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.


NEW Exhibit!

The Price of Gold: Looking Back at California's First Constitution

California Audio Visual Preservation Program (CAVPP)

In partnership with 108 libraries, archives and museums, the California Preservation Program provides digitization, preservation and access services for historic California audiovisual recordings. The "California Light and Sound" collection of recordings provides "glimpses and whispers" of our state's rich audiovisual heritage.  The Project gathers best archival practices for moving image and sound preservation and establishes low-cost, practical, standards to help collecting organizations move from the analog age to the digital age. Access is provided by the Internet Archive for teaching, research and study. Storage of files for long-term preservation is provided by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project.  Click on the link below to view the 118 items from the California State Archives’ collection that the California Preservation Program has digitized as part of the CAVPP.

Online Mini Tours


Archives Mini Tours

Online Collections

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Japanese Incarceration during WWll Exhibit Button

William McCarthy Photograph Collection Exhibit Button

California Digital Archives Trademarks Exhibit Button

Online Exhibits

The California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus: Working Towards Change in the Golden State


Yosemite: California's First State Park

March Fong Eu Exhibit Banner

Alfred Eichler Exhibit Button

Unite the Nation Campaign Exhibit Button

California World War 1 Exhibit Button

Whitaker and Baxter Campaigns button

Allensworth Exhibit Banner

Legislative Black Caucus Exhibit Button

California Road Trip Exhibit Button

Spanning the Bay Exhibit Button

Pacific Shore Age of Lincoln Exhibit Button

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California Witch Hunt Banner

Civil War image in red white and blue of a soldier holding the American flag.

California Memoirs Exhibit Button

Home Front Exhibit Button

California State Parks Exhibit Button


Selected Collections on Special Topics

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Records

Robert F. Kennedy Resources

Press resources relating to the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s victory in the California Primary for the Democratic nomination for President, as well as his tragic assassination.

Women Get the Right to Vote