Current exhibit in the lobby
"More Sublime than any Cathedral"
Celebrating Yosemite's 150th Anniversary

Photo of Bob Kolbrener. Yosemite 'More Sublime Than Any Cathedral' Exhibit title as it appears on the exhibit poster Exhibit display area showing photographs of waterfalls and wooded areas in Yosemite Old-fashioned stereoscope with tin viewer. A stereo card showing El Capitan ready for viewing in the stereoscope's card holder Several outdoor scenes of a cliff in Yosemite with people standing near the edge

In 1864, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, which for the first time in history set aside a large tract of wilderness land for public enjoyment. The history of Yosemite is explored through the Library's collection of drawings, photographs, and other artifacts dating from the early 1800s to contemporary times. The exhibit is on the 1st and 2nd floor galleries of the California State Library building at 900 N St., Sacramento. Open 8–5, Monday through Friday.

"More sublime than any cathedral" – from Two Weeks in the Yosemite by Rev. James Monroe Buckley, 1883.

Online Exhibits

Treasures of the California State Library

“Rich, Rare, and Curious: Treasures of the California State Library, 1850-2000” was held at the Crocker Art Museum in 2000. The exhibit catalog is available as California StateLibrary Foundation Bulletin Number 67. The issue consists of 75 pages, including several full-color illustrations describing the history and special collections of library. It can be purchased from the California State Library Foundation.