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Odd Excursions: Private Introduction to the Sutro Library Rare Books & Egyptian Collection

February 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join us for a special librarian-led intro to the Sutro collections, including the rarely seen Egyptian collection

About this Event

San Francisco silver mine engineer, philanthropist, tree planter, saltwater bath builder, and populist mayor Adolph Sutro was ALSO a committed oddities collector and bibliophile. Although parts of his original library were lost in the tragedies of the 1906 earthquake and fires, the substantial remainder of his vast holdings are kept at San Francisco State University, including more than 90,000 volumes and 100,000 pamphlets. The collection includes William Shakespeare’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th folios, papers and letters belonging to Joesph Banks (naturalist on James Cook’s voyages of discovery, and the long time president of the Royal Society), original British and German pamphlets, and thousands of pre-1900 Mexican publications, among other treasures. Sutro was also an avid collector of ancient Egyptian artifacts, now part of SF State’s Global Museum. Rarely seen, parts of this collection are on display now at the library.

Join us for a private look at this overlooked San Francisco treasure trove.

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Odd Salon Members & Fellows Private Introduction to the Sutro Library Rare Books & Egyptian Collections at SF State

Monday, Feb 24, 5pm promptly
Sutro Library at San Francisco State University: 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco 


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February 24, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sutro Library at San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA United States
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