October 1, 2014
Contact: Nicole Winger
SACRAMENTO - As California Archives Month gets under way, Secretary of State Debra Bowen is inviting Californians to learn about their own history and attend events hosted by state and local groups.
"If you have an interest in California's colorful past or want to learn how to better preserve your own family history, Archives Month is a perfect time to begin your journey," said Secretary Bowen, the custodian of the State Archives. "I also encourage people to add to California’s history by sharing their experiences and observations through our writing contest."
The Secretary of State's Archives Division will host three free events this month.
Events will take place at the Secretary of State’s building at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. The California Archives Month poster and more information are at www.calarchivesmonth.org.
Since 1850, the Secretary of State has been the custodian of the California State Archives, which includes the official acts of the legislative and executive branches of state government, as well as Golden State history in tens of millions of documents, maps, photographs, film and audio recordings, and artifacts. The State Archives houses approximately 119,000 cubic feet of records in a secure, climate-controlled environment.
For information about the California State Archives collections and upcoming events, or for assistance in a historical research project, go to www.sos.ca.gov/archives.