• History

    Below is the Prelinger Library history timeline, divided into categories of News, Events and Exhibitions.

    2014 February 22: Lost Landscapes of Oakland at OMCA
    February 19: The Itinerant Poetry Librarian at the Prelinger LibraryItinerant Poetry Librarian
    January -March: Amy Balkin’s A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting
    2013 November: Acquired flat file from Holy Names University Library   
    September: Featured by Station to Station Original Films
    December 17: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 8
    April: Observatory Library exhibit opens within new Exploratorium
    March 10: No More Road Trips?
    November 9, 2013–June 29, 2014: Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film at the Oakland Museum of California
    September: Loaned materials to California Historical Society exhibit Unbuilt San Francisco: The View From Futures Past
    2012 January: Donation of Epicenter Zone zine library  
    February: Donation of George Griffin library on animation, illustration, and handmade film
    March – April: Art section organized
    December: Publication of Powers of Ten book by FutureFarmers
    December 11: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 7 November: “Ex Libris” group show, curated by Microclimate Collective, at Root Division
    2011 July: Ephemera collection fully organized April 9: Featured in Atlas Obscura Day
    September 4: One-day on-site exhibit of library-based work by Artist in Residence Pierre Leguillon

    December: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 6

    November: (Toronto) Exhibition of Artist in Residence Felicity Tayler’s library-based work
    2010 March: Publication of Another Science Fiction October: Library co-sponsors THATCamp Bay Area event
    November: Book release party, benefit for Nature in the City; “Mariposa Road” by Robert Michael Pyle
    Oct–Dec: “The Document as Coordinate and Contract” course offered via SFMOMA’s
    Pickpocket Almanac project
    December: Artist in Residence Montgomery Cantsin presents library-supported work “Art Strike Time Capsule” with guests Re/Search’s V. Vale and Charles Gatewood
    November: “I Live Here SF” group exhibit at SOMArts, curated by Julie Michelle
    2009 June: Beginning of collaboration with Nonchalance, holding the archives of the Jejeune Institute for three years 
    July: Fifth anniversary celebration2009_5thPartycrowd01SMALL_byAmyBalkin
    April: Library is the guest of Todd Lappin at the first Pop-Up Magazine event
    May: Library featured in Matt Keegan’s solo exhibit “Postcards & Calendars” at Altman Siegel Gallery
    Oct–Dec: “From Repository to Workshop: Reinventing the Library and Archives” course offered via SFMOMA’s Pickpocket Almanac project
    January: Shorelines and Timelines, Outdoor Exploratorium exhibit, installed at Fort Mason, Building D
    May: Maker Faire, “How-To Library,” 2-day installation
    June: Installation of Greening the City Library at Studio for Urban Projects (through summer 2011)

    September: Library featured in exhibition and artists book by Carla Herrera-Prats, Localization, Location, Ubicación

    2008 June: Installation of ephemera annex shelves in the back of the room
    July: Begin box-level organization and installation of ephemera collection

    Fall: Public access to ephemera collection

    March“Strange Weather” exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery, New York, exhibit developed in collaboration with Studio for Urban ProjectsMarch – Collaboration with Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago
    April: Earth Day Library, installed at Nature in the City’s McLaren park Earth Day celebration
    April: “Library History in Correspondence” exhibit in “Self Storage,” group show, CCA MFA program in Curatorial Practice, curators

    MayMaker Faire, “How-To Library,” 2-day installation2008_RPMakerFaire

    2007 November: Berkeley Center for Appropriate Transit donates bicycle literature library  October 3: Illuminated Corridor at the library AprilCommunity Library at Garden for the Environment
    April: Earth Day Library, installed at Nature in the City’s McLaren park Earth Day celebration
    April“The California Files” group show at CCA / Wattis Gallery, curated by Ariane Beyn

    October: “In Popular Terms” exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery, New York; exhibit developed in collaboration with the Studio for Urban Projects

    November: Browsing library installed at Other Cinema

    ATA Library Table

    ATA Library Table

    2006 March: “Patriot Act” artwork installed by artist Vanessa Renwick, consisting of four words in neon: Free / Speech / Fear / Free2006_FreeSpeechNeonInstalled   
    June: Library 2nd anniversary party
    July: publication of The Field Guide to Sponsored Film
    October: Book scanning partnership with Internet Archive commences
    January: Library talk at Independent School of Art
    September: Library talk at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, in association with Reanimation Library 
    Earth Day Library (on-site cabinet installation)2006_Earth_Day_CabinetSMALL
    2005 February: Acquisitions road trip to State Library of Nevada in Carson City; acquired Foresta Institute library of western ecology
    July: presentation at Society of California Archivists
    February: Artists Television Access “Free Culture” evening library talk
    December 11: Ephemera sorting party
    July: “Documenting the Atomic Era, Promise and Response,” exhibit in “Simnuke” group show at Rx Gallery commemorating the anniversary of the Trinity test, curated by Camron Assadi and Sasha Harris-Cronin2005_SimNuke_atomicbox02   

     “Atomic Cabinet” exhibit at Other Cinema
    2004 May: Shelves installed
    June: Books shelved

    September: First university class field trip to the library. Brought by Anne Walsh of UC Berkeley. Since this time, around eight classes per year have visited the library on field trips.2004_yellowwallwithwindows

    June 6 – 13: Shelving Week! 65 volunteers helped us install the library
    November: Ephemera sorting party2004_EphemeraSortingParty-1 2004_EphemeraSortingParty-2