The California Academy of Sciences Films and Videos collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to the 2000s. The majority of the collection consists of educational videos on life sciences, including episodes of the television program Science in Action, presented by Earl Stannard Herald.
The California Automobile Museum collection contains audiovisual material (moving images) from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Formerly known as the Towe Auto Museum, the majority of the collection consists of footage of the museum's auto collection when it was known as the Towe, local auto shows, California auto races, and more.
The California Botanic Garden collection contains texts and images from the 1920s to the 1990s. A majority of the collection consists of images of the garden property, tours by staff, and booklets documenting native California horticulture.
The California College of the Arts collection contains movies and images from the late 1940s to the early 2000s. The collection features works by various students and members of the Capp Street Project, footage of campus activities, as well as interviews with artists and intellectuals like Raymond Saunders and Marlon Riggs.
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 California Historical Society collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1900s to present day. These recordings include film footage from the Peoples Temple (the Jonestown Massacre) shot by residents of the camp, home movies from a Corcoran, California family, historical film footage of Donner Pass, and an oral history of San Francisco labor organizers.
The California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) Archives collection contains texts, images and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) spanning from the 1920s through the early 2000s. The majority of the collection consists of issues of the Engineering and Science journal, episodes of AirTalk, the Earnest C. Watson Caltech Lecture Series and other science lectures, as well as subjects and topics ranging from technical footage to the Hale telescope, Albert Einstein, and more.
The California Judicial Library collection contains audio files from the late 1980s through the early 2000s. The collection is primarily composed of oral arguments presented in front of the California Supreme Court.
The California Nursery Company - Roeding Collection contains text materials from the 1920’s-1960s relating to California Horticulture. The collect, featuring materials in both English and Spanish, primarily consists of catalogs from the California Nursery Company.
The California Polytechnic State University Special Collections and Archives collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1930s to the 1970s. The majority of the collection consists of nonfiction films including home movies and amateur filming documenting agricultural life.
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.
The California State Library collection contains text and still images spanning from the late 1700s through the modern era. This expansive collection contains California Automobile Registrations, local and industry newspapers and newsletters, California magazines, and include subjects and topics such as the motion picture industry, State budgets, the diversity of California, and much more.
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