The Online Catalog for
the California State Archives
Minerva provides access to summary descriptions of the vast documentary treasures maintained by the California State Archives. A division of the Office of the Secretary of State, the California State Archives is responsible for the management and preservation of state government records. Within the more than 300 million items in its collections are documents from the state's first constitutional convention in 1849, land grant records of the Spanish and Mexican eras, campaign contribution statements, State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal case files, legislative committee files, original laws, papers of many of the state's leading politicians, and large collections of photographs, maps, drawings, and audio/visual materials.
Please be advised that you may encounter recent changes to the information provided in some of our catalog records. We are currently in the process of revising our catalog records in order to more accurately reflect our current access policies.
Cataloging of the collections is ongoing so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at (916) 653-2246 or email the California State Archives.