CSU Directory of Special Collections http://dsc.calstate.edu/rss Collections recently added to the CSU Directory of Special Collections dwalker@calstate.edu eng John LeBaron Photograph Collection Sonoma State University. The John LeBaron Photograph Collection, dating from 1950 through 2014, includes photographic negatives and prints from his work as a documentary photographer, recording regional and national history with his keen eye and artistic perspective. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3531 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3531 California Folklore Miscellany Sonoma State University. The collection is comprised of 42 volumes and 8 microfilm reels of material documenting various aspects of North Bay history, with a focus on beliefs, customs & folkways; place names & folk speech; historical characters, outlaws, miners, and lumbermen; legends, tales & anecdotes; pioneer stories and personal reminiscences; and children's lore and folklore in the schools. The majority of the materials were gathered or created by Dr. Lee’s students, and other interested parties, in the American and California folklore classes at Sonoma State University. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3530 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3530 C.O.A.A.S.T Scrapbook Collection Sonoma State University. Compilation of meeting minutes, news items, correspondence, newsletters, and documents created or collected by Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands (C.O.A.A.S.T.) from 1968-1972. Materials cover California coastal access, coastal development, and legislation. http://dsc.calstate.edu/2002 http://dsc.calstate.edu/2002 Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers Sonoma State University. The Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers, dating from the 1960s through the 2000s, include correspondence, government documents, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, fliers and ephemera on various county, state, and national environmental issues. Bill Kortum was a longtime Sonoma County environmental activist involved in many of California's most important land-use campaigns. A veterinarian specializing in dairy cows, he was well acquainted with the county's rural and coastal agricultural open spaces and determined to save them. Dr. Kortum worked to pass Proposition 20, a measure that established the California Coastal Commission. He advocated through public office (Petaluma School Board, Democratic Central Committee, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors), though he and another Supervisor were later recalled during county turmoil over a building moratorium and property taxes. Nevertheless, the policies he advocated were ultimately adopted countywide. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3502 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3502 Brenda Starr Comic Collection Sonoma State University. Brenda Starr, Reporter debuted on June 30, 1940 in the Chicago Tribune. The strip became a daily feature in October 1945. Brenda Starr was created by Dale Messick, one of the few female cartoonists of her time. Ms. Messick continued drawing Brenda Starr for over forty years. Ms. Messick died in Sonoma County in 2005. http://dsc.calstate.edu/1322 http://dsc.calstate.edu/1322 Sonoma County Highways Collection Sonoma State University. These right-of-way appraisal files were developed by the California Highway Commission (CalTrans) to document the right-of-way access needed to build Highway 101 through Sonoma County. Also included are some files for Highways 12, 116 and 1. Dates range from 1940s to 1970s. These files document an important milestone in the history of Sonoma County, the creation of Highway 101, which transects the county south to north. The files include appraisals, photographs of properties, comparable property reports, economic and development appraisals, correspondence, reports, and detailed maps. The photographs provide valuable historic detail of architectural styles, automobiles, gardens, and scenes of parts of Sonoma County prior to development. The appraisal notes and reports are rich with detail and commentary on economic conditions, development plans, the impact of historic events, and the diverse inhabitants of these properties. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3529 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3529 Simmons / Banta Photograph Collection Sonoma State University. The collection is comprised of approximately 120 photographs depicting members of the Simmons family of Sonoma and Riverside counties and the Banta family of Riverside County, California. The photographs were first donated to the San Diego Genealogical Society by the estate of Edna Banta Munford. The Society then donated them to Sonoma State University Library. Other surnames included in the collection are Dodge, Munford, Phinney, Harve, and Wyatt. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3202 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3202 Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collection Sonoma State University. Photographs of lime kiln ruins in northern and central California, documenting a critical 19th century industry producing lime for the construction of cities in the area. The collection includes 16 photographs (16 X 20 in.) and text documents by the photographer on the history, significance, and environmental impact of the region's lime kiln industry. The photographer and donor, David Dawson, provides technical information about the photographic process used to prepare the prints. http://dsc.calstate.edu/322 http://dsc.calstate.edu/322 Modini Ranch Journals, 1935-2005 Sonoma State University. James (Jim) and Shirley Modini, Sonoma County natives, lived at Pine Flat Road Ranch from World War II until their deaths, his in 2011 and hers in 2012. In 2000, the Modinis worked with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to designate their land as “forever wild”. In 2009, the Modinis donated the property to Audubon Canyon Ranch, a land conservation group that manages preserves in Sonoma and Marin counties. Jim and Shirley Modini documented ranch life in northern California for almost 70 years (gaps). http://dsc.calstate.edu/3451 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3451 Roy Maxwell Talbot Papers Sonoma State University. Roy Maxwell Talbot (1880-1963) began his career in the Chinese Maritime Customs in 1908. He served as Commissioner of Customs from 1935 until 1938, when he became Audit Secretary in the Inspectorate General's Office. He was in that position until 1942. In July of 1932, Talbot was arrested by Japanese officials in Antung, Manchuria for refusing to hand over the Chinese customs revenues. In 1941, he was held in the Bridge House, an infamous dungeon, for forty-two days. Talbot's detention by the Japanese created an international incident. Newspapers around the world carried headlines of an arrest of an American employed by the Chinese. http://dsc.calstate.edu/583 http://dsc.calstate.edu/583 Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection Sonoma State University. The Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection contains over 700 citations to documents involving early Finley families in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and California along with a number of collateral lines. These documents, all in transcribed form and many with copies of the original documents, include deeds, court records, tax and census records, marriage and other vital records, as well as some extensive probate records, and abstracts taken from standard sources, correspondence, and other family history documentation. http://dsc.calstate.edu/1642 http://dsc.calstate.edu/1642 Student Dissent Papers Sonoma State University. The Student Dissent papers are a collection of materials from the library’s former pamphlet file documenting student dissent throughout the United States during the 1960s and early 1970s. The papers include original writings, reprinted journal articles, pamphlets, and bibliographies on student dissent and the antiwar movement. http://dsc.calstate.edu/2882 http://dsc.calstate.edu/2882 North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection Sonoma State University. The images in the North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection constitute an important chronicle of local buildings and represent a significant piece of the region's social, cultural, and anthropological history dating from the mid-1800s. The majority of photographs were taken in the 1970s by Sonoma State University students enrolled in the Historic Preservation Program, part of Sonoma State University's History Department. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3402 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3402 Leopold Justi Papers Sonoma State University. Leopold Justi (1864-1946), a longtime resident of Glen Ellen, was a farmer, a winemaker, a justice of the peace and an insurance agent. He achieved recognition in each of his endeavors. As a farmer and winemaker, he helped develop a phylloxera resistant grapevine. As a justice of the peace, he was known as the marrying magistrate, because of the many wedding ceremonies he performed. As an insurance agent, he served clients such as Eliza Shepard, Jack London's step-sister, and Charmian London, Jack London's wife. http://dsc.calstate.edu/542 http://dsc.calstate.edu/542 English Chapbook Collection Sonoma State University. This collection is comprised of original chapbooks from England published in the nineteenth century. These chapbooks include song books, lesson books, fortune telling guides, natural histories, histories, and other ephemera. The term “chapbook” was first used in 1824, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, and is used to represent a genre of small, usually pocket-sized booklets. The genre encompasses many kinds of printed material, including pamphlets, tracts, nursery rhymes, songs, and folk tales. http://dsc.calstate.edu/1002 http://dsc.calstate.edu/1002 North Coast Farmer Archive Sonoma State University. Formerly the Sonoma Marin Farmer, the newspaper North Coast Farmer was published from July 1988 to January 1991, covering news of agricultural interest in Sonoma and Marin counties. First associated with the Sonoma Marin Farm Bureau, it was then published independently. The office files of the North Coast Farmer are arranged in 9 series; reference, advertisement art, advertisement, news archive, printed copy, financial records, correspondence, contracts and photographs. http://dsc.calstate.edu/2226 http://dsc.calstate.edu/2226 George E. McCabe Papers Sonoma State University. Considered one of the founding fathers of Sonoma State University, George E. McCabe was chair of the Education and Psychology Division. His commitments extended to national and state commissions, civil rights activism, and politics. The collection is comprised of papers related to the university and other professional endeavors, including McCabe’s doctoral thesis, speeches, editorials, educational materials, and case studies. Documentation related to a McCabe's 1964 political campaign for a Congressional seat is included. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3242 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3242 Ernest Hemingway Letters Sonoma State University. Denne Petitclerc met Ernest Hemingway while Peticlerc was working as a reporter for a Miami, Florida newspaper. Four personal letters from Hemingway were donated to the Ruben Salazar Library in 1969 by Petitclerc. They are from a correspondence Petitclerc held with Hemingway in the late 1950s. The four letters, written from Europe and Cuba on hotel stationary, are replies to previous letters from Petitclerc. http://dsc.calstate.edu/341 http://dsc.calstate.edu/341 Dust Bowl Migration Archive Sonoma State University. Concerned that the history of the migration of 350,000 Okies to California would be lost, Gerald Haslam, Professor of English, established the Okie Studies Project. Included are examples of the work of Charles L. Todd, a librarian in the U.S. National Archives, who collected camp songs to add to the folk music collection of the National Archives. The name of the collection was changed to the Dust Bowl Migration Archive in January, 2008. A subset of the collection was added in 2016 with the donation of the David Kinkead materials, donated by Kinkead’s daughter, B.J. Blanchard. These materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, government documents, and a personal journal. http://dsc.calstate.edu/683 http://dsc.calstate.edu/683 Iva Warner Papers Sonoma State University. Balancing an integrated program to maintain environmental quality along Coastal California, Iva May Warner has faced nearly insurmountable odds for over a decade. Joining two former Feinstone Award (the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award, given by State University of New York) recipients, the late Dorothy Erskine of San Francisco and Sylvia McLaughlin of Berkeley, she opposed a dam on the Russian River, mustering expert testimony on engineering, geology, earthquake analysis, biology and stream degradation from some 200 citizen volunteers. Even though the Warm Springs Dam is being built today, a number of modifications were effected that provide safety features and ameliorate environmental degradation. Warner was prominent in the effort to form the state Coastal Commission to protect the coastline from over-development, and the succeeding Coastal Act of 1976, both of which have had significant results. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3122 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3122