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Books, manuscripts, and other printed materials

Search online catalogs: OskiCat and MELVYL

  • Search by personal name, family name, corporate name
  • Sample subject headings for general works:

    • California--Biography--Indexes

    • California--Genealogy

    • California--Genealogy--Bibliography

    • California--Genealogy--Indexes

    • Mexican Americans--California--Genealogy

    • Registers of births, etc.--California

Analytic Index to principle correspondents in manuscript collections

Manuscripts finding aids: hard copy and finding aids online

Oral histories

Photographs: Index card files: PORTRAIT

Bancroft Information File
The Information File is an index (by name or subject) to some of Bancroft's older printed resources. It includes citations to biographies in some county histories, obituaries, magazine articles, and some manuscripts. Card file in the reading room.

California Information File, 1846-1985
The California information file contains citations to information relating to California found in the resource collections of the California State Library. 550 microfiches (Reading Room: Table 8). See also Users' Guide, by Richard Terry (20 pp.), has call no.: Reference Counter Microfiche 645 Guide (Reading Room: Table 8).

Microfilm
Census records; parish archives; DAR abstracts of vital records; etc.


Newspaper and periodical indexes for California

San Francisco Newspapers Index
San Francisco Chronicle Index
San Francisco Call Index
San Francisco Bulletin Index
California News Index
Los Angeles Times Index
California Historical Society Quarterly
California Historical Quarterly
California Periodicals Index

See Periodical Room, 132 Main Library for newpapers on microfilm


San Francisco Newspapers Index : 1904-1959
California Section, California State Library. 699 microfiches

List of headings: microfiches 1-4.
Index to:

  • San Francisco Call (January 1, 1904 - August 31, 1913)

  • San Francisco Examiner (September 1, 1913 - September 23, 1928)

  • San Francisco Chronicle (September 1, 1913 - December 31, 1949)

News/Micro: MICROFICHE.10904
Bancroft: Microfiche 650 (Reading Room: Table 8)

Note: Users' guide, in portfolio, has call no.:
Reference Counter Microfiche 650 Guide (Table 8)


San Francisco Chronicle Index : 1950-1980
California Section, California State Library. 277 microfiches

List of headings: microfiches 1-4.
Continues the index for the years 1913-1949
(see San Francisco Newspapers Index).

News/Micro: MICROFICHE.10503
Bancroft: Microfiche 649 (Reading Room: Table 8)

Note: Users' guide to the San Francisco Chronicle index housed at Reference Counter with call no.:
Reference Counter Microfiche 649 Guide (Table 8)


San Francisco Call Index (1894-1903)

Index is on three separate reels.
Contents:

  • 1894-1898 (v. 1-3)
  • 1899-1903 (v. 1-2)

News/Micro: FILM-N


San Francisco Bulletin Index, 1855-1872

Bancroft: Heller Reading Room: card file; 4 drawers


California News Index

Claremont, Calif. : Center for California Public Affairs, 1970-1975.

Bancroft: F866.C244
News/Micro: AJ3.C16


Los Angeles Times Index, 1972-

News/Micro: AJ21.L65.N4


California Historical Society Quarterly

San Francisco, California Historical Society
Continued by: California Historical Quarterly

California Historical Quarterly

Continues: California Historical Society Quarterly
Continued by: California History

Bancroft: F856.C257 Reference
Library has: INDEXES: v.1-40, v.6-27, v.41-54


California Periodicals Index

[Mankato, Minn. : Gabriel Micrographics, 1977?]

Main Stack: F856.A12.C2
Library has: BOUND 1978(1)-1988(11), 1991(14)-1992(15)

Bancroft: Z1223.5.C2.C38
Library has: BOUND 1(1978)-12(1989)


Handbooks, manuals, and general indexes

California Biographical Dictionary: People of All Times and Places Who Have Been Important to the History and Life of the State. 2nd ed. New York : Somerset, 1994.
Bancroft: T225.C35 1994 Reference

Sanders, Patricia. Searching in California: A Reference Guide to Public and Private Records. Costa Mesa, CA: ISC Publications, c1982.
Bancroft: F860.S36 1982
Main Stack: F860.S36 1982

Hill, Barbara Lee. Genealogy: A Guide to the UC Berkeley Library. Berkeley, CA: The Library Associates, The General Library. University of California, Berkeley, 1984.
Bancroft: Z5313.U5.H54 1984 - Reference Desk
Ref/Bibliog: CS47 H5 1984 - Desk

Local History and Genealogy Resources of the California State Library. Revised edition. Edited by Gary E. Strong. Sacramento, Calif.: California State Library Foundation, c1991.
Bancroft: F860.L68 1991 - Reference

California State Archives. Genealogical Research in the California State Archives. Sacramento, Calif. [1969]
Bancroft: CD3114.C3
Main Stack: CD3114.C3

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. California Pioneer Register and Index, 1542-1848. Including Inhabitants of California, 1769-1800, and List of Pioneers. Baltimore, Regional Pub. Co., 1964.
Notes: Extracted from the author's History of California.
Bancroft: F860.B22 1964 - Reference

Northrop, Marie E. Spanish-Mexican families of early California, 1769-1850. 1st ed. Burbank, Calif.: Southern California Genealogical Society, 1976-1984. 2 v.
Notes: Vol. 1: The selected families are those from Thomas Workman Temple's "Genealogical tables of Spanish and Mexican families of California," (Bancroft Library, Berkeley, California).
Bancroft: F860.N585 - Reference

Parker, J. Carlyle. An Index to the Biographies in 19th Century California County Histories. Detroit: Gale Research Co., c1979.
Notes: Also a good source for bibliography of early California county histories.
Bancroft: F860.P1355 - Reference
Ref/Bibliog: F860.P28 - Biographies

Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940 / by Edan Milton Hughes. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA : Hughes Pub. Co., c1989.
Bancroft: N6530.C2.H81 1989 - Reference
Ref/Bibliog: N6530.C2.H81 1989 - Biographies


Other libraries

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 357-1848 (Library: ext 20)
Wednesdays, by appointment only

Society of California Pioneers
P.O. Box 191850
San Francisco, CA 94119-1850
(415) 957-1849
Location: 1 Hawthorne St., 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Call for access information

San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco History Center
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567

Oakland Public Library
Oakland History Room
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 273-3222

California State Library
Sutro Library
480 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 731-4477
At San Francisco State University; emphasis on genealogy

Judah L. Magnes Museum
Western Jewish History Center
2911 Russell Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
(415) 849-2710 or 2712
Monday - Thursday, 12-4, and by appointment

California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-4293

California State Library
California Section
900 N Street, Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0176

San Francisco State University
Labor Archives and Research Center
480 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 564-4010

Oakland Family History Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 531-3905

Contra County History Center
1700 Oak Park Blvd., Room C-5
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(510) 939-9180
Fax (510) 939-4832


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