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.
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 Military Museum collection contains audiovisual material (moving images) from the 1930s to the 1980s. The majority of the collection consists of informational and promotional videos from the U.S. military, and includes subjects and topics such as the National Guard and military weapons.
The Archives cares for and provides access to documents that tell the story of the State Park System in California and the Department's stewardship collections. 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.
State Park System Collections
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. Finding aids developed to assist researchers in locating materials include internal and external electronic databases and documents, registers and guides hosted by the Online Archive of California, the Photographic Archives, and selected artifact records cataloged in the Statewide Museum Records System.
The California State Parks, California Citrus State Historic Park collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1980s to the 2000s. These include the National Orange Company Oral History Program audio as well as the "Living on the Dime" moving images. "Living on the Dime" examined the effects of economic growth, the concept of progress and environmental impacts of freeway-centered development on communities along Interstate 10 or 'The Dime' throughout Inland Southern California.
The California State Parks Monterey District collection contains audiovisual material (audio) from the 1970s and 1980s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews and oral histories from local residents, and include subjects and topics such as Big Sur and various California State Parks.
The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Special Collection Archives collection contains audiovisual (moving images and audio) and text material from the 1930s through the 2010s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews, lecture series and oral histories from the campus, and includes subjects and topics such as the Rose Parade, higher education, Pomona history, and more.
The California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives collection contains audiovisual material (moving images, audio), 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.
The California State University, Bakersfield collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1930s to the 1970s. The majority of the collection are home movies and oral histories, and include subjects and topics such as Kern County, Yosemite, war relief efforts, and more.
The California State University, Chico, Meriam Library collection contains audio files from the 1960s to the 1970s. The majority of the collection consists of oral history and folklore, including storytelling performed by Hector Lee.
The California State University, Dominguez Hills collection contains audiovisual materials (moving images, audio) from the 1940s to the 2000s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews and political material, including a short TV segment featuring Pat Brown and Richard Nixon.
The California State University, Fresno, Henry Madden Library collection contains audio material from the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of the collection consists of interviews, oral histories and song recordings, and includes subjects and topics such as Mono Indians, North Fork, the Sierra Indian Festival and more.