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Inventory of the William H. Birdsall Collection
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  • Title: William H. Birdsall Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1949-1964
    Collection number: P 116
    Creator: Birdsall, William H.
    Extent: 1 linear ft., including 30 photographs
    Repository: Roseville Public Library History Collection
    Roseville, California
    Abstract: William Henry Birdsall was born on July 28, 1909 in Imlay, Nevada to Fred R. Birdsall and Jennie L. Peterson. Birdsall served on the City of Roseville Library Board from 1951 to 1976 as President, Secretary, and board member. He also acted and directed local theater groups. He joined the board of the Roseville Little Theatre Guild as Secretary soon after the non-profit theater group organized under the sponsorship of the City of Roseville Recreation Department in October 1948. The William H. Birdsall Collection is arranged in six series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Diaries, 3. Publications, 4. Ephemera, 5. Cartographic Documents, and 6. Photographic Material. Items span the years 1949-1964.
    Physical location: Roseville Public Library
    Languages: Languages represented in this collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please consult Roseville Public Library History Collection staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the Roseville Public Library History Collection, Roseville, as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the Roseville Public Library History Collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William H. Birdsall Collection, P 116: [box: folder number], Roseville Public Library, History Collection, Roseville, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The executors of the William H. Birdsall estate donated this collection in 1989.

    Processing History

    Lola Aguilar processed this collection and created its finding aid in 2008.

    Biographical History

    William Henry Birdsall was born on July 28, 1909 in Imlay, Nevada to Fred R. Birdsall and Jennie L. Peterson. Both parents were born in Iowa in 1876 and were married there in 1899. The family moved to Nevada when Fred started working first as a fireman, and then as an engineer for the railroad. William was the youngest of four Birdsall children, which included Fred L., Alice, and Flora.
    By 1930, Birdsall worked for the railroad in Carlin, Nevada, where he lived as head of the household with his by then divorced mother and older brother Fred. Accompanied by his mother, he moved to Roseville in 1942 to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company as a train master's clerk. He joined the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks No. 298 and continued working for the railroad until his retirement in 1972.
    An active member of the community, Birdsall served on the City of Roseville Library Board from 1951 to 1976 as President, Secretary, and board member. He also acted and directed local theater groups. He joined the board of the Roseville Little Theatre Guild as Secretary soon after the non-profit theater group organized under the sponsorship of the City of Roseville Recreation Department in October 1948. Their first play, "Her Step-Husband", opened in January 1949. From the start, Birdsall filled any job that was necessary for a successful production, from set design to acting. After the Spotliters, Inc. organized in 1950, Birdsall worked for Roseville's newest theater group as assistant director, business manager, actor, and program designer.
    Wiiliam H. Birdsall lived alone at his home on 621 Lincoln Street after his mother's death on January 2, 1962. He died on August 15, 1988 at Roseville Hospital and was buried at the Roseville Cemetery.

    Scope and Content

    The William H. Birdsall Collection is arranged in six series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Diaries, 3. Publications, 4. Ephemera, 5. Cartographic Documents, and 6. Photographic Material. Items span the years 1949-1964.
    The first series, Correspondence, consists of one file folder and is arranged chronologically. Items include one postcard and two letters from Birdsall's family members. The second series, Diaries, consists of one file folder and includes Birdsall's undated address book. Series 3, Publications, consists of one file folder and is divided into news releases and news clippings, each arranged chronologically.
    The fourth series, Ephemera, consists of one file folder and is arranged chronologically. Items include theater programs and brochures from local theater groups. Series 5, Cartographic Documents, consists of one file folder and includes one city map. The last series, Photographic Material, consists of thirty photographs. Birdsall's personal photographs are arranged first, followed by theater production photographs. Both groups are arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Birdsall, William H.
    Roseville (Calif.)
    Roseville (Calif.)--History
    Roseville Little Theater
    Spot Liters, Inc.

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    City of Roseville Library Board of Trustees Collection LG 203