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and the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District

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Judicial Center Library

Serving the California Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District

California State Building, circa 1920s, postcard by Pacific Novelty Company, California Judicial Center Library



Current Exhibition

Expanding Justice for All:
The Supreme Court of California in Times of Change

The exhibition Expanding Justice for All: The Supreme Court of California in Times of Change will be on display in the Archives Room on the first floor of the Ronald M. George State Office Complex in San Francisco’s Civic Center beginning Spring 2022. Organized by the California Judicial Center Library and the Supreme Court of California, the exhibition features illustrated panels and primary source materials documenting the efforts of diverse Californians to obtain justice before the Supreme Court of California and Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, from 1849 until the present day.


Photograph of Yick Wo’s laundry house. A cart is standing in front of the building, with a horse under an awning and a barely visible person leaning in a doorway. Large amounts of hanging laundry can be seen through the storefront window and on the roof of the building.

Chinese laundry house of Yick Wo, filed January 22, 1886, California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento

A Pomo woman named Cecilia Joaquin is gathering seeds in a field with a basket and seed beater. She is wearing a calico shirt and skirt with her hair pulled back.

Cecilia Joaquin, Pomo woman, gathering seeds, 1924, photograph by Edward S. Curtis, The Library of Congress

Poster announcing a public talk on the Rumford Fair Housing Act to be held in San Francisco on March 22, 1963. The speakers are Senator Eugene McAteer, Assembly Member William Byron Rumford, and NAACP Regional Secretary Tarea Hall Pittman. The poster includes formal portraits of Senator McAteer and Assembly Member Rumford.

A Fair Housing Law in California, March 22, 1963, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon embracing and gazing into each other’s eyes, foreheads touching, at their 2008 marriage ceremony. Lyon is wearing a light blue pantsuit and Martin is wearing a lavender pantsuit with a purple turtleneck. Both women are in their eighties. Attendees weep and clap in the background.

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, 2008, Liz Mangelsdorf/San Francisco Chronicle




Download the exhibition booklet

Download a print-ready version of the exhibition booklet


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The California Supreme Court

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