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On September 9, 1850, California became the thirty-first entry into the Union. Admission Day has been observed on both the state and national stage. On September 9, 1924, President Coolidge ordered the Bear Flag flown over the White House in honor of California’s admittance to the Union. In 1976, Governor Edmund G. Brown vetoed a measure that sought to remove its observance as a state holiday. Admission Day remained an official holiday until 1984, when Governor George Deukmejian signed legislation changing its observance to a “personal” option. On September 9, 2012, the newly re-elected Governor Brown proclaimed the day a legal state holiday.
Shown here are two examples of materials held in the California Historical Society Collection. The lettersheet, Grand Admission Celebration, Portsmouth Square, Oct. 29 1850, sold by Cook & Le Count Montgomery St. (Baird-90; Charles O. Brewster papers MS 213), commemorates San Francisco’s impending celebration of California’s statehood, with San Jose as the first capitol city. The child’s cap, gift of Mrs. Marie-Desiree Curtis in 1951, was worn by a very young Mary Eliza Davis (1845–1929), the first child born in San Francisco of the newly dominant Euro-Americans, when she was “Queen of the 1850 Admission Day Parade.” Davis’s grandfather was George Yount, the first Euro-American permanent settler in Napa Valley and the namesake for the city of Yountville. A multitude of materials related to Admission Day and its subsequent anniversaries are available for access to researchers in the North Baker Research Library at the Society’s headquarters in San Francisco.
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California Past & Present(ly) Processed

Check out the groovy California Art Gallery and Museum Ephemera Collection, the newest addition to the California ephemera collections. A variety of ephemera pertaining to 1960s-era contemporary California art galleries, art museums and college art museums, the collection is comprised of advertisements, announcements, brochures, exhibition catalogs, invitations and posters promoting gallery and museum shows primarily in San Francisco, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Types of art represented include painting, photography, sculpture, ceramic and glass art, textiles and mixed media.

The twentieth century saw both a series of ambitious efforts to reimagine the city of San Francisco and the explosive growth of the Bay Area as a metropolitan region. In Unbuilt San Francisco: The View from Futures Past, the California Historical Society and SPUR present some of the most revealing episodes in these distinct but related streams of civic discourse through projects that were proposed but never realized. The exhibition opens with a celebration on September 6th and will be on display through the end of the year.
  Digitizing History: THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

Cultural institutions from around the world now have a place to share digitized images from their collections and glean information from viewer comments on Flickr Commons. Institutions that have reasonably concluded that an image is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share it on “The Commons”. The newly launched California Historical Society Digital Collection on Flickr Commons includes seventeen 19th-century certificates of residence for Chinese laborers, Alice Burr photographs of Spanish-American War troops, colorful ephemera from the ever-popular California Business Ephemera Collection, and more to come.
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