The mission of the Historical Society and Museum of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is to identify, collect, preserve, document, exhibit, and interpret material evidence and information of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The Cal Fire Museum’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images from the 1950s to the 1980s. These include training films, fire prevention public service announcements, recruitment films, and other works documenting the evolution of fire management in a changing landscape.
The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy Archives collects, preserves, and interprets records of the work done by the California Academy of Sciences, the history of science in the American West, and the research of scientists throughout the Pacific Rim. Our collections include over 70,000 digital images, 100,000 prints and negatives, 3,000 reels of film, significant natural history illustrations and paintings, manuscripts and assorted text, and a small (but growing) collection of software and other digital records. From the handwritten minutes of the first meeting of the Academy in April 1853 to backups of the Academy’s Twitter feed, the Academy Archives is the institutional memory of the California Academy of Sciences.
The California Academy of Sciences’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving image and audio recordings from the 1940s to the 2000s. The majority of the collection consists of educational videos on life sciences, including many complete episodes of the television program Science in Action hosted by Earl Stannard Herald. Also included are oral histories and documentary footage of Hik-A-Nation, a 1980 cross-country hike organized to draw attention to the state of America’s hiking trails.
The California Automobile Museum (formerly the Towe Auto Museum) is a spacious 72,000 square foot Museum. It is home to over 150 vehicles of various makes and models. Cars on exhibit range from the early 1900s to alternative power vehicles of the future and are all uniquely displayed chronologically among exhibits befitting the times and changes of the automobile.
The California Automobile Museum’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. These recordings document local auto shows, races, and the museum's auto collection.
California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California's native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered.
The California Botanic Garden’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images, still images, and text materials from the 1920s to the 1990s. The collection includes historical leaflets and lectures on California horticulture, as well as images and maps documenting the development of the California Botanic Garden.
California College of the Arts, formerly California College of Arts and Crafts, was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer, along with Xavier Martinez, Perham Nahl, and Isabelle Percy West. Originally in Berkeley, California, the college moved to its Oakland campus in 1922. Another campus in San Francisco was established in 1986.
The California College of the Arts Libraries have many collections that go beyond the typical books and journals you'd expect in an academic library. We have collections that are designed to support the manifold nature of learning at the California College of the Arts, as well as archives meant to preserve the history of the college and its related creative practices.
The California College of the Arts Libraries’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images and still images from the late 1940s to the early 2000s. These include works by various students and members of the Capp Street Project, footage of campus activities, interviews with artists and intellectuals like Raymond Saunders and Marlon Riggs, as well as a large number of Robert Sommer’s remarkable photographs of sculptures created in the Emeryville mudflats.
The Caltrans Transportation Library holds a selection of historical materials that include documents, photographs, maps, and objects that document the road and bridge history of the Department.
The Caltrans Transportation Library's digital collection at California Revealed contains two oral history series and a short series of early biennial and annual reports produced when the Department of Transportation was known respectively as the Department of Highways then the Division of Highways within the Department of Public Works.
The Highway Recollection series consists of tape recordings and transcripts of interviews of retired engineers, highway maintenance workers, administrators, and other personnel. Participants share their insights on past highway development and changes within the Department. The oral history tapes were produced by Department volunteers, Caltrans History Preservation Committee and District 3 history committee members in the late 1970’s. Twenty-one interviews are included in the series.
The Loma Prieta series was developed by District 4 administration in the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The professional and personal experiences of 258 Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State’s damaged transportation system in the earthquake’s aftermath were documented. The oral recording project was quickly organized and completed within three months while memories were fresh. The interviews are informal and of varying lengths. The participants were selected from a cross section of jobs and geographic areas to better illustrate the size and scope of the disaster.
Early Reports on California highway development
Biennial reports (1895-1906) issued to the governor by the Department of Highways in California and another group of annual reports (1948-1960) issued by Division of Highways within the Department of Public Works. These reports provide an overview on highway development in California.
Also included is a 1925 Study of the State Highway system in California and the first biennial report (1922) when the Department became the Division of Highways within the Department of Public Works.
Since 1871, the California Historical Society has been telling the stories of individuals and communities through exhibitions and educational programs, and by providing free access to our expansive and remarkable collections. We steward one of the most important holdings of primary and secondary resources documenting California’s social, cultural, economic, and political history and development. With stunning art works on canvas, maps, ephemera, posters, broadsides, periodicals, and newspapers relating to the history of California and the West from the early explorations to the present time, the California Historical Society collection is an essential resource to anyone seeking to better understand California.
The California Historical Society’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of still images, moving images, and audio recordings from the early 1900s to the present day. These recordings include film footage and photographs documenting the Peoples Temple; home movies from a Corcoran, California family; historical film footage of Donner Pass; episodes of the radio program Down on the Farm; and oral histories with San Francisco labor organizers.
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Archives was formally established in 1968 to serve as the collective memory of the California Institute of Technology. Our mission is to preserve and make accessible the institutional records, personal papers, documents, artifacts and pictorial materials that tell the school's history.
The California Institute of Technology Archives’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images, audio recordings, still images, and text materials from the 1920s through the early 2000s. The collection includes complete episodes of AirTalk, a daily talk show in Southern California; recordings of the Earnest C. Watson Caltech Lecture Series; and footage of the Hale telescope, Albert Einstein, and other related subjects.
The California Judicial Center Library is a law library serving the Justices and staff of the California Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District and staff of the Judicial Council of California. All state and federal primary legal resources and major secondary legal resources are found in California Judicial Center Library collections. Special Collections/Archives at California Judicial Center Library collects the personal papers and other memorabilia of past and present California Supreme Court justices and other notable legal scholars, as well as the archives of the California Supreme Court Historical Society.
The California Judicial Center Library’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of audio recordings from the late 1980s through the early 2000s. The collection is primarily composed of oral arguments presented before the California Supreme Court.
The California Nursery Company – Roeding Collection preserves the history of the California Nursery Company in a museum and historical park in Fremont, California.
The California Nursery Company - Roeding Collection’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images and text materials from the 1920 through 1960s. The collection primarily consists of richly illustrated garden catalogs and planting guides, written in both English and Spanish, as well as the Roeding family’s home movies and footage of garden shows.
The Special Collections and Archives department of the Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo was established in 1969 to build primary source research collections that reflect and support the polytechnic curriculum of the university.
Major subject areas in the collections include architects, architecture and the built environment of California; book arts; environmental history; ethnic studies; fine printing; graphic arts; Julia Morgan; landscape architecture in California; San Luis Obispo regional history; social history; and William Randolph Hearst and San Simeon.
The California Polytechnic State University Special Collections and Archives’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images and audio recordings from the 1930s to the 1970s. These recordings document the Cal Poly campus, agricultural programs, regular campus activities like football games and the Poly Royal events, and prominent visitors to campus such as Ronald Reagan and Bobby Seale.
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 Archives’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images, audio recordings, text materials, and still images dating from the 1910s through the early 1990s. Among the many highlights of this expansive collection are historical public service announcements related to emergency preparedness and labor and environmental regulations; campaign advertisements created by the pioneering campaign consulting firm Whitaker and Baxter; films and videos created by the California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Corrections; recordings of the Senate’s Un-American Activities Committee; documents from political campaigns for Earl Warren and Jesse Unruh; and interviews with prominent figures such as Cesar Chavez.