The California State Archives' Education Program staff is currently developing more online educational resources based on our collections and online exhibits to support K-12 and college classrooms! Stay tuned for new materials that cover key periods of California history and are aligned with national and state curriculum standards.

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New 4th and 5th Grade Onsite Research Programs

The California State Archives will be hosting one-hour activity sessions for California 4th and 5th grade elementary students to foster research skills and explore California history through primary source documents in our collection.  Activities will center on skills needed for basic archival research as well as activities that will help students explore and better understand historic documents held at the State Archives.

Email to reserve a date and time for your visit. 

New Educational Videos for All Audiences

Teacher and Student Guides

Historical Postcards (Grades 9-10)

California LGBTQ+ History (Grades 11-12)

Photography (Grades 7-12)

California Women's Suffrage and Women in Politics (Grades 9-12)

Representations of Native Americans in Past and Present Visual Culture (Grades 9-12)

World War II: California and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans (Grades 11-12)

California Farmworkers (Grades 6-12)

Stereographs (Grades 6-8) 

California and the Colorado River (Grade 8)

Spanish and Mexican California (Grade 4)

Early California Trademarks (Grades K-4)

The California Gold Rush (Grade 4)

The Transcontinental Railroad (Grades 4-8)

California Women's History (Grades 3-8)