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. 82, No. 3, Fall

Checklist
The Checklist provides notice of publications that portray the diverse and exceptional nature of California. Readers and publishers who wish to call attention to recent works, including reprints, are requested to send the following bibliographical...
Donors
INDIVIDUALS The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individual donors for their contributions received between January, 1, 004 and September 30, 2004: $10,000 TO $24,999 Mr. Robert A. Chlebowski, San Francisco...
From the Editor
As a historian, I am not comfortable with predictions for the future. You see, the past overflows with variety, and there are too many variables now to imagine certainties to come. But I'm willing to stick my neck out about disasters: We have not seen...
Los Angeles's Jazz Roots: The Willis H. Young Family
The historical and etymological origins of jazz are rather murky, although the average fan associates the history with New Orleans and the Deep South and often with African Americans. As it happens, the word "jazz" first appeared in print in a California...
Santa Barbara Noir
It was summer and my spouse and I were staying at the Four Season Biltmore Santa Barbara. We were traveling with our dog and therefore had to walk her late at night across the exotic palm-lined grounds, through Spanish tiled arcades, and finally down...
"Unique in American History"
Most Americans are proud of the states they live in, but there's no question about it: California really is exceptional. It even says so in the state Department of Education's history and social science framework, which makes the case explicitly: "Students...
William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster
A few minutes before midnight on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam gave way under the hydrostatic pressure of a full reservoir. During the early morning hours of March 13, some 38,000 acre-feet of water surged down from an elevation of 1,834 feet...