Nick: Environmental Design Library

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

There is another post on this library by another person in the DeCal. I shall try to not cover all of the same information. The collection itself came into being in 1964 with the Wurster building. It contains the collections of the previously separate Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning and Decorative Arts. It specializes in these fields and has a rare book collection. However, many are located at NRLF. To request the a book one has to see the Circulation Desk or email the Circulation Supervisor. 

When one walks into the library on the second floor of Wurster, the first desk on the left is for circulation purposes. If one follows that desk around a corner and on the left there will be a Reference desk. However, it is not always staffed as it has separate hours. There are about 15 computers available for use. There are some hidden in the back of the library near the bound volumes. The library itself is only one floor, but will give the impression of being larger with the open view into the studio rooms on the floor above. 

I would recommend this library not only for architectural history but also the information regarding urban planning.

Current hours are

M-Th 9AM-9PM

Reference Services 1PM-5PM

Friday 9AM-5PM

Saturday 1PM-5PM

Sunday 1PM-9PM

Over the summer the hours change

Monday-Friday 1PM-5PM

It is closed on the weekends.



Nick: Film Resources

April 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I found one broad based production done on the Mission district as a whole. It was produced by KQED. The description reads as “Tells the story of San Francisco’s Mission District from the time of the Ohlone Indians, through the Gold Rush, the close-knit Irish community of the twenties, the Latin identity of the neighborhood in the sixties, to the mosaic of the contemporary Mission, from its hidden community of day laborers to the vibrant New Bohemia to the roucous sounds of carnaval.”


There is also a film reel at the PFA on Los Siete in particular. It generally goes over the event, the organization that arises, and themes involving the Third World Liberation Front.


Unfortunately, I did not have the time to view either source this week. As I am closing on the end of the thesis, I do not think I will have the time to take advantage of any new information. 

Nick: Visual Resources

April 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

During this week’s guest lecture I had an idea to use some of my primary resource documents as a visual source. There were come interesting pictures and art in a local publication made for Los Siete de La Raza. Unfortunately, I am unable to share the pictures with you as I would be publishing the pictures I got from the Bancroft online.

This is a link to a picture of the defendant of the court case interviewing the officer involved in the incident. It is actually a courtroom drawing from the Bancroft library collection. I can post this one as it is already available online. 

Nicholas Franks for Ariana

April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

I found some interesting articles from America: History and Life. They summed up what you had said before, but gave good insight for me.



Femininity, Race and Treachery: How ‘Tokyo Rose’ Became a Traitor to the United States after the Second World War


Through reading her story, I thought about other related stories of WWII. I also thought about another group that was actually more involved with the war and deaths of Allied forces, scientists. I knew that the US brought back scientists from Germany. This article goes over the scientists and the governments role in bringing them here. I think it would be interesting to compare the two different groups of people and the approach taken to each.

U.S. coverup of Nazi scientists

Nicholas Franks: Oral History

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

So this week I talked to my grandmother who lived in the city (San Francisco) until shortly after my uncle was born. I asked her some questions relating to my thesis research because it deals with the city. She is represented in the rough transcript (done by phone) as G. 

G: Just to let you know I left before that whole incident happened. (She is referring to the main focus of my thesis of Los Siete De La Raza)

Me: That is fine. When did you live in the city?

G: I grew up there and stayed there until we moved in ’65. The Mission had a bit of a reputation then as well. Mission High seemed a little rowdy. It had a reputation for troublemakers. But I also went to a Catholic school so public schooling just seemed wild to me at the time.

Me: I read a lot of Irish and other Europeans lived there. Was that you general impression?

G: Yes it was an Old Irish neighborhood.

Me: Do you know why Europeans moved out of the neighborhood?

G: No, not really. I don’t have a general impression of why they did. The city did change a lot after the war though. When I was a child going to the beach it was all dunes.  After the war a man named Doelger realized there would be a need for housing for the GI’s. So, he built a bunch of the same house and that became the Sunset district.

Me: That is really interesting. Was the Mission District shopping area fairly large or popular?

G: Along Mission Street there were a lot of shops. It was not the same as the downtown area, but had a lot of traffic and was a substitute instead of travelling downtown.


I just generally wanted to get an impression of the city during the time and any changes she might have noticed. I was not nervous. I did have some trouble connecting questions especially once we got into other areas of the city. It seemed a little rude to refocus the questions on the Mission when I got all this info about other areas. I did not really come into it with any set expectations. So there was nothing to contradict.

Nicholas Franks: Newspaper and Microfilms

March 11, 2013 § 2 Comments

During class last week I came to realize that searching for relevant info in newspaper form is a bit time consuming. I decided to head back to the Bancroft instead. There I revisited the carton from last week and dug deeper. I found more dates and names too look out for in particular. I am hoping I can use the new info I have learned to wade through collections of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Nicholas Franks: An Afternoon at the Bancroft

March 5, 2013 § 2 Comments

This Monday afternoon I spent a few hours going through several cartons. I had found a very useful resource pertaining to a trial case. I had to put in a request and wait a while. It was stored at the NRLF. The collection was donated not too long ago. Since it had not been in the library as a collection for that long, there was not much detail on the contents. The trial lawyer had donated all of his records spanning several decades. The particular case I had was at least narrowed down to 3 cartons. I spent my time determining what was in each carton and if it would be useful. Thankfully, I managed to find some good stuff and it was all in the same carton.