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



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    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Access Points

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


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


    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.


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