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Special Collections

Photographs in Our Special Collections

The Special Collections department has been collecting records of the college since 1916. These records include unique artifacts, photographs, and other materials, documenting the history of the college and surrounding area.

The collections are made accessible to users in the Special Collections Room. The department's hours of operation are limited, so be sure to check the schedule at the Library's Special Collections website, or better yet, contact the department to make an appointment.

Far below are just a few of the photo gems Special Collections has provided for us.

Special Collections website

SCC Historical Photographs

SCC Annual Victory Art Ball, 1942

SCC Victory Art Ball, 1942

Although almost forgotten today, one of the earliest and longest lived events produced by Sacramento City College students was the annual Art Ball. For 22 years, from 1927 to 1948, art students astonished the city with their annual fund-raising productions which reportedly rivaled their counterparts in Vienna, Paris, and Chicago. Locally, Sacramento became so enthralled with these events that as many as 5000 people would crowd into the Memorial Auditorium to dance and watch the elaborate pageantry unfold.

Each year art students faced the task of designing and producing their own Art Ball. Weeks of assembling stage sets, costumes, music, and choreography culminated in an hour long stage production. The Art Ball raised unprecedented sums for the Art Scholarship Fund. It united art, drama, music, and even athletic departments, bringing faculty and students together in a close working relationship of mutual respect seldom achieved on any campus.

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Art Class 1950's
SCC Art Class 1950's