Adolph Sutro's Collection
Adolph Sutro's collection contains over 90,000 volumes and 100,000 pamphlets.
William Shakespeare's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th folios
First Folio (1623) is one of only 233 known examples; Second Folio (1632); Third Folio (1663–64); Fourth Folio (1685).
Sir Joseph Banks Manuscript Collection
Predominately manuscripts, some newspaper clippings and broadsides. Most items were produced in Banks's lifetime (1743–1820), but some printed material was produced before 1740. Subjects: botany, biology, wool, agriculture, drainage, physical sciences (9,000–10,000 items).
King James Bible
First edition, 1611.
Adolph Sutro Manuscript Collection
Business, political, personal correspondence; records of book purchases; campaign materials; copies of periodical articles about Sutro; visitor's registers and cards.
John Murray Collection
Subjects: English rivers, drainage, dock construction and railroads, 1820–1840s..
James O. Halliwell-Phillipps Collection
Manuscripts, 15th–18th centuries. Subjects: leases, deeds, indentures, sales notices, household records, literature, reports (59 items). Shakespeare-related items, 18th–19th centuries (26).
Regional and Subject Matter Collections
California Women's March Collection
On January 21, 2017 women throughout the United States and the world came together to unite as one movement in an expression of solidarity and hope. A diverse array of women, children, men, LGBTI, young and old marched to draw attention to a multitude of issues.
British pamphlets, almost all pre-1800, exclusively British politics, with some religious controversies (10,000 items).
German Reformation pamphlets
150 items, including works by Martin Luther, 16th century.
Yemenite Hebrew manuscripts, 13th–14th centuries. Includes writings of Maimonides, the Talmud, Mishneh Torah, Midrash and commentaries, codes, prayer books, philosophy, cabalistic works, poetry, medicine (167 items).
Early printed materials, pre-1500, including Alphabetum Divini Amoris, Joannes Gerson, 1466–67; Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas,1478; Nuremberg Chronicle, 1496 (50 items).
Italian Manuscript Collection
Italian notarial documents, chiefly property settlements pertaining to several Venetian families, 15th–17th centuries (168 documents).
Japanese and Chinese Art Collection
Several hundred ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Japan, pre-1860; Chinese trade painting books; scrolls, early to mid-19th century.
Pieter van den Keere world map, 1611, only known copy. 150 uncatalogued maps from 16th–20th centuries.
Several thousand items printed in Mexico before 1900: pamphlets on political tracts and speeches; devotionals; sermons; histories; periodicals; governmental publications (national, state, city); land holdings; notarial records; records of the Valdes and Abadiano press and bookstore; travel diaries; Mexican War-related items, including some printed in the U.S.; photographs, 19th–20th centuries.
Rivers and Harbors Collection
Manuscripts, maps, and books on rivers, harbors, bridges and canals in Great Britain, 19th century.
- Books on travels and voyages from the 17th–20th centuries
- Early science books
- Extensive natural history collection
- Autographs and letters of English notables
- Sutro Baths posters