Library Celebrates American Archive Month
On Thursday, October 26th as part of American Archive Month, the library was honored to host Brad Parberry, Sookie Koban, Jennifer Chen, and other members of the Cavallini & Co family for, The Story of Cavallini Paper. Cavallini produces, designs, hand-assembles, and hand-packs their high quality gift and stationery from their South San Francisco headquarters.
Cavallini was first established in the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco in 1989 by Brad Parberry, it was named after Parberry’s grandmother to commemorate her life and the family ties to Italy. The company's first product was their iconic large-format calendars, inspired by an art calendar Brad bought in Perugia, Italy. Since then, Cavallini has grown to include a variety of stationery and gifts. Today, Cavallini is sought out by museums, high design shops, bookstores, and more. It is the Cavallini archive which is the foundation of all the beautiful products, from 19th century anatomical and celestial charts, travel post cards, satire prints, vintage posters, and more- all of which Parberry has been collecting over a lifetime.
As part of their appearance at the library, staff had the opportunity to learn about the company and to visit their extraordinary archive, offices, and warehouse. We received generous treats, Cavallini product, and the grand tour of the facilities. Brad also let us borrow pieces from his San Francisco ephemera collection, which are on display at the Main Public Library throughout November. The night of the program we had over 50 members of our community out to hear the history of Cavallini Papers and were treated not only to an amazing story, but to the amazing generosity of the Cavallini crew, who gifted us with their book, Vintage Ephemera, desk calendars, tea towels, and distinct and elegant wrapping paper suitiable for framing.