Reference Services

Photograph of the Reference Desk at the California State Archives. Large replica of the State seal is in the background. US Flag on the left, California flag on the right.

The California State Archives is a public research facility and we encourage you to come in person to do your research. If, however, you are unable to visit, Reference Services will perform a limited amount of research for you. We do not have the staffing available to do indepth research or to look for a specific document within a record series. Generally, this means that staff will identify the series most likely to contain the information requested.

Telephone, email, fax, and "snail mail" requests are worked on in the order in which they are received. We do not expedite requests or do "rush" orders. Generally, the research on these requests can be completed in 3-5 business days, but additional time may be required to photocopy and mail the records.

Before submitting your research request or planning your visit, please read information provided on the linked pages below.


Photograph of the Research Room at the California State Archives. Shows several rows of tables and chairs.

Research Room Hours

The Archives Research Room is open to the public Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is closed on state holidays. Materials are not retrieved or copied after 3:30 p.m. although the room remains open for other services during this time.

Research Room Policies & Procedures 

Duplication & Copy Fees

Beginning your research

Contact Information

To contact the Reference Desk, call 916-653-2246 or send an email.