Brought to you by the California and the West Study Group: Please join us for a special tour of the New Main Library on Saturday, January 31st, from 10:15 AM to 12 noon. The New Main (now almost 20 years old!) opened its doors on April 18, 1996. Susan Goldstein, the City Archivist, will lead an exclusive tour for IHS members through the building, focusing on sections of the library that would be of particular interest to the tour attendees. Our tour will conclude at the San Francisco History Center and Book Arts and Special Collections Center on the 6th floor. In the Special Collections Center, we’ll view various items pulled from different collections—e.g., city records, rare books, maps, and various archives and manuscript materials. The goal of this visit is to educate our members on what is available at the library that is relevant to our research and the most efficient ways to access those materials.
Goldstein has served as City Archivist since the summer of 1995. In her position, she works with all the city departments to preserve and make accessible their historical records. She also manages a robust program and exhibition schedule and is currently engaged in a number of digitization projects. Previously, Goldstein worked at the Labor Archives and Research Center at SFSU and as the archivist to Senator Alan Cranston during his final three years in office.
RSVP for this event to Ann Harlow by Monday, January 26th, and when you respond, be sure to let us know the subject matters that are of the greatest interest to you vis-à-vis your current research or writing projects, so that the tour can be better tailored to our needs. Space is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your spot early!
Extend the day! Some of us are planning to have lunch at a nearby restaurant at the conclusion of the tour (details forthcoming); let us know when you rsvp if you want to join the lunch group. And for those who want to return to the library to explore further or conduct some research independently, the library is open until 6 PM.
FYI…The underground Civic Center Garage across from the library charges $3.50 per hour until noon, then $4.50 per hour from 12 noon on. The Civic Center/UN Plaza BART station is just a block away from the library, and several San Francisco Muni bus and streetcar lines stop within a block or two of the library.