderson — May 31, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  2. We are actually in the process of finishing a small exhibit of items from the Clary collection that is in our Library Reading Room. The collection is a great documentation of Golden Gate Park history.

    Comment by Archives & Special Collections — June 14, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

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