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  • Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 6(89 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(116 clicks)
  • A Description of the Recently Discovered Petroleum Region in California: With a Report on the Same(88 clicks)
  • A Drive Through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles, ca. 1940s(127 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(105 clicks)
  • A Visit to Old Los Angeles and Environs(102 clicks)
    by Brent C. Dickerson
  • After Earthquake and Fire(102 clicks)
    San Francisco, 1906
  • Annotated Links to Website Related to Califorina Missions(84 clicks)
    A very large list worth pursuing.
  • Border Correspondent: Selected Writings, 1955-1970(133 clicks)
    Ruben Salazar essays
  • Bridging San Francisco Bay (ca. 1937)(105 clicks)
  • California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties(89 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(93 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(103 clicks)
  • California History Guide(105 clicks)
    Educational guide
  • California Military Museum(125 clicks)
    California has a long military history as this museum shows.
  • California Military Museum(84 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(84 clicks)
  • California Missions Slide Show(92 clicks)
    Professor Robert Jackson's PowerPoint presentation on California missions, Part II.
  • California Missions Studies Association(103 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(105 clicks)
    Professor Robert Jackson's PowerPoint presentation on California missions, Part I.
  • California of the Past(107 clicks)
    Digital stories
  • California Rails(113 clicks)
  • California State Archives(108 clicks)
  • California Views(111 clicks)
    Pat Hathaway Collection
  • California's Spiritual Frontiers: Religious Alternatives in Anglo-Protestantism, 1850-1910(100 clicks)
    Scholarly book by Sandra Sizer Frankiel.
  • Civil Rights Suite(86 clicks)
    Chinese of California
  • Crossing the Frontier(82 clicks)
    More than 50 images of the American West dating from 1849 to the present.
  • Drowning of José Maria Sánchez & conspiracy(96 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(97 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(104 clicks)
  • Five Views(101 clicks)
    An ethnic historic survey site of California.
  • Gold Rush(101 clicks)
  • Gold Rush(128 clicks)
  • Gold Rush(87 clicks)
  • Gold Rush of California: A Bibliography of Periodical Articles(102 clicks)
  • Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories(118 clicks)
    From the Oakland Museum of California.
  • Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906(102 clicks)
    The San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection contains over 1,700 digitized images of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
  • H-California(95 clicks)
    The study of California. H-Net site.
  • Henry E. Huntington and the Creation of Southern California(109 clicks)
    William B. Friedricks book.
  • History of Belmont, California(95 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(85 clicks)
  • History of Orange County(91 clicks)
    History of the county by a student.
  • History of Venice, California(84 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(90 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(83 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(85 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(88 clicks)
    The Century Freeway in California
  • Indian Tax Rebellion of 1851(81 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)(83 clicks)
  • Julia Morgan: Blueprint for Social Change(85 clicks)
    By Pia Lindstrom Luedtke in the Concord Review. Morgan was a pioneering woman in architecture
  • Kings County History(80 clicks)
    Located in the Great Central Valley of California
  • LA History Archive(100 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(111 clicks)
  • Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives(86 clicks)
  • Los Angeles at Work 1920 - 1939(87 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(93 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(89 clicks)
  • Lost Landscapes of San Francisco(94 clicks)
  • Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 7(115 clicks)
  • New Light on the Donner Party(101 clicks)
  • One Step from the White House: The Rise and Fall of Senator William F. Knowland(134 clicks)
    Scholarly book by Gayle B. Montgomery and James W. Johnson
  • Online Archive of California(86 clicks)
    Digital library
  • Palo Alto Historical Association(118 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(92 clicks)
  • Photo Exhibits, Los Angeles Public Library(78 clicks)
  • Photographs(96 clicks)
    By Robert H. Jackson
  • Remnants of a Dream(84 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(93 clicks)
    By the San Diego Historical Society
  • San Fernando Valley History(114 clicks)
  • San Francisco After the '06 Earthquake(97 clicks)
  • San Francisco Earthquake(99 clicks)
    A Hundred Years After the Fall: Recollections of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
  • San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 1906(116 clicks)
  • Santa Barbara Earthquake History(111 clicks)
  • Santa Barbara Historic Inns(92 clicks)
    History and Points of Interest
  • Slavery and the Admission of California as a State(114 clicks)
  • Slavery and the Admission of California as a State(102 clicks)
  • Sleepy Lagoon Case(86 clicks)
    Zoot Suit. The Sleepy Lagoon Case, Constitutional Rights, and the Struggle for Democracy
  • The Chilenos in the California Gold Rush(104 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(87 clicks)
    by Robert L. Santos, California State University, Stanislaus, Librarian/Archivist
  • The James Capen Adams Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter of California(107 clicks)
  • The Kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson(81 clicks)
  • The Museum of San Francisco(105 clicks)
    Rich resource
  • The Passenger Train in the Motor Age(124 clicks)
    California’s Rail and Bus Industries, 1910–1941 by Gregory Lee Thompson
  • Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire, A(118 clicks)
    San Francisco
  • Tulare County History(110 clicks)
  • Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive(106 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(84 clicks)
    Edwin Bryant. Includes the Donner Party
  • Willie Brown: A Biography(105 clicks)
    Scholarly book by James Richardson
  • World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area(88 clicks)