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California Business Ephemera Collection
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Ephemera Collections
  • Additions to the Collection
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
    Title: California business ephemera collection
    Identifier/Call Number: BUS EPH
    Physical Description: 78.5 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1849-2000
    Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: Consists of a variety of ephemera pertaining to California businesses, mainly from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with large portions from Sacramento, Stockton, and Los Angeles. The bulk of the material dates from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century. Businesses range from major companies to small enterprises. Types of business represented include: mining, manufacturing, financial, utilities, import, transportation, travel, restaurants, and retail. Contains ephemera related to many aspects of business, including: advertisements, promotional and sales material, manufacturers sales catalogs, brochures, trade cards, forms, business cards, annual reports, stock certificates, theatrical playbills, travel guides, menus, tickets, invitations, newsletters, directories, receipts, letterhead, newspaper clippings and magazine articles.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [File name], California Business Ephemera Collection, California Historical Society.

    Related Ephemera Collections

    Biography Collection
    California Biography Collection
    California Ephemera Collection
    San Francisco Ephemera Collection
    Menu Collection
    Theater Ephemera Collection

    Additions to the Collection

    Additions to the collection are ongoing.

    Processing Information

    Processed by California Ephemera Project staff, funded by a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, in 2009-2010.

    Arrangement

    Collection is arranged alphabetically.

    Scope and Contents

    Consists of a variety of ephemera pertaining to California businesses, mainly from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with large portions from Sacramento, Stockton, and Los Angeles. The bulk of the material dates from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century. Businesses range from major companies to small enterprises. Types of business represented include: mining, manufacturing, financial, utilities, import, transportation, travel, restaurants, and retail. There are significant holdings for longstanding businesses, including Gump's, Emporium, Orpheum Theatre, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Palace Hotel, Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and Standard Oil Company.
    Contains ephemera related to many aspects of business, including: advertisements, promotional and sales material, manufacturers sales catalogs, brochures, trade cards, forms, business cards, annual reports, stock certificates, theatrical playbills, travel guides, menus, tickets, invitations, newsletters, directories, receipts, letterhead, newspaper clippings and magazine articles.
    Individual ephemera files can contain a single item or more extensive amounts of material, ranging from commercial print material to handwritten documents.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Advertisements.
    Annual reports.
    Brochures.
    Business cards.
    Business enterprises--California--Los Angeles.
    Business enterprises--California--Sacramento.
    Business enterprises--California--San Francisco.
    Business enterprises--California--Stockton.
    Business enterprises--California.
    Business records.
    California Ephemera Project.
    Clippings.
    Companies.
    Company stores.
    Invitations.
    Letterheads.
    Manufacturer's catalogs.
    Menus.
    Newsletters.
    Playbills.
    Promotional materials.
    Receipts (financial records)
    Small business--California--San Francisco.
    Small business--California.
    Stock certificates.
    Tickets.
    Trade cards.
    Travel guidebooks.