The Caltrans Transportation Library holds a collection of selected historical materials such as documents, photographs, maps, and artifacts that track the history of the Department. In the collection are two oral history series that have been digitized through the California Revealed project.
The "Highway Recollections" series consists of tape recordings and transcripts of interviews with retired engineers, highway maintenance workers, administrators, and other personnel. The participants shared their insights on past highway development and changes within the Department. They were produced by Department volunteers, Caltrans History Preservation Committee and District 3 History Committee members in the late 1970s. There are 21 recordings that have been digitized and are available via streaming.
In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of 258 Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. Caltrans District 4 staff produced the “Loma Prieta series.” It was organized quickly and the informal interviews were completed within three months of the earthquake while memories were fresh. The selected employees cover a cross section of job titles and geographic areas to better illustrate the size and scope of the disaster. Nearly all of the 258 interviews have been digitized and available via streaming.The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1970s to the 2000s. These recordings include an oral history collection conducted with caltrans employees in the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and another oral history collection entitled Highway Recollections, which chronicles the experience of people who worked on California highways.
The History San Jose collection contains print and audiovisual material (text, still images, moving images, and audio) from the 1790s to the 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of KNTV news broadcasts, oral history recordings, and transcripts.
The San Jose Public Library, California Room collection contains texts and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of movies and recordings concerning Frontier Village, a western-themed aumesment park that opened in 1961 and closed in 1980. Other materials include texts from "El Excentrico," a bilingual magazine covering Latino culture in the Santa Clara Valley from 1949 to 1980.
The StoryCenter collection contains video productions from the present day made across the state of California. The videos tell a wide range of stories from California residents, including accounts of the Yolo, Ventura, and Sonoma wildfires, as well as personal stories of community members from Los Angeles to Sacramento to Monterey County.
The University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Special Collections online collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1960s to the 1990s. A majority of the collection consists of video from the Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in California Collection, which documents a major 1982 conference held at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as musical theatrical works, cultural events such as el Dia de los Muertos, and interviews with artists and authors related to Chicano culture and society in California. The collection also includes video from the Sojourner Kincaid Rolle Papers, an African-American poet and playwright, peacemaker, community activist, and television producer.
The University of California, Santa Cruz, Special Collections and Archives collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1960s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of filmed footage documenting local history surrounding the University of California, Santa Cruz. Subjects include The People's Park Riot of 1969, the civil rights movement, and the construction of the university.
The Washington Township Museum of Local History collection contains texts and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1850s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of Washingtonian yearbooks and recorded oral interviews with residents of the Washington Township area. Subjects include the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and local history of Fremont, California.