AMERICAN HERITAGE LIBRARY
Owned and Operated by the
SONS OF THE REVOLUTION
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
The American Heritage Library, in Glendale, California, has been provided as a public service to the public by the Sons of the revolution in the state of California since 1893, its purpose being to act as a repository for books and reference materials relating to the American Revolution; early American, California and local history; and genealogy. For over 110 years it has been operated and maintained as a service to the community by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of California, a IRC 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Use of the Library is free to anyone in keeping with the purpose of the Society "to encourage interest in the early history of the United States . . . to perpetuate the memory of the brave men who fought in the Revolutionary War, and to collect and preserve the manuscripts, records and documents relating to our past."
By the turn of the twentieth century, the Library's collection consisted of 5,000 volumes, an impressive size for the time. Growth of the collection, through direct acquisition and gifts, has been steady over the past 100 years, and has included by gift several major private collections. Today, the Library comprises over 25,000 titles and is well known as one of the largest collections relating to the American Revolution and Colonial America in the western United States. An ongoing fund, supplemented by gifts from the community, facilitates an aggressive books and acquisition program to maintain, broaden and update the collection. The Sons of the Revolution owns the building and collections outright.
During 2002 the Library began the process of creating a computerized catalog of its holdings. When completed in late 2003 the catalog will be searchable on-line at this web site. Watch for details, and the Library Catalog link in this web site's menu.
In addition to a fine collection of books, periodicals and manuscripts, many of which are rare out-of-print first editions, the Library is blessed with a magnificent collection of artifacts, many of which are on display, including:
WASHINGTON'S LEOPARD SKIN SADDLE PAD
An original leopard skin saddle pad owned by Gen. George Washington. It was owned by Gen. Edward Braddock at the time of his death in 1755 in an Indian massacre, after which it was presented to George Washington.
FLAG REVIEWED BY PRES. WASHINGTON (1789)
A silk flag carried in the First Trade Procession of Boston (October 24, 1789) as part of the celebration honoring the visit of George Washington. President Washington passed through the open ranks of the procession on a white horse and reviewed the flag.
JOHN C. FREMONT
PAINTED FROM LIFE
A portrait of Gen. John Charles Fremont, hero of the Mexican War of 1847 and early California settler, done from life in 1855 by T. Buchanan Read. Painted from life, this portrait hung in the Fremont residence until the 1880s. It is complete with an authentic bullet hole received during the famous New York Draft Riots, an era gone by!
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