Guide to the Library-Courts Building Collection, 1910-1930

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California History Room
California State Library
Library and Courts Building II
900 N. Street, Room 200
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, California 94237-0001
Phone: (916) 654-0176
Fax: (916) 654-8777
Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
© 1999
California State Library. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Library-Courts Building Collection, 1910-1930



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Library-Courts Building Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1910-1930
Box Number: 1130-1132
Collector: California State Library
Extent: 3 boxes
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions of Use

Please credit California State Library.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Library-Courts Building Collection, California State Library.

Access Points

Architecture
State Library-Courts Building (Sacramento, Calif.)
Library buildings--California--Sacramento

Contents

Correspondence, blueprints, contracts, photographs, reports, specifications.

History

The early years of the twentieth century saw a continuing growth of the collections and services of the California State Library as well as most other branches of government. Space in the State Capital Building was no longer sufficient and the need for a new building to house the State Library and Courts became manifest. First bonds, $3,000,000 for a new building were voted and approved by the electorate in November of 1917, the City of Sacramento gave title to two blocks bounded by L and N, Ninth and Tenth, as the site for the new state building. Competition to select an architect resulted in the choice of Weeks and Day of San Francisco.
War delayed construction, however, ground was broken in March 1922, and the cornerstone of the State Library-Courts Building laid by March, 1924. Increases in the cost of building required another bond issue of $1,250,000 which voters approved in November, 1926. The building was completed in 1928 and the State Library moved into its new quarters during the summer.

Correspondents

  • Gillis, James I.
  • Ferguson, Milton James, 1879-

Container List

 

Series I: California State Library

Box 1130

Correspondence and reports, 1910-1930.

 

Series II: Sacramento State Buildings Commission

Box 1131

Correspondence and reports, 1918-1928.

 

Series III: Furniture for the Library-Courts Building

Box 1131

Correspondence and reports, 1927-1929.

 

Miscellaneous

Box 1132

Artwork: Agreements & specifications, and biographical information about artists.

 

Blueprints

 

Clippings ("Inspiration"-statue-controversy)

 

Photos (library stacks, not CSL)

 

Printed materials

 

Library-Courts

 

Arguments in favor of a new building

 

Examples of specifications (samples, not CSL)

 

Building site information