Sinsheimer Collection


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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Robert E. Kennedy Library
Sinsheimer family--History ; Merchants, Jewish--California ; San Luis Obispo (Calif.)--History ; Municipal government--California--San Luis Obispo
The Sinsheimer Collection contains 19th- and early 20th-century business, personal, and political papers of the Sinsheimers, a prominent and pioneering mercantile family of San Luis Obispo, California. Of German-Jewish extraction, Sinsheimer brothers Bernhard and Henry and half-brother A. Z. migrated to California following the Civil War, starting a general merchandise store in San Luis Obispo in 1876. One of A.Z.’s sons, Louis F. Sinsheimer, served as mayor of San Luis Obispo from 1919-1939, a period of great advances in the city’s infrastructure. Spanning four generations, this is an unusually rich collection, documenting the family’s business, political, and personal interests. The collection was donated by heirs in 1987.
Dates covered:
English, Spanish, German, Portuguese
Collection Size:
124 Paige boxes
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Citation Sample:
Sinsheimer Collection, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Collection policy:
Collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only. Collection stored remotely. Advance notice for use required.