Welcome to the California State Archives' online exhibits and collections! Here you will find multiple digital resources (collections, exhibits, and selected collections) from the California State Archives' holdings. 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.
Online Mini Tours
Google Arts & Culture Online Exhibits
Archived Research Room Exhibits
Selected Collections on Special Topics
2023 Latino Heritage Month Revisited Collection
2023 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Revisited Collections
Visit one of our powerful exhibits to learn more about the first Asian and first female Secretary of State of California, March Fong Eu, the Incarceration of Japanese Americans in California during World War II, and the Chinese immigrants who built the Transcontinental Railroad.
2023 Women's History Month Revisited Collections
Visit these exhibits to learn more about the fight for women’s suffrage in California and the first Asian and first female Secretary of State in California, March Fong Eu.
2023 Black History Month Revisited Collections
Visit this collection to explore a celebratory exhibit on California’s Black trailblazers, a curated web page centered on our records related to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the history behind the incredible early twentieth-century town created by Col. Allen Allensworth.
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
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.