Collection contains two catalogs. One has no dates, but the acquisition entries date from ca. 1870-1917. Many objects collected and donated by James Talmage. A certain number of items cataloged as originating from early Church members, including Joseph Smith and his peers. The other catalog records museum acquisitions from 1891-1915. Acquisitions ranged from whole to part mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, insects, textiles, plants, fibers, seeds, grains, coral, and assorted artifacts from various parts of the world
California Historical Society - North Baker Research Library
Consists of a variety of commercial catalogs and other sales-related ephemera pertaining to California businesses, largely from San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, with significant portions from Sacramento and Los Angeles, and a smaller number from non-California businesses. Manufacturers' and sales catalogs provide detailed information about businesses, commercial life, and material culture in California from 1851 to 1981, with the bulk dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Businesses range from major companies to small enterprises.
The Nursery and Seed Ephemera Collection began when the Department of Special Collections conducted a thorough review of the Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection. For the purposes of this collection, nursery and/or seed ephemera is promotional literature, plant or seed listings without ordering information, or catalogs for garden supplies other than plants or seeds.
The collection consists chiefly of garden, nursery and seed catalogs, rounded out by miscellaneous garden magazines, pamphlets, brochures, similar materials. The earliest of the catalogs is dated 1866, while the most recent is from 1994. A few of the pamphlets are of even earlier years.