California History Section

Current Display

While we are closed to in-person visitors, please enjoy some of the online exhibits created by the State Library’s Exhibits and Preservation unit!

Current Projects

See what the State Library and the History Room have been up to during quarantine!

Events and Presentations

Check out our videos and see what we’ve been up to! If you would like to arrange for a Zoom presentation for your group, please contact us.

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, and ephemeral items such as 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!