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California Historical Society

678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
California Historical Society building

California Historical Society building.

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The California Historical Society, in the South of Market neighborhod of San Francisco, California is the state's official historical society since 1979. The Society produces original exhibitions; maintains a collection of historical documents, photographs, art and other research materials; hosts educational events; and awards the annual California Historical Society Book Prize. The Society publishes California History, an academic journal, in association with the University of California Press. The collection includes 50,000 volumes of books and pamphlets; 4,000 manuscript collections; 500,000 photographs; printed ephemera, periodicals, posters, broadsides, maps, and newspapers; the Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing; 5,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, and lithographs; and numerous artifacts and costumes.

The website provides access to an online catalog of about 24,000 items from the collection.

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