California History HOME - Subjects

California and Local History Research Guide: CSU Montery Bay Library has provided this list of California History sites specializing in primary source material in California History. Excellent links to the history of ethnic and cultural groups in California.

California Heritage Collection: "The California Heritage Collection is an online archive of more than 30,000 images illustrating California's history and culture, from the collections of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Selected from nearly two hundred individual collections, this unique resource uses the latest online archiving techniques to highlight the rich themes of California's history. The California Heritage Collection is part of the Online Archive of California, a compilation of finding aids, or guides, to archival collections at more than 30 institutions."


California History Museums: This website is a directory of Historical Museums in California, categorized by county. Information is provided for early California peoples, local place histories, genealogy data, history timelines, museum exhibits and historic old photos to viewable online. Created and maintained by CensusFinder.


California Pioneer Project: This is a directory of resources for genealogical research in California. Includes a California Pioneer List, county information, libraries and databases, historical and genealogical societies and a bibliography of diaries and journals.


California State Library Links Page: "The internet sites listed below are provided by organizations outside the California State Library. Staff of the Library have selected these particular sites as convenient sources of information to supplement the main collections of the State Library and to further its mission to serve the information needs of all California citizens."


Early California Population Project: The Early California Population Project (ECPP) provides public access to all the information contained in California's historic mission registers, including baptism, marriage, and burial records of the Indians, soldiers, and settlers of Alta California from 1769 - 1850.


H-California Study of California History: H-net has provided online resources on the study of California History.


Online Archive of California: "Collection Highlights The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available."


San Francisco History Index: This site offers a detailed index to information and resources on the history of San Francisco.


SFGenealogy: "This site contains a browsable and searchable list of birth records, marriages, obituaries, and death records "transcribed from historic San Francisco newspapers," mainly before 1906. Includes related articles and full-text books; research tips; a profile of San Francisco cemeteries; maps; and research tips and annotated links to libraries, archives, museums, and government agencies."


Southern California before 1900: "Features chronologies including The Chumash, The First European Contact, The Spanish Incursion, and The American Conquest." A few sites have not been updated recently.



California Genealogical Society: "The California Genealogical Society, organized in San Francisco on February 12, 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The Society offers research services, online one-of-a-kind genealogical indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world."


California Historical Society: The North Baker Research Library, housed at the CHS headquarters in San Francisco, provides an extensive collection of manuscripts, maps, posters, printed ephemera, books, and pamphlets that can be utilized in genealogical research.


California History Lectures: "The Bancroft Library is pleased to present a series of seven lectures of California history, first recorded before a live audience in its Edward H. Heller Reading Room on the University of California, Berkeley campus and broadcast on KQED FM. These one-hour lectures include a 10-minute question and answer period with the audience, moderated by Dr. Charles Faulhaber, Director of The Bancroft Library."


California Home Page: The official home page for the State of California. Go to the following link, Early California History - "California As I Saw it": "First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849 - 1900, collection contains 190 books about individual experiences in and on the way to California during and after the Gold Rush."


California State Capitol Museum: This site offers virtual tours, a multimedia library, teacher's resources and a citizen's guide. To see all the features of the Museum, run the website in Internet Explorer 8 compatibility view by clicking the button just to the right of the navigation bar.


Center for California Studies: "The Center for California Studies is a public service, educational support, and applied research institute of California State University, Sacramento. It is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of California's government, politics, peoples, cultures and history."


Daughters of the American Revolution: "For more than a century, the members of the California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today's society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890."


Gold Rush: An excellent site for finding general information on the California Gold Rush when James Wilson Marshall found gold in the tailrace of Sutter's mill on January 24, 1848.


Primary Sources on the Web: "Students and researchers now have greater access to primary source materials for historical research than ever before. The traditional use of sources available in print and microfilm continues to be the foundation for research, but in some cases documents, letters, maps, photographs of ancient artifacts and other primary material are available online in different formats from free websites or subscription services on the Internet. This guide is written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association."

Sacramento History Online: This digital library is a joint project of four Sacramento County institutions: the California State Library's California History Room, the California State Railroad Museum Library, the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, and the Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room. As a local history site it will offer Web access to primary source materials and rare historical images relating to the history of early Sacramento.