October 4, 2012

Contact: Shannan Velayas
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Be a California History Scholar During Archives Month

SACRAMENTO - As California Archives Month gets under way, Secretary of State Debra Bowen is inviting Californians young and old to take part in the many events hosted by local and statewide groups that highlight our state’s historical resources.

"The state's most important historic records have been collected and preserved at the Secretary of State's office since California became a state," said Secretary Bowen, the custodian of the State Archives. "With the help of the great staff at our State Archives it's easy to be a history scholar all year long, and Archives Month is a perfect time to stop by for a peek at some of the many fascinating collections."

Since 1850, the Secretary of State's office has been home to the California State Archives, which include the complete records of the official acts of the legislative and executive branches of state government, as well as Golden State history in the form of tens of millions of documents, maps, photographs, film and audio recordings, and other treasures.

To celebrate California Archives Month, the Secretary of State’s State Archives Division will host the following events.

Both events are free and will take place at the Secretary of State’s State Archives building at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. The California Archives Month poster and additional information is at www.calarchivesmonth.org.

The State Archives hold approximately 115,000 cubic feet of records in secure, climate-controlled rooms stretching over six floors of a Sacramento building. Among the archives are:

For more 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.



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