This week marks the one-year anniversary of the new Calisphere site, and we’re celebrating by making it even bigger! Since its release in September 2015, the site has grown by 150,000 items, to reach more than 550,000 total items today. These include new collections–many with a decidedly artistic bent–from four first-time contributing institutions: California College of the Arts Libraries, the County of Los Angeles Public LibrarySanta Clara University, and the University of San Francisco. Highlights include:

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The harvest of these collections is part of a bigger project to aggregate content from a range of libraries, archives, and museums throughout California. There are hundreds of known collections at these institutions that are available through local websites, but not readily or easily discoverable at the state and national network levels. The initiative is supported by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

This month we also harvested a new collection of 4,200 objects from the UC Riverside Library Water Resources Collections and Archives, comprising publications and documentation related to the California Coastal Conservancy and aquatic resources access and conservation.

Stay tuned for more content as we continue to harvest new collections!


Images, L-R: Amado R. Esparza and Ofelia Esparza’s wedding portrait, Los AngelesChez: Panisse Menu CookbookAmerica The Beautiful – White Sands, by Piet FiooleCaroline Laine Johnson & Mrs. Withrow standing in earthquake crack in ground near Milpitas.