California History

A quarterly historical journal that publishes scholarly articles dedicated to the study and promotion of all aspects of California and Western history, from pre-Columbian to modern times.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 1, Winter

A Whaling Voyage
Diary, Frank H. Banks, engineer 28 March--16 November 1877 CHS Collections, MS 3861 Drawings of whales mark the entries in Frank H. Banks's diary that describe how the crew of the C/cone spotted, chased, killed, and cleaned whales during a voyage...
California Ephemera Project
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded four San Francisco institutions a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant of $247,738 to support the California Ephemera Project. The collaborating institutions are...
Donors
The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and government and business organizations for their contributions. INDIVIDUALS $50,000 and above Anonymous $10,000 and above ...
Gary Holloway Walking Tours
Looking for a fun way to explore history? Join Gary Holloway's Walkabouts. SNOW TRAIN TRIP Saturday, January 23rd, 8 a.m. through Sunday, January 24th, 6 p.m. (Overnight trip) Take the scenic route and relax in comfort as you ride the rails...
Global California Contra Greater California
The way we frame California's past is of incalculable importance to the way we see ourselves and the rest of the world. Because the Pacific Rim has long been essential to California's development, I commend much of Thomas Osborne's essay. But I shall...
Introduction
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This special section of California History was conceived alongside a crowded luggage carousel at Los Angeles International...
Legends of California 2010 Update
From the moment that the name was first introduced in a Spanish romance novel four centuries ago, California has been a legendary place and a place of legends. Beginning with Queen Calafia and continuing through Father Serra, the Gold Rush, the 1906...
Local Contexts, Global Frameworks, and the Future of the California History Course
Thomas Osborne's important essay comes at a propitious time for the kind of global or transnational approach to historical research reflected in his concept of the Pacific Eldorado. (1) After years of partial victories and periodic setbacks, advocates...
Pacific Eldorado: Rethinking Greater California's Past
The flashing and golden pageant of California, The sudden and gorgeous drama, the sunny and ample lands, ... Ships coming in from the whole round world, and going out to the whole world, To India and China and Australia and the thousand...
"Pacific Eldorado": Scholarship, Pedagogy, and the Community College Student
In 2002, Thomas Bender called for a "thickening" of American history "by locating it in a context larger than itself." He asked: "Can we imagine an American historical narrative that situates the United States more fully in its larger transnational...
Reverse Funnel
Visualize a funnel. Turn it upside down. Imagine a beaker holding products of the mind: ideas. Someone carefully tips and turns the beaker, pouring ideas through the little round opening to the cylindrical tube leading to the inverted cone. Out...
Teaching California History in a Global Context
One of my favorite teaching techniques in a big California history lecture class is to make the blackboard into North America. Of course, we have the blackboard for the entire term, and I write all over it. But it also makes for a good map, and it's...
Teaching California History with McWilliams, Bradbury, and Tuan
Carey McWilliams is at the heart of every California-based course I teach. His lyrical prose and profound sense of place, fierce indignation and ironic irreverence, juxtaposition of sacred and profane versions of history, gleeful toppling of a whole...
The Bannings on the Magic Isle Santa Catalina Island, 1892-1919
"Vacationlands may appear like territories of freedom, freedom from work, worries, rules, and regulations. But behind this carefree facade there are many unwritten rules." ORVAR LOFGREN, On Holiday: A History of Vacationing (1) In March 1958,...