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  • Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 6(110 clicks)
    Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 6 (2011) is the latest in a series of historical urban explorations, made from home movies, industrial and promotional films and outtakes, and other cinematic ephemera. It sold out the Castro Theatre in December, and this will be its second screening. YOU are the soundtrack. Please come prepared to shout out your identifications, ask questions about what’s on the screen, and share your thoughts with fellow audience members. Most of the footage in this program has not been shown before. It includes footage of San Francisco’s cemeteries just before their removal, unique drive-thru footage of the Old Produce Market (now Golden Gateway) in the late 1940s, cruising the newly-built Embarcadero Freeway, grungy back streets in North Beach, the sandswept Sunset District in the 1930s, and newly-rediscovered Cinemascope footage of Playland, the Sky Tram and San Francisco scenes, all in Kodachrome.
  • "California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900(137 clicks)
  • A Description of the Recently Discovered Petroleum Region in California: With a Report on the Same(106 clicks)
  • A Drive Through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1940s(143 clicks)
    Background process plate produced for an unidentified feature film, shot from an automobile driving through Bunker Hill and downtown Los Angeles.
  • A People's Guide to Los Angeles(123 clicks)
  • A Visit to Old Los Angeles and Environs(126 clicks)
    by Brent C. Dickerson
  • After Earthquake and Fire(121 clicks)
    San Francisco, 1906
  • Annotated Links to Website Related to Califorina Missions(101 clicks)
    A very large list worth pursuing.
  • Border Correspondent: Selected Writings, 1955-1970(156 clicks)
    Ruben Salazar essays
  • Bridging San Francisco Bay (ca. 1937)(122 clicks)
  • California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties(108 clicks)
    The WPA California Folk Music Project is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians.
  • California Heritage Collection(111 clicks)
    "The California Heritage Collection is an online archive of more than 30,000 images illustrating California's history and culture, from the collections of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley."
  • California Historical Society(121 clicks)
  • California History Guide(124 clicks)
    Educational guide
  • California Military Museum(144 clicks)
    California has a long military history as this museum shows.
  • California Military Museum(108 clicks)
    "California has a rich, but relatively unknown military history, below are several topics dealing with the military history of the Golden State. We would like to encourage professional and amateur historians to submit written histories for inclusion on our site."
  • California Missions(102 clicks)
  • California Missions Slide Show(111 clicks)
    Professor Robert Jackson's PowerPoint presentation on California missions, Part II.
  • California Missions Studies Association(123 clicks)
    For the Study and Preservation of the California Missions, Presidios, Pueblos, and Ranchos and Their Native American, Hispanic, and Early American Past.
  • California Missions, 1769-1840(123 clicks)
    Professor Robert Jackson's PowerPoint presentation on California missions, Part I.
  • California of the Past(125 clicks)
    Digital stories
  • California Rails(132 clicks)
  • California State Archives(128 clicks)
  • California Views(130 clicks)
    Pat Hathaway Collection
  • California's Spiritual Frontiers: Religious Alternatives in Anglo-Protestantism, 1850-1910(122 clicks)
    Scholarly book by Sandra Sizer Frankiel.
  • Civil Rights Suite(104 clicks)
    Chinese of California
  • Crossing the Frontier(100 clicks)
    More than 50 images of the American West dating from 1849 to the present.
  • Drowning of José Maria Sánchez & conspiracy(112 clicks)
    The Probate Proceedings on the drowning of José Maria Sánchez at the Pájaro River, Christmas Eve, 1852 and the Conspiracy to plunder the estate of his widow Encarnación Ortega.
  • Early California Population Projec(117 clicks)
    Welcome to the site of The Huntington's Early California Population Project The Early California Population Project (ECPP) provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers, records that are of unique and vital importance to the study of California, the American Southwest, and colonial America.
  • Fact and Fiction in the Mother Lode: Joaquin Murieta(126 clicks)
  • Five Views(119 clicks)
    An ethnic historic survey site of California.
  • Gold Rush(120 clicks)
  • Gold Rush(147 clicks)
  • Gold Rush(105 clicks)
  • Gold Rush of California: A Bibliography of Periodical Articles(119 clicks)
  • Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories(136 clicks)
    From the Oakland Museum of California.
  • Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906(121 clicks)
    The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection contains over 1,700 digitized images of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
  • H-California(116 clicks)
    The study of California. H-Net site.
  • Henry E. Huntington and the Creation of Southern California(132 clicks)
    William B. Friedricks book.
  • History of Belmont, California(115 clicks)
    This project was created to educate both the citizens of Belmont and the citizens of the world about the history of Belmont, CA. This project is under the joint control of the City of Belmont, and the Belmont Historical society.
  • History of Hollywood(98 clicks)
  • History of Orange County(103 clicks)
    History of the county by a student.
  • History of Venice, California(101 clicks)
    This interactive educational site covers the history of Venice Beach, Californa. It features timelines, historic articles and photographs, interactive maps that when clicked on show historic views, and a list of movies filmed on Venice's streets , amusement piers and canals.
  • Hollywood Bowl The(111 clicks)
    Launched in the Spring of 2004, the Holiday Bowl History Project began as a series of conversations about Los Angeles history, bowling, preservation, and the Holiday Bowl in discussion with John Guzman and Sojin Kim of the Japanese American National Museum; Alexis Moreno of the Southern California Library; Arthur Hansen and Stephanie George of the Center for Oral and Public History at California State University Fullerton, La'Tonya Rease Miles of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dace Taube of the Regional History Collection at the University of Southern California. The Holiday Bowl features significantly in the memories of those who frequented the place and there were many who were touched by it enough to share their memories here. In addition to one-on-one interviews, this Project included many shared experiences. In consultation with the amazing and inspiring La'Tonya Rease Miles, the project was launched with a Lecture Series and Walking Tour where John Arroyo, John English, Matthew Haskins, Etta Hollins, Christopher Jimenez y West, Nina Revoyr (who read from her novel Southland), Josh Sides & Michael Steiner all gave generously of their time, expertise, and support in guiding these place-based forums and exercises. This site is an invitation to explore the history of the Holiday Bowl communities through specific subjects and issues: the history of postwar Los Angeles, the building and continuing evolution of the Crenshaw, the role of sports in negotiating culture and politics, as well as looking at different models of history and community.
  • How California Became a State(110 clicks)
    The material presented at this site on California History is divided into five files, each summarized by a paragraph below. If the reader is interested in a particular aspect, click on the title of whichever paragraph covers the topic
  • In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California, 1933-1945(104 clicks)
    "This exhibit relates the story of the threat in Southern California in the 1930's and 40's, and serves as a warning that such dangers still exist in American life."
  • In Our Path(106 clicks)
    The Century Freeway in California
  • Indian Tax Rebellion of 1851(99 clicks)
    "When San Diego County officials slapped a property tax on the dirt-poor Indians of the area, the natives complied in 1850, but then trouble came a year later when Major General Joshua Bean instructed them not to pay."
  • Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA)(99 clicks)
  • Julia Morgan: Blueprint for Social Change(103 clicks)
    By Pia Lindstrom Luedtke in the Concord Review. Morgan was a pioneering woman in architecture
  • Kings County History(102 clicks)
    Located in the Great Central Valley of California
  • LA History Archive(121 clicks)
    The LA History Archive is currently under construction. Upon its public launch in August 2009, the LA History Archive will be a catalog of downloadable historical documents and a repository for educator resources. The Archive serves educators, students and the general public both in Southern California and across the globe. The LA History Archive disseminates & collects local history using a three-pronged strategy.
  • Lake County Historical Society(129 clicks)
  • Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives(103 clicks)
  • Los Angeles at Work 1920 - 1939(105 clicks)
    The rich assortment of images in this exhibit “Los Angeles At Work: 1920 -1939,” was chosen from an archive of thousands of negatives made by Chamber of Commerce photographers for its publication during those years. In the upswing economic heyday of the 1920's the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce spread the word of opportunity in the Southland. An unequaled climate, inexpensive “open shop” labor, raw materials, the Harbor - these all contribute to a successful campaign to lure Eastern manufacturers to Los Angeles. During the Depression the Chamber of Commerce sought out the persevering and the creative business people who turned misfortune into possibilities. Chamber literature encouraged local buying, improved business skills and patience through the trying times.
  • Los Angeles in the 1900s(114 clicks)
    A collection of contemporary articles, advertisements and illustrations about the City of the Angels at the turn of the last century. by George Garrigues
  • Los Angeles Time Machines(110 clicks)
  • Lost Landscapes of San Francisco(115 clicks)
  • Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 7(132 clicks)
  • New Light on the Donner Party(119 clicks)
  • One Step from the White House: The Rise and Fall of Senator William F. Knowland(160 clicks)
    Scholarly book by Gayle B. Montgomery and James W. Johnson
  • Online Archive of California(105 clicks)
    Digital library
  • Palo Alto Historical Association(136 clicks)
    The Palo Alto Historical Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to collecting, organizing, and preserving materials pertaining to the history and heritage of Palo Alto, and to spread information about Palo Alto's history by means of programs, displays, and its official publication, The Tall Tree.
  • Panama-California Exposition ~ San Diego ~ 1915-1916(113 clicks)
  • Photo Exhibits, Los Angeles Public Library(97 clicks)
  • Photographs(120 clicks)
    By Robert H. Jackson
  • Remnants of a Dream(104 clicks)
    Remnants of a Dream traces the journeys some of the relics from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) have taken since it ended more than 86 years ago. It chronicles the magnificent, slightly mad, achievements of what others have christened the “Best of the Great Expositions”.
  • San Diego History(111 clicks)
    By the San Diego Historical Society
  • San Fernando Valley History(132 clicks)
  • San Francisco After the '06 Earthquake(118 clicks)
  • San Francisco Earthquake(120 clicks)
    A Hundred Years After the Fall: Recollections of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
  • San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 1906(134 clicks)
  • Santa Barbara Earthquake History(138 clicks)
  • Santa Barbara Historic Inns(112 clicks)
    History and Points of Interest
  • Slavery and the Admission of California as a State(135 clicks)
  • Slavery and the Admission of California as a State(138 clicks)
  • Sleepy Lagoon Case(104 clicks)
    Zoot Suit. The Sleepy Lagoon Case, Constitutional Rights, and the Struggle for Democracy
  • The Chilenos in the California Gold Rush(120 clicks)
    Short article by Carlos Lopez U. on Chileans in the California Gold Rush of 1849. Chlieans played an important role. Has illustrations.
  • The Gold Rush of California: A Bibliography of Periodical Articles(105 clicks)
    by Robert L. Santos, California State University, Stanislaus, Librarian/Archivist
  • The James Capen Adams Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California(123 clicks)
  • The Kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson(100 clicks)
  • The Museum of San Francisco(121 clicks)
    Rich resource
  • The Passenger Train in the Motor Age(146 clicks)
    California’s Rail and Bus Industries, 1910–1941 by Gregory Lee Thompson
  • Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire, A(139 clicks)
    San Francisco
  • Tulare County History(128 clicks)
  • Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive(128 clicks)
    The CSULB oral history collections have been assembled from a number of sources and cover topics ranging from women's social history and ethnic studies to Long Beach Area history and the Arts in Southern California. Some of the interviews in the Asian-American, Mexican-American and women's history collections date back to 1972 and include interviews with narrators born as early as the 1860s.
  • What I Saw in California(104 clicks)
    Edwin Bryant. Includes the Donner Party
  • Willie Brown: A Biography(123 clicks)
    Scholarly book by James Richardson
  • World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area(105 clicks)