About the California History Section

California this summer. Travel by Train Poster. Lithograph, 1910-1959 Sacramento Capitol Building. Eureka Winery Co. Poster 19th-Century Sheet Music Printed in California The Barometer. Weekly folio size paper. Barque Mary Waterman. 1850 Southern Pacific's Daylight Poster Miners Coat of Arms. Lithographed & Published by Britton & Rey, San Francisco.

The California History Section holds a premier collection of documents from and about California's rich history. Our vaults house thousands of rare books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals in addition to a huge collection of one-of-a-kind photographs, letters, paintings, posters, pamphlets, and sheet music. Regardless of whether you're a serious researcher, a fourth grader or an average person visiting Sacramento, we'll have a resource for you!

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California History collections

Online Resources

California genealogy resources

Research guides

California History Room databases

Visiting and Events

Reproductions, Copyright and Fair Use

Exhibits and Displays


Other web resources

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