California Digital Archives

Welcome to the California Digital Archives! Here you will find multiple digital resources (both collections and exhibits) and experience this dramatic step forward for the California State Archives. While just a portion of the State Archives' collection will be available online, our goal is to digitize more material and share it with the people of California and the world. Amazing photographs, colorful trademark specimens, and other original documents reveal past events. Some may shed an unflattering light on past actions but our goal is to present an accurate reflection of history. This will allow us to learn from the past and understand how it evolved into the realities of the present. We hope you enjoy these glimpses into California's history.

Our newest online exhibit, "The California Legislative Black Caucus: Celebrating the Past, Working toward the Future," features photographs, documents, and original works of art that tell the history of the Legislative Black Caucus as it celebrates its 50th year of advocacy.

President Abraham Lincoln dreamed of visiting California and what he called the 'Pacific Shore'. Explore the Golden State that Lincoln would have experienced had he ever been able to make the trip across the country, as presented in this new digital exhibit "A Visit to the Pacific Shore: California in the Age of Lincoln."

World War II changed life in California forever. Take a look at civilian life during WWII through new digital exhibit, "Home Front: California During World War II."

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