RICHARD B. RICE is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay. He received the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a staff assistant to the president and assistant to the vice president of the University of California before going to California State University, Hayward, where he also served as a department chairman, division head, and dean. He taught United States and California history at Hayward from 1960 to 1995.
WILLIAM A. BULLOUGH is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay. He received His Ph.D. degree from University of California Santa Barbara in 1970 after teaching for ten years in the state public schools. He is the author of Cities and Schools in the Gilded Age: The Evolution of an Urban Institution (1974), The Blind Boss and His City: Christopher Augustine Buckley and Nineteenth Century-San Francisco (1979), and articles in The San Francisco Irish, 1850-1976, James P. Walsh, ed., 1978), The Historian, Pacific Historical Review, California History, The Journal of Ventura County History, and Darkroom Photography. Professor Bullough is an accomplished photographer who has written articles on and spoken about the subject, and exhibited and published his prints. He is currently engaged in investigation of the work of local nineteenth-century photographers for use as historical documents and editing a selection of his own work for exhibition, when not tinkering with a vintage MG.
RICHARD J. ORSI is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay. A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published articles and book reviews in California History, Pacific Historian, Agricultural History, Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Pacific Historical Review, Western Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and Oregon Historical Quarterly. He is the author of A List of References for the History of Agriculture in California (1974) and Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930 (2005). He is editor emeritus of California History, the quarterly of the California Historical Society. He edited (with Alfred A. Runte and Marlene Smith-Baranzini) Yosemite and Sequoia: A Century of California National Parks (1993), other anthologies of essays on historical themes of California, and the California History Sesquicentennial Series, four volumes of essays authored by leading scholars interpreting early California history, copublished by the University of California Press and the California Historical Society, 1998-2003.
MARY ANN IRWIN attended Mesa Community College in San Diego, received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her M.A. from San Francisco State University. She is an adjunct faculty member at several San Francisco Bay Area colleges, teaching the history of women, California, the United States, and the American West at Diablo Valley College, Chabot College, Laney, and San Francisco State University. Her published works include two books--Robert W. Cherny, Mary Ann Irwin, and Ann Marie Wilson, eds., Women and Politics: California from the Gold Rush to the Great Depression (University of Nebraska Press, 2011) and James F. Brooks and Mary Ann Irwin, eds., Women and Gender in the American West: Jensen-Miller Essays from the Coalition for Western Women's History (University of New Mexico Press, 2004)—and several articles, including "Sex, War, and Community Service: The Battle for San Francisco's Jewish Community Center,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (May 2011); "'The Air is Becoming Full of War:' Jewish San Francisco and World War I," Pacific Historical Review (August 2005); and "'Going About and Doing Good': The Politics of Benevolence, Welfare, and Gender in San Francisco, 1850-1880," Pacific Historical Review (August 1999) (Winner, 1999 Joan Jensen-Darlis Miller Prize, Best Article on the history of women in the American West). She is supposed to be writing a history of San Francisco's Emanu-El Sisterhood for Personal Service, but teaching and other writing projects keep interfering.