The California State Archives collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio), text material, and still images from the 1910s through the early 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of oral histories and government department videos, and include subjects and topics such as prisons, water resources, Jesse Unruh, the Senate Unamerican Activities Committee, and more.
California's first legislature, meeting in 1849–50, charged the Secretary of State to receive "…all public records, registered maps, books, papers, rolls, documents and other writings…which appertain to or are in any way connected with the political history and past administration of the government of California…" The California State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, continues to serve in the spirit of those early instructions, providing a repository for the state's permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history. The California State Archives serves a wide variety of researchers whose interests range from legislative intent and public policy to genealogy and railroad history in California.
Image, text, and audiovisual material documenting over 100 years of California primary and secondary education. Content includes class photos from the turn of the century. Other material includes student drawings from Yuicaipa High School for a project titled, "The War Comes Home."
The Harrison Memorial Library collection contains images, texts, and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1900s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of images depicting theater performances by the Forest Theater of Carmel, California. Subjects also include oral history interviews and written diaries by Herbert Heron, founder and actor of Forest Theater.
The Hartnell College Library collection contains texts, and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the late 1930’s- 1990. The text material primarily consists of yearbooks and the audiovisual material consist of an alumni talk.
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 Monterey County Free Libraries collection contains text and images from the 1880s to 1980s. A majority of the collection consists of correspondence and images concerning World War I, women's history, and labor history.
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.