Special Collections


Henry O. Nightingale Civil War Diaries

Henry O. Nightingale (1844-1919) was an abolitionist that joined the Union army in 1861. He fought in numerous battles, including Gettysburg. This collection consists of three digital objects: two handwritten diaries (1864-1865) and an undated portrait of Henry O. Nightingale with his saber and Union hat. The 1864 diary includes descriptions of company and regimental movement, and of particular note is a description of Nightingale’s injury during the Battle of the Wilderness in May of 1864, and the subsequent near-amputation of his left arm. Following this injury he spent 13 months in recovery at Stanton General Hospital in Washington D.C. The 1865 diary contains a firsthand account of Abraham Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre.

Chinese Seals online

Mr. Jung Ying Tsao, a collector of Asian art, has given the Library a 14-volume set of imprints of ancient Chinese seals. On each page is a carefully executed impression of a seal and drawing of the seal stone.

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture Collection

View over 1,000 images: among the highlights are Buddhist paintings and sculptures from the 13th and 14th centuries; Edo period (1615-1868) paintings of various schools and celebrated masters; the single greatest resource collection of Nanga material in the world; and collections of modern and contemporary bamboo art and ceramics, the latter featuring numerous porcelain sculptures representing the career of Fukami Sueharu (1947-).

The Walter Doyle McLean Estate Collection

In 1849, Hosea Dudley, ancestor of Walter Doyle McLean, sailed around Cape Horn in his journey from Boston to San Francisco. He later settled in the Coulterville area near what is now Yosemite National Park. Dudley Ranch became a stagecoach stop for travelers visiting the Yosemite Valley and surrounding region. The family collection includes a register of guests with the signatures of John Muir and Thomas Edison; journals; Miwok Indian baskets; mining nuggets; and other Gold Rush era artifacts. It is currently housed in Special Collections, on loan to the library.

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