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New Acquisitions

| BOOKS | California Highways |
| MANUSCRIPTS | Diaries of Two Trips to Alaska from Pacific Grove, California |
| MICROFORM | Papers of Charles Francis Adams II |
| DIGITAL | America’s Historical Newspapers |

Books

California Highways. A Descriptive Record of Road Development by the State and by Such Counties As Have Paved Highways, by Ben Blow

San Francisco: H.S. Crocker Co., 1920; xviii, 308pp. plus 183 photographs, 29 maps (26 double-page, 1 folding), large folding map in rear pocket.

This first edition of Ben Blow's California Highways provides a wealth of information on early roads in California and is illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs and numerous maps. Covering many subjects (the Bureau of Highways, the California Highway Commission, types of roads and construction, convict labor, maintenance, tree planting, campsites, state highway routes, campaining for good roads, etc.) and all California counties, this edition also has specialized sections on the elimination of the Bell Springs Grade; building the state highway up the Sacramento River Canyon; the Sacramento-Yolo Causeway; the Boulevard around San Francisco and San Pablo Bays; the San Juan Mountain and Zaca Canyon controversies; the Tejon-Castaic Ridge Route and the Colorado Desert. The author was the manager of the Good Roads Bureau, California State Automobile Association.

Location: Green Library, Special Collections -- in process.

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Manuscripts

Edwin V. Warren. Diaries of Two Trips to Alaska from Pacific Grove, California, 1903 and 1904.
1 Manuscript Box, 2 Diaries

These two diaries record Warren’s trips to Alaska in 1903 and 1904 to earn money for his tuition at Stanford and pursue his interest in ornithology. Born in Quincy, California in 1881, Warren was raised in a devout Methodist family who were among the founders of Pacific Grove. Warren studied ornithology, zoology, and English literature at Stanford. He loved nature and bird watching, and his journals reflect the many species of birds he encountered and the scenery he saw. They also record his trips to Alaska by bicycle and ship and mining life in the Treadwell gold mine where he worked.

Location: Special Collection and University Archives (M1575)

A published edition of Warren’s diaries, edited by Barry Kibler, is also available:

The Birdman of Treadwell: Diary of a Treadwell Gold Miner

Location: Green Library (F914 .T73 W272 2007)

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Microform

The Papers of Charles Francis Adams II, 1861-1933

The Papers of Charles Francis Adams II, 1861-1933, consist of 55 microfilm reels of manuscripts, diaries, personal journals and literary drafts which clearly delineate the long life and diverse interests of Charles Francis Adams II (1835-1915), soldier, business man, civic leader and historian. The descendent of two presidents and the son of a noted diplomat, Adams served with distinction as a Union officer during the Civil War. After the war, he became a nationally recognized authority on the railroad industry, chairing the Massachusetts Railroad Commission from 1869 to 1879, and ultimately taking on the presidency of the Union Pacific railroad for six stormy years, 1884-1890. From 1890 to 1915, Adams was content to be a man of affairs, speaking and writing widely on historical, educational, economic and political subjects from his positions as president of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1895-1915) and active member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Anti-Imperialist League.

Location: Green Library, Media Microtext Collection: MFILM N.S. 16469; GUIDE E664 .A19 A3 1984 (also at Information Center)

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Digital

America’s Historical Newspapers

America’s Historical Newspapers offers fully searchable images of selected newspapers published throughout the United States between 1690 and 1922. Sample titles include the Tombstone Epitaph Prospector (Arizona, 1880-1899), Friend (Hawaii, 1844-1880), San Francisco Bulletin (California, 1855-1891), and Galveston News (Texas, 1842-1876). This collection of over 1,300 newspapers is part of the Archive of Americana series, which also includes books, broadsides, government publications, and other early printed material. Newspapers can be searched by:

• Title
• Date
• Place of publication
• Article type (e.g. shipping news, advertisements, birth & death notices)

The text is fully searchable, and images can be magnified, printed, or saved as PDF files.

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Last modified: October 3, 2007

     
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