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 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 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 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 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 Nakata and Stevens Papers Sonoma State University. The Nakata and Stevens papers date from 1938. The key item within the collection is an original manuscript titled “A Hero to His Valet” by Yoshimatsu Nakata, transcribed by Barry Fox Stevens. From 1907 to 1915, Jack London and his wife, Charmian, employed Nakata as their valet. In the 1930’s, Stevens, a psychologist and author, met Nakata in Hawaii, where he was practicing dentistry. She worked with him to document his recollections of the Londons. The manuscript was sent to Charmian London and returned with margin notes and suggested changes. After the death of Barry Fox Stevens, this version of the manuscript was stored in an attic and eventually discovered by her family. The article was published posthumously in 2000 in the Jack London Journal. The Nakata and Stevens papers include drafts of the final article. Also included are papers relating to the publication of the article and copies of some of Nakata's personal photographs. http://dsc.calstate.edu/1462 http://dsc.calstate.edu/1462 Walt Phillips Small Press Collection Sonoma State University. Walt Phillips, a former newspaper journalist, photographer, and columnist has created hundreds of poems and drawings since 1959. His work has appeared in many publications, including The Massachusetts Review; Prairie Schooner; Yellow Brick Road; Pearl; Wormwood Review; and Chiron Review. Copies of the issues of these and many other journals in which his work was published are now housed in the North Bay Regional and Special Collections. Mr. Philips currently resides in the north San Francisco Bay Area of California. http://dsc.calstate.edu/582 http://dsc.calstate.edu/582 Indochinese Cultures Project Sonoma State University. The Library and the Extended Education Program at Sonoma State University were awarded a grant in 1983 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for an Indochinese Cultures Project focusing on the diverse peoples and cultures of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The original project organized five conferences in Northern California and a photograph collection. http://dsc.calstate.edu/522 http://dsc.calstate.edu/522 Ruben Salazar Collection Sonoma State University. In 1979 the new library at Sonoma State University was named after Mexican-American journalist Rubén Salazar. Clippings of articles written by him during the 1950s and ‘60s for the local newspaper, The Press Democrat, were compiled and became the root of this collection. Salazar’s wife, Sally, who attended the Library dedication with her children, donated copies of photographs of Rubén. Materials about the SSU Library dedication are also included in the collection, as well as materials relating to the addition of the 500,000th book to the library collection—Border Correspondent: selected writings, 1955-1970, edited by Mario T. García. Since then, the collection has expanded to include articles about his death during a demonstration in Los Angeles and media. http://dsc.calstate.edu/842 http://dsc.calstate.edu/842 Windsor Project Oral Histories Sonoma State University. Research materials of the 1979 Windsor Junior High School project to gather oral histories of longtime Windsor residents. Includes fifty cassette tapes, most of which are transcribed. http://dsc.calstate.edu/3222 http://dsc.calstate.edu/3222