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History & Culture

The Frank V. de Bellis Collection of the California State University

 

1: A. Scarlatti manuscript "Il Primo Omicidio"
2: Lekanis Lid, 4th-3rd BC
3: Terracotta head / Hellenistic period

 

 

Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, 6th floor
Phone: 415/338-1649
Email: debellis@sfsu.edu

Web: http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/depts/debellis.php
Hours: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment

 

The de Bellis Collection is a library museum focused on the cultures of the Italian peninsula from antiquity to the present. The cornerstone of the Collection is a selection of artifacts from ancient Italy, but it also includes medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunabula, rare books, and first editions, as well as numerous prints, scores, and archival sound recordings. The de Bellis Collection has an extensive selection of modern editions from Italian composers and literary writers, works on classical archaeology and art, books on music history, modern sound recordings, as well as the complete core of Latin authors on CD-ROM and a rare 19th century fortepiano.

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The Labor Archives and Research Center


1: Jim Harris, steel brush operator, 1940s
2: San Francisco Labor Day, 1948
3: California Aircraft Industry - Vega Aircraft Corp., 1940s

 

 

Location: 480 Winston Drive
Phone: 415/564-4010
Web: http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/depts/larc.php
Hours: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment

 

Few regions can rival the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. This history is preserved at the Labor Archives and Research Center, a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library. With its collections of local labor union files, memorabilia, oral histories, papers of individuals, photographs, and ephemera, the Center serves the academic and labor communities; researchers from the creative arts (including films, videos and museum exhibits); genealogists; and the general public seeking greater awareness of the role of working people in the history of Northern California. The Archives actively collects labor-related materials from the counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay and since 1985 has collected more than 8,000 feet of material.

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The Sutro Egyptian Collection and the Museum of Ancient Civilizations

 

 

1: Middle sarcophagus of NES-PER-N-NUB, a priest around 1000 BCE
2: Ancient model sailing boat, placed in tomb so deceased could sail the Nile
3: Crouching jackel-dog representing a god called Anubis

 

 

Location: Humanities Building, Room 510
Phone: 415/338-1500 or 405-0599 (Museum Studies Department)
Web: http://www.sfsu.edu/~museumst/sutro
Hours: During exhibits, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; other times by appointment

 

The Sutro Egyptian Collection consists of more than 700 ancient Egyptian artifacts including a unique triple-nesting sarcophagus set and a well-preserved mummy. Each year the Museum Studies exhibits class presents a public exhibition of the Collection, attracting people from throughout the Bay Area, including more than 1,000 sixth graders, who visit as part of their curriculum. Scholars can make appointments to study various aspects of this extraordinary collection of Egyptian antiquities. The Museum of Ancient Civilizations contains several collections: the Socebran Etruscan Collection, Lindgren coins, and gifts from the San Francisco Academy of Sciences.

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The University Archives

 

 

1: May Pole Dance ca. 1929
2: Administrators hurdles event, President's Day 1937
3: SF State College Student Strike 1968/1969

 

Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, 6th floor
Phone: 415/338-1856
Web: http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/depts/specialcol.php
Hours: By appointment only

 

All books in the Archives and Special Collections are listed in the general library catalog. Non-book materials are listed in special catalogs and are available through the special collections department. Certain library collections are not currently accessible: Guitar, Patchwork, VideoWest, the Paul Bentley Moving Image Study Collection, Berkeley in the 60s and Selected Newsreels 1937-1948.

 

The University Archives collects, preserves and creates access for materials relating to the historical development of the campus. It includes the archives of the University Library, as well as selected records created by University officials, faculty and departments; artifacts, awards and plaques; campus periodicals and a sampling of publications; administrative, admissions and enrollment statistics, as well as the records of events and organizations that reflect the growth and development of campus life. Several distinctive collections include the San Francisco State College Strike Materials Collection, informal oral histories about campus life and biographical material on selected individuals in the campus community.

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The Special Collections Department

 

1: Photographic prints collection from the 60's
2: Historic children's book
3: Handmade artist book

 

 

Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, 6th floor
Phone: 415/338-1856
Web: http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/depts/specialcol.php
Hours: By appointment only

 

All books in the Archives and Special Collections are listed in the general library catalog. Non-book materials are listed in special catalogs and are available through the special collections department. Certain library collections are not currently accessible: Guitar, Patchwork, VideoWest, the Paul Bentley Moving Image Study Collection, Berkeley in the 60s and Selected Newsreels 1937-1948.

 

The Special Collections Department houses the University’s collection of rare and valuable books, special format materials, prints and photographs, fine art collections, and ephemera. The collection includes books on San Francisco history, folios, artists books, Bay Area poetry, and the Marguerite Archer Collection of Historic Children's Materials. The Fine Art Collection consists of more than 800 works, primarily prints, from the 19th and 20th centuries. Included are original works by French painter and muralist Simon Pelenc, as well as fine art posters published by the Galerie Maeght of Paris and the John Magnani collection of textiles and crafts.

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The Zooarcheology Collection

 

1: elk skull
2: two femur bones: one of a racoon and one of an elk
3: heart cockel shell, rock shell and California mussel

 

 

Location: Old Science 271
Phone: 415/338-2046 (Anthropology Department)
Hours: By appointment only

 

The Zooarcheology Collection is a growing collection of over 1,000 specimens under the aegis of the Archeology Program in the Department of Anthropology. The focus is on fauna in an archeological context. Animal bones in relationship to past human cultures can tell us a great deal about a culture: what they were eating, what time of year they were inhabiting certain areas, which animal bones they used for tools, which animals they considered sacred, etc. Samples are primarily from the Bay Area and California but examples from other countries are included as well.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive

 

1. Magnetic blank recording film of varying colors
2. An image from the early days of film making at SFSU
3. RTI CineScan machine for viewing film

 

 

Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, 6th floor
Phone: 415/338-1856
Web: http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/collections/sfbatv/index.php
Hours: By appointment only

 

The San Francisco Bay Area Television Archives (SFBATA) is a collection of moving image materials including local news film and selected documentaries and programs. Specific collections include the KQED film archives, the CBS 5 (formerly KPIX) film library and Emmy-Award winning programs from the San Francisco/Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The collections portray daily life, history, culture and events in the greater San Francisco Bay Area from the early 1960s to 1980. Most of the local news footage consists of unedited outtakes and trims, rather than completed programs.

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