On September 7, 1999, Governor Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 742 (Chapter 360, Statutes of 1999), creating a new Local Government Records Program, to be administered by the California State Archives. This law went into effect on January 1, 2000.

The Local Government Records Program is a work in progress and the attached guidelines include inputs from many sources. The program is being built from ground up with very limited resources. We thank you for your patience as the California State Archives moves forward with this program and solicit your comments and suggestions.

Local Government Records Management Guidelines(PDF)

Historical Records of County Government in California, revised 2004(PDF)

For researchers interested in viewing local government records held at the California State Archives, please review this list of county records that may be in hard copy or on microfilm.

For questions concerning local government records, contact ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov.