A Timeline

3rd CT BCE

Founding of the famous Library of Alexandria

Artist’s conception of ancient Greek library with shelves of book scrolls
Artist’s conception of ancient Greek library with shelves of book scrolls.

1800

The Library of Congress is established by an act of Congress

Interior of the main reading room of the Library of Congress
Interior of the main reading room of the Library of Congress.

1834

Augustin Zamarano introduced the first printing press to California to produce Mexican government publications

Title page of the first book published in California by Augustin Zamorano
Title page of the first book published in California by Augustin Zamorano.

1849-53

William Van Voorhies – first Secretary of State and State Librarian

Portrait of William Van Voorhies, the first California Secretary of State and ex-offico State Librarian
Portrait of William Van Voorhies, the first California Secretary of State and ex-offico State Librarian.

1850-54

CSL moved with the Capitol from San Jose, to Vallejo, Benicia and finally Sacramento

Early engravings of the capitol buildings at San Jose, Vallejo, and Benicia along with a photograph of the old Sacramento County Courthouse when used as the State Capitol, 1870s

Early engravings of the capitol buildings at San Jose, Vallejo, and Benicia along with a photograph of the old Sacramento County Courthouse when used as the State Capitol, 1870s

Early engravings of the capitol buildings at San Jose, Vallejo, and Benicia along with a photograph of the old Sacramento County Courthouse when used as the State Capitol, 1870s

Early engravings of the capitol buildings at San Jose, Vallejo, and Benicia along with a photograph of the old Sacramento County Courthouse when used as the State Capitol, 1870s
Early engravings of the capitol buildings at San Jose, Vallejo, and Benicia along with a photograph of the old Sacramento County Courthouse when used as the State Capitol, 1870s.

1853-57

James W. Denver – second State Librarian, later Civil War general and Kansas governor

Portrait of James W. Denver, the second State Librarian
Portrait of James W. Denver, the second State Librarian.

1862

Over one thousand of the Library’s 11,000 books are damaged in a great flood

Photograph of a Sacramento street scene taken during the great flood of 1862
Photograph of a Sacramento street scene taken during the great flood of 1862

1869

CSL moved into the newly constructed State Capitol building from the B. F. Hastings Building in Old Sacramento

Photo of the nearly completed State Capitol showing the circular apse in which the CSL would be housed
Photo of the nearly completed State Capitol showing the circular apse in which the CSL would be housed.

1899-1917
1914-17

The State Library’s first library school and library training program are set up

Members of the Library School class typing in 1919 in the Capitol apse
Members of the Library School class typing in 1919 in the Capitol apse.

1928

State Library moved out of the State Capitol into the recently completed new $5 million Library and Courts Building

1928 view from State Capitol dome looking west towards the newly completed Library and Courts Building (left) and State Building No. 1 (right)
1928 view from State Capitol dome looking west towards the newly completed Library and Courts Building (left) and State Building No. 1 (right).

1951-72

Carma R. Zimmerman Leigh – eighteenth State Librarian and longest serving Librarian

Photograph of Carma R. Zimmerman, the eighteenth State Librarian.
Photograph of Carma R. Zimmerman, the eighteenth State Librarian.

1980-94

Gary E. Strong – twentieth State Librarian who helped found the CSL Foundation

Photograph of Gary E. Strong, the eighteenth State Librarian, seated at his desk in the State Librarian’s office.
Photograph of Gary E. Strong, the eighteenth State Librarian, seated at his desk in the State Librarian’s office.

1994-2004

Dr. Kevin Starr – twenty-first State Librarian, noted author and promoter of the CSL

Photograph of Dr. Kevin Star, the twenty-first State Librarian
Photograph of Dr. Kevin Star, the twenty-first State Librarian

2012

The J. Paul Leonard- Sutro Library moves into its new permanent home at San Francisco State University

Recent photograph of the newly completed  J. Paul Leonard-Sutro Library on the San Francisco State University campus
Recent photograph of the newly completed J. Paul Leonard-Sutro Library on the San Francisco State University campus

2014-present

Greg Lucas – twenty-fourth and current State Librarian

Photograph of Greg Lucas, the twenty-first and current  serving State Librarian
Photograph of Greg Lucas, the twenty-first and current serving State Librarian