Currently on Exhibit

"California State Parks: Preserving Our Natural and Cultural Treasures"

Information coming soon!

This exhibit is currently on display in the 4th Floor Research Room at the California State Archives.

Previous Exhibits

"Signs of the Times: California Businesses and Trademark Art"

Signs of the Times Trademark Art poster

"Signs of the Times: California Businesses and Trademark Art,"an exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of California's Trademark Registration Act (Chapter 129, Statutes of 1863), focuses on late 19th and early 20th century trademarks. It features colorful fruit crate labels, clever cigar box labels, and trademarks depicting California state symbols such as grizzly bears, gold miners, and the Great Seal. Other items on exhibit include examples of court cases which further defined trademark law, patent medicine labels, and trademarks used by famous beverage and sweets companies. California began registering certain container brands in 1861, but trademark registration for all types of products began in 1863 (seven years prior to federal legislation). California was the first state in the Union to allow trademark registration, and today those doing business in California still register their trademarks with the Secretary of State. The State Archives preserves trademarks records (1861-1991) as part of the records of the Secretary of State's office.


"All Gave Some, Some Gave All: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial"

Vietnam War Memorial poster

Coinciding with Veterans Day and the 25th anniversary of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park, the California Secretary of State’s Archives Division has mounted a new exhibit of items placed at the memorial. Mementos include uniforms, hats, medals, patches, poems, posters, correspondence, and even a bullet-riddled helicopter blade. Since the memorial’s opening in 1988, visitors have left more than 1,500 items of personal or historical significance at the site. Items left at the site are transferred to the State Archives.


"California Cattle: An Exhibit Focusing on the Parallel Development of the Golden State and its Cattle Industries"

California Cattle Exhibit poster

"California Cattle," an exhibit focusing on the parallel development of the Golden State and its cattle industries, showcases cattle-related records from the collections of the State Archives including Spanish and Mexican land grant maps, colorful product trademarks, and state agency photographs. From the original herd brought to California by Spanish explorers to our state's current status as a leading beef and dairy producer, the exhibit touches on topics such as early California ranches, water rights, legislation regulating the dairy and beef industries, efforts to improve livestock health, the State Fair, and the prize-winning herds of state institutions.


"The Enduring Spirit of 1911: Progressive Reform and Its Impact on the Golden State"

California 1911 Election Exhibit poster

This exhibit explores the consequences of California's October 1911 Special Election. At that time, voters approved a set of constitutional amendments that forever altered the political, social, and economic fabric of the Golden State. One hundred years later, Californians are still living with the impact of the changes wrought by this pivotal election.