THE CALIFORNIA CURRENT E-NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2013
CLIO MUSES ON MAYORAL MATTERS
Mayor Rolph
Mayors and mayoral candidates have been much in the news this summer and not for reasons that would instill pride and confidence in a benevolent leader. Though corruption and misogynistic antics within political administrations have been around for ages, the advance in technology has accelerated the speed at which they become public record. particularly via the internet and social media. 
 
A unique and unrivaled manuscript collection of the California Historical Society, the James Rolph, Jr. Papers, is a product of Rolph’s unprecedented two decade long term as San Francisco’s mayor from 1912 to 1931. Its contents reveal the process of growth and change over two extremely eventful decades during which Rolph led an ambitious program of civic reconstruction following the destruction of the 1906 earthquake and fire. Available to scholars for research, the collection offers an enticing look into the daily workings of an administration struggling to rebuild the city’s infrastructure, eliminate corruption, and cope with the devastations of World War I and the influenza epidemic of 1918. 
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California Past & Present(ly) Processed

The land use and development items in the CHS Collection—including maps, business records, and photographs of logging and mining activities—document water use, agriculture, conservation, and the state's changing landscape. Architect M.G. Bugbee's 1921 notebook, A Tube across the Golden Gate, is a wonderful example of such splendid matter, with graceful sketches accompanied by handwritten technical notes.


 
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California is known as the land of promise and opportunity, and even a 90-year-old academic journal can live that Californian dream. Last month, the California Historical Society and the University of California Press co-published CHS's final issue of California History (volume 90, number 2). UC Press will continue to publish the journal under its own masthead beginning with its first issue this fall. The online version of the current issue is available now to flip through at your leisure.
 
  Digitizing History: city structures

In anticipation of the Unbuilt San Francisco and Never Built Los Angeles exhibitions premiering in California this year, take a peek at this 8mm film footage—shot sometime between 1925 and 1935—of structures up and down the Golden State. From San Francisco’s Bay Bridge and Coit Tower, to southern California’s Colorado Street Bridge and Hotel Riverside, and through highway tunnels, this fascinating reel includes city and government buildings as yet unidentified. There is sure to be a structure you recognize as it stands now or as it once was.
 
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