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.
The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California's libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you.
The California State Library’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of hundreds of still images spanning the twentieth century. These photographs vividly document home life, industry, agriculture, architecture, recreation, and school life in locations across California.
The California State Military Museum houses over 33,000 artifacts as well a substantial library and archives. In addition to the main facility in Sacramento, the museum also has three satellite museums at Camp Roberts in Monterey County, Camp San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County, and the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (under development) in Orange County. We also oversee non-public Regimental Rooms at the San Diego Armory and other National Guard facilities across the state.
The Major General Walter P. Story Memorial Library and Research Center is one of the finest collections of military history writings in the western United States. With over 10,000 volumes and growing rapidly, the library is one of the state's hidden educational and historical treasures. Topics range from general military history to very specific and one-of-a-kind documents, such as original unit rosters of early California Militia units. Use of the library is free.
The California State Military Museum’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving image recordings from the 1930s to the 1980s. The majority of the collection consists of informational and promotional videos from the U.S. Military, as well as documentary footage of military parades.
The California State Parks Archives cares for and provides access to documents that tell the story of the State Park System in California. The mission of the Archives is to acquire, organize, preserve, and provide access to the cumulative body of reference documents and electronic data required for effective stewardship of the full range of natural and cultural resources present in the State Park System. The Archives is a clearinghouse for studies, surveys, bibliographies, reports, plans, and other records created by Parks staff which have enduring value. Materials collected pertain to the growth and development of the State Park System as a whole, as well as to individual park units.
The California State Parks Archives’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of text materials from the 1870s through the 1890s. Financial ledgers and documents from several mining corporations based in the Bodie Hills provide primary documentation of the California Gold Rush.
The California State Parks, Monterey District provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
The California State Parks, Monterey District’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of audio recordings from the 1970s and 1980s. Interviews and oral histories with local residents relate to subjects such as Big Sur and various California State Parks.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Special Collections and Archives collects, organizes, and preserves Cal Poly Pomona’s rare books and archival collections for use by current and future researchers. These unique interdisciplinary collections center around themes relevant to the mission of the university and the history of the region.
The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Special Collection and Archives’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images, audio recordings, and scrapbooks from the 1930s through the 2010s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews, lectures, and oral histories from the Cal Poly Pomona campus, covering subjects such as the Rose Parade, higher education, Pomona history, and more.
On May 2, 1981, the California State Railroad Museum opened to the public, as did the Museum Library. The library has been an integral component of CSRM since the project's inception. It was clear to the founders of the Museum that a thoughtfully assembled collection of published, manuscript, and pictorial materials would not only enhance the museum's services but also support its conservation and education programs. With this goal in mind, as railroad equipment and artifacts were gathered for study and exhibit, collections staff also acquired documentary materials to form the nucleus of the California State Railroad Museum Library.
The focus of the Library collection is the history of railroads and railroading in California and the adjacent states from the 1850s to the present. Collections also cover selected railroad topics throughout North America, including Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Emphasis is on acquiring materials relating to the social, economic, political, cultural, technological and environmental impacts that the industry has had, and continues to have, on the region.
The California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives’ digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images, audio recordings, texts, and still images from the 1860s through the 2000s. The majority of the collection consists of ephemera related to the railroad industry - including railroad advertisements, time tables, dining car menus, and train car images - and covers subjects and topics such as the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, the Santa Fe Railroad company, and more. Also included are promotional films, oral histories, postcards, and other historical artifacts illuminating the history of California railroads.
One of the primary objectives of the Historical Resource Center at California State University, Bakersfield is to document and preserve the history of the Southern San Joaquin Valley, especially as it relates to architecture, agriculture, the oil industry, migration, indigenous cultures, and music.
The California State University, Bakersfield’s digital collection consists of moving image and audio recordings from the 1930s to the 1970s. The majority of the collection are home movies and oral histories concerning topics such as Kern County, Yosemite, war relief efforts, and more.
The Meriam Library Special Collections and University Archives is a unique regional resource of written and pictorial materials which document the historical as well as the contemporary issues of the 12-county region known as Northeastern California as well as the history of California State University, Chico.
The California State University, Chico, Meriam Library’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of audio recordings from the 1960s to the 1970s. The majority of the collection consists of oral history and folklore, including storytelling performed by Hector Lee.
The Gerth Archives & Special Collection at the California State University, Dominguez Hills University Library is home to the university archives, digital and special collections, rare books, and the archives of the California State University.
The California State University, Dominguez Hills University Library’s 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 interviews and political material, including a short television segment featuring Pat Brown and Richard Nixon; an Upton Sinclair address at Pomona College; and interviews related to Japanese-American life in Los Angeles and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The Special Collections Research Center at California State University, Fresno, Henry Madden Library, is comprised of several specialized book collections, manuscript collections, the University Archives and the Central Valley Political Archive.
The California State University, Fresno, Henry Madden Library’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of audio recordings from the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews, oral histories and song recordings related to Mono Indians, North Fork, the Sierra Indian Festival, and more.
Established in 1967, the University Archives and Special Collections preserves and provides access to the California State University, Fullerton, Paulina June and George Pollak Library’s rarest and most valuable original materials, supports curriculum, and preserves the University’s history.
The California State University, Fullerton, Paulina June and George Pollak Library’s digital collection at California Revealed consists of moving images, audio recordings, and texts from the 1960s to the early 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews and campus lectures, many of which relate to Chicano activism, politics, culture, and history. Prominent campus visitors such as Cesar Chavez and Angela Davis are also featured.