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Book Arts and Special Collections Center, San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Phone: (415) 557-4567
Email: bookarts@sfpl.org
Physical collections: 16
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Bender (Albert M.) collection of George Sterling papers

This collection contains correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts, printed material, and photographs created by George Sterling and others. The bulk of this collection is made up of George Sterling's manuscripts and typescripts, many with handwritten notes by George Sterling and Ambrose Bierce.

Bohemian Club Collection

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...

Burton (Virginia Lee) Maybelle the Cable Car Collection

The collection contains the original manuscript and illustrations for the popular children's book written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton. Published in 1952, tells the story of the 1947 fight to save the cable cars in San Francisco.

Denslow (W. W.) Drawings

The collection consists of original artwork by W. W. Denslow for and all part of the Denslow's Picture Books for Children series published by G.W. Dillingham Co. in 1903.

Fredricks (Jessica) Collection of Autographs and Letters

Original autographs and letters by actors, musicians, authors, politicians, artists, and others, assembled by Jessica Fredricks, Head of the Music Department, San Francisco Public Library.

Grabhorn Letterpress Printing Ephemera Collection

The collection contains ephemeral materials printed with metal or wood type using a letterpress. Ephemeral materials include: prospectuses, notices, fliers, postcards, broadsides, bookmarks, chapbooks, pamphlets and small books/accordion fold books. The collection dates range from 950 CE (China) to present,...

Grabhorn Type Specimen Collection

The collection contains type specimens in various forms, including booklets, brochures, pamphlets, sheets, posters, and portfolios, from the 18th Century to the present. Additions to the collection are ongoing. The bulk of the specimens are printed in the US and...

Harrison (Richard) Collection of Calligraphy of Calligraphy & Lettering

This collection contains more than 3,000 examples of contemporary calligraphy including: original specimens, manuscripts, broadsides, handwritten books, fine prints, teaching sheets, drawings, and sketches by approximately 500 scribes and lettering artists. Perspective on the development of book hands is provided...

Hoffer (Eric) Papers

The collection contains the notebooks, clippings, AV recordings, and photographs of Eric Hoffer, who wrote a best-seller while working on the docks of San Francisco and became known as America's "longshoreman philosopher."

Hurd (Clement) Drawings

The collection contains original artwork by Clement Hurd for the children's books and both written by his wife Edith Thacher Hurd and published in the 1950's.

Lee (Manning de Villeneuve) Cherry Ann and the Dragon Horse Drawings

The collection contains the original pen and ink illustrations by Manning de Villeneuve Lee for a children's book published in 1955 about a Chinese immigrant family in San Francisco in the 1950s.

Lenski (Lois) San Francisco Boy Papers

The collection contains the original artwork, page proofs, and book dummy for the children's book written and illustrated by Lois Lenski. Published in 1955 by J.B. Lippincott, is a work of historical fiction geared towards middle grade readers depicting the...

Martin (Dick) The Magic of Oz Drawings

The collection consists of original artwork by Dick Martin for the cover of the 13th book of the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill. Originally published in 1919, it was one of several...

Thompson (Ruth Plumly) Speedy in Oz Papers

The collection contains the typed manuscript for the children's book by Ruth Plumly Thompson, adorned by sketches of accompanying illustrations by John R. Neill.

Weston (Duane) Antique Valentine Collection

This collection contains more than 2,300 Valentines, 1,143 Christmas and New Year's cards, 214 friendship cards, and 286 miscellaneous cards, as well as Valentine envelopes, paper lace, and decorative paste-ons. The collection also includes exhibition materials and correspondence.

Winslow (Pete) Papers

The collection contains the personal records, correspondence, manuscripts, published works, photographs, and audio recordings of Pete Winslow, a surrealist poet associated with the Beat Generation. The collection also contains publications about him as well as the works of other writers...