department's holdings of printed books cover a broad range of topics in
history, literature, art, and science that supplement the archival
research collections. The primary focus of the printed book collection
is California history including the history of Sacramento and the
Central Valley, the history of ethnic communities, and the political and
cultural movements of the second half of the 20th century.
books from the rare Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection.
The Department has a small
collection of rare books and illuminated manuscripts (ca. 12th-19th
century), early print specimen pages, and imprints from early publishers
and printers, including the Aldine Press, Plantin, and other early
European presses. The collection also has holdings related to modern
presses such as Kelmscott, Doves, and Ashendene as well as those
representing the fine print tradition in California and the San
Francisco Bay Area. There are also broadsides, ephemera, and general
writings on the history of typography.