The Local Government Records Program (LoCal) is tasked by Government Code section 12236 to:

  • Establish guidelines for local government records retention;
  • Provide archival support and make supporting information available to local government agencies.
  • We are currently updating our resources and information. Email the LoCal team at with any questions. 

Contact Information


California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento CA, 95814

Virtual Office Hours

The Local Government Records Program hosts Office Hours every Thursday from 3 PM to 4 PM via Microsoft Teams.

Reservations are not required. Everyone is welcome to drop-in and ask records management questions. 

Attend our office hours


LoCal seeks out partnerships and communication lines to bring local government records managers together on improving and adapting to changing records management techniques and practices – collaborating through forums, office hours, email, and training classes.

Guidebooks and Training

Our LoCal program analysts conduct research, gather information, and write reports on the best practices for records management, archives, and program development.

Records Management Handbook

The State Archives also provides free online training courses on a number of records management topics for Local Government employees. 

Training Courses

Archives and Preservation Support

In addition to records management, the State Archives is home to leading experts in archival and long-term preservation of public records. Whether for building an entire local archives or just a single collection, we can offer guidance and support.