On this day in 1850, California became the 31st state in the union. To celebrate, check out some of our collections that document the arts in the Golden State.

Juan O’Gorman at Watts Towers, circa 1958, from the Esther McCoy papers. McCoy was an architectural historian who was a major champion for preserving the architecture of Southern California in a time when no one thought it was worth preserving.

U.C. Irvine Art Gallery exhibition catalog for Los Four: Almaraz/de la Rocha/Lujan/Romero, 1973, from the Tomás Ybarra-Frausto research material on Chicano art. Ybarra-Frausto collected the ephemera of Chicano art with a focus on California, Texas and New York.

Co-Existence Bagel Shop in North Beach, California, 1959 / Mark Green, photographer, from the Mark Green papers. Green was a member of the Beat movement and documented San Francisco in the 50’s-70’s.

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