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Catalog Number 1999/X-04/239
Collection Unknown
Object Name Album, Photograph
Scope & Content Abstract

The Department of Parks and Recreation Collection is two linear feet in size and contains black and white and color photographs, negatives, scrapbooks, and memorabilia related to the activities, events and facilities created and sponsored by the City of Sacramento's Department of Recreation, which later became known as the Department of Parks and Recreation. Divided into four series, the collection is organized chronologically by format into forty-one file folders of photographs and one document box. The collection dates from the 1930s to the 1990s, with the bulk of the material originating in the 1930s and 1950s.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is two linear feet in size and contains photographs and scrapbooks relating to the events, festivities, activities, and facilities created and supported by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The collection covers a time period beginning in the 1930s continuing through the 1990s, with the bulk of the material relating to the 1930s and 1950s. The collection reflects the City's concern for recreational activities that address the needs of local youth, teens, and young adults. These activities range from the promotion of hopscotch, marble-shooting, jackstones, O'Leary, kiting and yo-yo contests, to doll shows, parades, fishing derbies, golf tournaments, swimming and diving competitions, team sports, pageants, craft shows, theatrical productions and concerts. It also documents the creation, construction, and expansion of recreational facilities such as parks, playgrounds, and neighborhood club houses.

Series I contains ten folders of photographs from a previous accession in 1999. These are black and white photographs representing events and activities from the 1930s to 1960s. They are stored in the collection's Photograph file. The majority of these pictures depict presentations of awards, team pictures, baseball, and theatrical productions. However, photographs .55 through .58 portray scenes from the municipal transient shelter in the 1930s. There are also several pictures of J.B."Bing Maloney" (former Parks and Recreation Supervisor) throughout this series.

Series II contains thirty-one folders of black and white and color photographs also stored in the collection's Photograph file. Although many of the photographs are unidentified, they clearly document activities and/or events that were sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The majority of these photographs depict adolescent games, contests, parades, festivals, and prize winners. Three photographs (.935, .950, and .951) are oversized. Photographs .319-.763 were loose. Photographs .764-.1127 were retrieved from the scrapbooks. Photographs .240a through .342a were retrieved from a scrapbook previously processed as an artifact. Negatives associated with this series are located in two different storage areas based on their size/format.

Series III contains one document box with thirteen folders of photocopied scrapbooks and clippings collected throughout the years as well as some limited memorabilia and ephemera. Many of these scrapbooks were dismantled and in a state of disarray, but have been reasonably reassembled for context and clarity. These scrapbooks and clippings date from the 1930s through 1960 and are filed chronologically. Many of the associated clippings are from the Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento Union and, in addition to the documentation of events and activities, serve to identify personalities associated with the early history of the Department of Parks and Recreation, such as Arvid Pauley, J.G. Mangan, and J.B. "Bing" Maloney. Of special interest in 1957 is the extensive documentation of that year's Camellia Festival. Articles related to the opening of Fairytale Town can be found in 1959. Among the brochures/memorabilia/ephemera is an undated flyer from McCurry Photo, festival programs, activity brochure, and Fairytale town brochures.

This series also contains one photocopied scrapbook from the 1999 accession (Folder 13). This scrapbook was previously processed as an artifact and was not discovered until after the entire collection had been processed. Upon finding that duplicate numbers had been assigned within the collection, the letter "a" was added to the artifact (scrapbook) number as well as to each of the photograph numbers within the scrapbook. (Artifact .239a containing photographs .240a through .342a).

All photographs that were removed from the scrapbooks can be retrieved using the corresponding photograph number assigned beneath the image in the scrapbook.

Series IV contains one folder concerning caddie information for the 1964 Sunset Camellia Open Invitational Golf Tournament. It includes correspondence, rosters, rules, newspaper clippings and news releases regarding this event. This series was originally processed as a single "unknown" collection under the catalog number 1999/x04/343. Upon discovery that it was actually part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, the catalog entry was deleted and the file incorporated into this collection.

Photographs document recreation activities at and sponsored by Sacramento City Parks.
(Photographs are individually cataloged:
Dates of Accumulation
Finding Aids Container List

Series IPhotographs 1930s-1960s 10ff
Box 1Folders 1-10Photographs .001-.238

Series IIPhotographs 1930s-1990s 31ff
Folders 11-32Photographs .239-.1127 and .240a-.342a
(.935, .950, .951 oversize)

Series IIIScrapbook Photocopies and Memorabilia13ff
Folders 33-45

Box 1Folder 33Scrapbook; 1934-1936
Scrapbook; 1937-1938
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1930's; Camps, Concerts, Easter Egg Hunt, Zoo, Pageants

Folder 34Scrapbook; 1938
J.G. Mangan - Supervisor
Various unidentified photographs of parades, games and events

Folder 35Scrapbook; 1940
Theatre, Summer Fun, May Pageant, Easter, Playground Crafts,
Camp Sacramento, Marble and Hopscotch Winners, Costume
Parade, Sacramentans at Work and Plan, Softball

Folder 36Newspaper Clippings; 1945-46
Juvenile Delinquency, Playground Activities, Articles featuring Col. J.B. Maloney, Easter Egg Hunts

Folder 37Scrapbook; 1950-1953
Photographs featuring boating, playgrounds, games, fishing derby,
Swimming classes; Newspaper clippings featuring craft shows,
Halloween activities, summer activities, Christmas show, Easter

Folder 38Scrapbook; 1954
Christmas Show photographs, playground schedules; Doll, Hobby,
Handicraft and Amateur Show, Table Tennis Tournament, Domino Tournament, Racer Derby, Fish Derby, May Show, Easter Play
Days, Marble Champs, Hopscotch, Kiting, Yo-yo, Recreation
Meetings and Conferences

Folder 39Scrapbook; 1955
Fish Derby, Halloween, Baseball and Softball Champs, Playground
Activities, Marbles Tournament, Racer Derby, Easter Play Days,
Kiting, City Yo-yo Champs, Adult Recreation Activities

Folder 40Scrapbook; 1956
Playground Activities, Tetherball, Yo-yo, Weekly Activities, Teen Center and Council, Camellia Show Events, Camellia Ball, Parade, Festival, Camellia Queen, Yo-yo winners.

Folder 41Scrapbook; 1957
Extensive coverage of 1957 Camellia Show and Festival Events

Folder 42Scrapbook; 1959
Marble Champion, Yo-yo champions (with photographs),
Christmas Pageant, Building of Fairytale Town

Folder 43Newspaper Clipping; 1960's
Various activities and programs

Folder 44Memorabilia
Brochures, Programs, Ephemera

Folder 45Scrapbook; 1935-1945
Various photographs of events, parades, activities

Series IV1964 Caddie Information Sunset Camellia Open Invitational Golf Tournament

Box 1Folder 46Correspondence, rosters, rules, news releases

Admin/Biographical History Administrative History
Efforts to establish public recreation facilities in Sacramento were first attempted in 1908. At that time, citizens organized what was then called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. However, when Sacramento adopted the commission form of government in 1918, a Board of Playground Commissioners was formed that functioned under a Commissioner of Parks. When the city adopted a new charter in 1921, a Department of Recreation was established to plan, develop and administer recreational programs, activities and facilities targeting the needs of Sacramento's youth. Since that time, the department has experienced steady growth, becoming an integral part of city government that operates numerous playgrounds, swimming pools, camps, community centers, a stadium, golf courses, athletic fields and many other recreational facilities. Due to supplemental W.P.A. recreation services, the scope of the department widened in the 1930s to include activities and events related to the fields of music, drama, and art. In the mid-1950s, the department began offering classes, workshops, and other programs targeting Sacramento's senior population.
Until sometime in the 1960s, the department publicized its activities through the two local newspapers, the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union. During this time, the Department of Recreation became known as the Department of Parks and Recreation, reflecting its administration of both recreational activities and local park services, including maintenance of developed parks and open spaces with playgrounds, play equipment, picnic areas, sports fields, basketball courts, boat launch ramps, restrooms, community centers and other special centers. Many miles of parkways, waterways and off-street bikeways are also maintained by this department. Additionally, Parks Services provides grounds maintenance for several city facilities and pedestrian areas including City Hall, the Crocker Art Museum and the K Street Mall.
Eventually, the range of activities and events became so extensive that the department began publication of its own Recreation and Community Services Directory. Today, this brochure is published three times a year, supplemented by additional neighborhood publications specific to four geographic locations within the city. Beginning in the late 1990s or early 2000s, these publications became available in an online format.

Since its earliest inception, the Department of Parks and Recreation has focused on providing the citizens of Sacramento with quality services and facilities that are age appropriate and family oriented. By providing parks, programs, facilities, and preserving open space and the urban forest, the Department aims to optimize the experience of living, thus promoting its vision as a catalyst for making Sacramento "the most livable city in California."

Classification Parks