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California State Librarians

Prior to 1861 the Secretary of State was the ex officio State Librarian. By an act approved March 8, 1861, the position of State Librarian became a separate office.

ex officio State Librarians (1849 - 1862)
William Van Voorhies (1849 - 1853)
James W. Denver (1853 - 1855)
Charles H. Hempstead (1855 - 1857)
David F. Douglass (1857 - 1858)
Ferris Forman (1858 - 1860)
Johnson Price (1860 - 1862)

State Librarians (1861 - present)
William Crapo Stratton (1861 - 1870)
William Neely Johnson (Jan. 24 - Apr. 5, 1870)
Robert Oscar Cravens (Apr. 5, 1870 - 1882)
Talbot H. Wallis (1882 - 1890)
William Dana Perkins (1890 - 1896)
William Pierce Mathews (1896 - 1897)
Edward Dennis McCabe (1897 - 1898)
Frank L. Coombs (1898 - 1899)
James L. Gillis (1899 - 1917)
Milton J. Ferguson (1917 - 1930)
Mabel R. Gillis (1930 - 1951)
Carma Leigh (1951 - 1972)
Ethel Crockett (1972 - 1980)
Gary E. Strong (1980 - 1994)
Dr. Kevin Starr (1994 - 2004)
Susan Hildreth (2004 - 2009)
Stacey Aldrich (2009-2012)
Gerald Maginnity, Acting State Librarian (2012 - 2014)
Greg Lucas (2014 - present)

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  • The California State Library Foundation Bulletin
    Number 43, April 1993, includes a photograph and office years for the California State Librarian from 1899 - 1980. Number 68, 2000, includes biographies of State Librarians from 1850 to 2000.

Last updated by harbisons on March 26, 2014

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