My name is Michael Dolgushkin, and I work as manuscript processing librarian in the California History Section at the California State Library. This involves evaluating, organizing, and cataloging collections of practically anything one can think of involving California history (and not just "manuscripts"). I am a native of San Francisco, and lived there and on the Peninsula until 1996, when my wife Beth and I moved to Carmichael. I subsequently went back to school and earned a Bachelors in History at California State University, Sacramento, a Masters in Public History from the same institution, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. I also volunteer in the Sacramento Room at the Sacramento Public Library's Central Branch most Thursday evenings.
My interest in San Francisco history dates back to age three, when an elderly man in the neighborhood gave me a copy of Zoeth S. Eldredge's 1912 work The Beginnings of San Francisco. This fascination has often focused on the history of the city's street railways; accordingly I have been collaborating with rail historian Emiliano Echeverria on several projects, among them an Arcadia book on the California Street cable cars and a forthcoming work on the Market Street Railway Company of 1893, San Francisco's first major consolidation of privately owned horse and cable lines. My interest in San Francisco also extends to its musical history; being co-author of multiple editions of DeadBase, a statistical work on the Grateful Dead. My credits also include articles for the California State Library Foundation Bulletin, the CSUS History department journal CLIO, the Grateful Dead journal Dead Letters, and the CrownCappers Exchange, a bottle cap collectors' newsletter. Aside from the above, I have long worked as a graphic artist and have designed thousands of posters and fliers for legendary Bay Area musicians.