Innocents Abroad: Travels With the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor
A small gallery of images from San Francisco Public Library's annual wit & humor exhibition. This year's show is Innocents Abroad: Travels with the Schmulowitz Collections of Wit & Humor. In the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library, April 1 through May 31, 2012.

Between 1926 and 1959, Nat Schmulowitz traveled to Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Orient, scouring bookshops along the way for the books and periodicals he would eventually give to the library. His collection would become the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH), becoming the largest collection of its kind in a public library.

We currently hold over 22,000 volumes, more than 250 periodical titles, electronic media and ephemera, in thirty-five languages; a deep and expansive research collection in the multidisciplinary field of wit & humor.

Follow this link to our blog What's on the Sixth Floor for more information on the exhibition and highlights from the collection:

Follow this link to search our online catalog for materials in the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor:

Rights: Permission to use this image commercially must be obtained from the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF, CA 94102 ( When using this image please credit: SCHMULOWITZ COLLECTION OF WIT & HUMOR, BOOK ARTS & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY.
38 photos · 349 views