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Finding Aid to the Bohemian Club Collection 1872-2009 (bulk 1890-1970) BASC 15
BASC 15  
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The Bohemian Club Collection (BASC 15) consists of material covering the activities of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco from 1872 to 2009, with the bulk of material from 1890 to 1970. Assembled from donations to the San Francisco Public Library, the collection contains printed materials from various Bohemian Club activities held at the city club and at Bohemian Grove in Sonoma County. Included are play and concert programs, event posters and fliers, dinner invitations and menus, plays and scripts, a small amount of correspondence, membership records, and notices to members.
Still active today, the Bohemian Club of San Francisco was founded in 1872 as an all-male, private club for men. According to the Annals of the Bohemian Club , the Club started as an informal association of journalists, artists and writers meeting at the home of James Bowman , a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle . The origin of the term bohemian came from the French artistic movement of the 1830's and represented supportive companionship of artists and intellectuals.
9 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized flat box, and 2 boxes (4 Cubic Feet)
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to Book Arts & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Collection is open for research and is available for use during Book Arts & Special Collections hours.