From the United States' earliest days the American West was lauded as a land of uncharted opportunity, with westward expansion the nation's ultimate destiny. California's mid-19th-century Gold Rush further developed the myth of the state's endless possibilities. Late-19th-century descriptions of California as the "Land of Promise" and "Golden State" serve as further evidence of California's mythos and role in the American psyche as a place of affluence and growth. We invite you to view items from the Oviatt Library's Special Collections and Archives that highlight California's role as a land of promise and opportunity.
This exhibition officially opens on February 2nd, 2015