California Revealed Initiative


California Revealed is a State Library initiative to help California's public libraries, in partnership with other local heritage groups, digitize, preserve, and serve online historically significant Californiana (e.g., books, documents, audiovisual recordings). Participating libraries identify and select from their collections, create discovery metadata for the selected materials, and send materials together with associated metadata to a digital preservation service managed by the California Preservation Program (CPP).

The CPP digital preservation service:

  • inspects the condition of materials received from participating libraries
  • confirms materials received against their associated metadata
  • processes and sends materials to digitization service providers
  • performs quality control on digital objects received from service providers
  • uploads digital objects and their metadata to the California Revealed digital asset management system for online access
  • provides digital preservation

See California Revealed for information on participation in the project.

Phase 1 of California Revealed, a planning phase, was completed in October 2016. The current phase, November 2016 forward, is focused on production and is dedicated to accomplishing digitization, digital preservation, and digital access goals identified in the first phase of the project.

For Participants

Listserv: Please contact Janet Coles to subscribe.


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For further information, please contact:

Barclay Ogden
Project Manager, California Revealed
California Preservation Program

State Library Project Monitor: Rebecca Wendt