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. 84, No. 1, Fall

Dear to Me
Taking a glance at the Contents of this issue, it looks as if we concocted a combo of essays related to California's musical pedigree. Titles include "Mexican Musicians," "Woody Guthrie," and "Comic Operas," but looks deceive. Our lead article includes...
Individuals
The California Historical Society is deeply grateful to the following individual donors for their contributions received between June 1, 2005 and June 1, 2006: $10,000 AND ABOVE Mr. Darius Anderson, San Francisco Mr. Ted Balestreri, Monterey...
J. S. Holliday, a Remembrance
In 1972, I attended an evening reception at El Molino Viejo, then the southern California headquarters of the California Historical Society. I shall never forget that evening as I was drawn by the presence of one man, J. S. Holliday, the executive...
Mexican Musicians in California and the United States, 1910-50
Mexican musicians have continuously crossed the United States-Mexico international border in both directions in search of professional opportunities. The period from the time of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to approximately the middle of the twentieth...
On Comic Opera Revolutions: Maneuver Theory and the Art of War in Mexican California, 1821-45
"Like the tribes of the Stone Age ever preparing for war but rarely fighting, the Californios cultivated a state of perpetual excitement which culminated in anti-climactic decrees or minor skirmishes; three casualties in one of these fights would represent...
Pretty Pasters
These printed stickers from popular California roller rinks of the 1940s and 1950s are an unusual recent acquisition by the Research Collections of the California Historical Society from the National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska. ...
"Woody Sez": Woody Guthrie, the People's Daily World, and Indigenous Radicalism
Bound for Glory, director Hal Ashby's 1976 cinematic tribute to Woody Guthrie, concludes with the folksinger departing California for the greener pastures of New York City in early 1940. As he rides a freight train, Guthrie, portrayed by David Carradine,...