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Finding aid to the Commercial catalogs collection
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Consists of a variety of commercial catalogs and other sales-related ephemera pertaining to California businesses, largely from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with significant portions from Sacramento and Los Angeles, and a smaller number from non-California businesses. Manufacturers' and sales catalogs provide detailed information about businesses, commercial life, and material culture in California from 1851 to 1981, with the bulk dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Businesses range from major companies to small enterprises.
35 linear feet
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