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Two New Titles in California History!

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon’s new monograph, Little Manila is in the Heart, is a history of the growth and destruction of Stockton, California’s Filipina/o American community and recent efforts to preserve it.  According to Duke University Press, using archival materials and personal family history, Mabalon “reveals how Filipina/o immigrants created a community and ethnic culture shaped by their identities as colonial subjects of the United States, their racialization in Stockton as brown people, and their collective experiences in the fields and in the Little Manila neighborhood. In the process, Mabalon places Filipinas/os at the center of the development of California agriculture and the urban west.”

 Bancroft Library   F870.F4 M33 2013  

William Burg’s new title, Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music & Activism in California’s Capital City, gives an in-depth look at Sacramento’s past as a hub of social movements. According to The History Press, “Historian William Burg weaves oral histories with previously unpublished photographs to chronicle the resurgence of Sacramento’s art, music and activism in the wake of redevelopment.” 

Bancroft Library  F869.S12 B8693 2013  

A newly processed collection at the Bancroft Library


The Frans Blom papers are, at long last, open to researchers at the Bancroft Library. Blom was a Danish-born archaeologist and explorer and head of Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (formerly the Department of Middle American Research) from 1926 to 1940. Having dropped out of the University of Copenhagen, Blom first arrived in Mexico in 1919 and, after some effort, managed to find work scouting abandoned oil wells in the Mexican oil industry (mostly in Minatitlán, Veracruz). During these years,Blom traveled extensively throughout remote areas of Veracruz, Chiapas, and Tabasco, documenting in his journals (in Danish) a developing passion for Mayan archaeology (a version of these journals was published in Danish in 1923). In 1922, Blom found work with the Dirección de Antropología in Mexico City. He spent the end of 1922 and 1923 exploring and documenting the state of the ruins in Palenque. These experiences led to admission to the Master’s program in archaeology at Harvard University (which he completed in 1924). During his training, Blom worked in Uaxactun in the Petén area of Guatemala and participated in the excavations of Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico. Soon after completing his Master’s, Blom took a position at the Department of Middle American Research at Tulane University. In 1926, Blom became director of the department. The department undertook expeditions throughout the last half of the 1920s and the 1930s, including the John Geddings Gray Memorial Expedition to Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala and the 1930 expedition to Uxmal in preparation for building a replica of the Uxmal Nunnery at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. While in New Orleans, Blom forged connections to local bohemians and artists such as Enrique Alférez and William P. Spratling. At the age of thirty nine, Blom married Mary S. Thomas, a woman he met in 1932 while hosting an excursion to Mexico. Mary Thomas was the daughter and heir to Lillian Sefton Thomas and Vincent B. Thomas, presidents of the Harriet Hubbard Ayer cosmetics corporation. This marriage ended in 1938. Blomstruggled professionally and personally (with alcoholism) during the late 1930s and early 1940s. He left Tulane in 1941 and moved to Mexico around 1942. There he married Swiss photographer Gertrude “Trudi” Duby (1901-1993), who had also recently moved to Mexico and had a passion for the Lacandón Indians of Chiapas. In 1950, the couple purchased a house in San Cristobal, Chiapas, which they named Casa Na Bolom (House of the Jaguar). During the next thirteen years, Frans and Trudi worked to make their house into a center for scholars researching Chiapas and Guatemala. Trudi carried on with this venture in the years after Frans Blom's death in 1963. Today, Casa Na Bolom is a museum, hotel, and restaurant.

Lara Michels, archivist

Two New Contemporary Non-Fiction Books:

Born out of the author’s doctoral thesis, Grinding California: Culture and Corporeality in American Skate Punk (Bielefeld, 2012), Konstantin Butz analyzes the popular culture of the 1980s skate-punk.

Bancroft Library  HM646.B88 2012

In Vacationland (University of Washington Press, 2013), William Philpott explores the dramatic transformation of the Colorado high country into a high-volume tourist attraction. 

Bancroft Library  G155.U6 P47 2013

Snapshot albums of Japanese Americans in the 442nd Infantry during World War II 

Volume 3 of the album series of Japanese Americans in the 442nd Infantry during World War II is bound in a silk fabric with crane pattern. The snapshots within the album consist of candid shots of Japanese Americans, their friends, school pictures, and soldiers. Most photos are labeled with descriptors. 

Bancroft Library

BANC PIC 2011.055—ALB vol.3

This is a delightfully morbid graphic novel portrayal of the Donner Party’s journey from Illinois to California in 1846. Moral of the story: Don’t take long trips in winter with hungry friends. 

The Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale, 2013

Bancroft  PZ7.7.H345 Don 2013