California & Local History

California history sites

African Americans in California
From the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, this site features a searchable catalog of Bancroft's holdings of materials by and about African Americans, with an emphasis on items relating to California and the West. Also includes a timeline and links to related sites.

Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
Rich, heavily used special collection on California history. Information on collections, hours, access. Descriptive information on specific items in the collection is available electronically and some materials have been digitized (see California Heritage links, below), but most materials must be viewed onsite.

"California As I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900
From the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress: full texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting the formative era of California's history through eyewitness accounts.

California Historical Society
Links to information on events, publications, exhibits, and the collections of the North Baker Research Library. Listing of historical agencies and museums by county.

California Mission Studies Association
The CMSA was founded "For the study and preservation of the California missions, presidios, pueblos, and ranchos and their Native American, Hispanic, and early American past." Their web site contains an illustrated glossary of related terms, annotated links to related sites, information on archeological, conservation & preservation projects, a mission directory, articles & book reviews, a section on news and events, a bibliography, newsletter and list of CMSA publications.

California Pioneer Project
Part of the California Genealogy Web websites (, the California Pioneer List is a listing of settlers who migrated to or were born in California prior to 1880.

California State Archives
Information about early California land grants, documents and other records, including those stored at the former capital, Monterey.

California State Historic Landmarks
From the California Office of Historic Preservation, a listing by county of historic places and landmarks.

The University of California's gateway to thousands of digitized primary source items that "reveal the diverse history and culture of California."

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925
Maintained by the Bancroft Library, this online compilation illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials.

CSU Long Beach Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
A searchable collection of oral history interviews, primarily focusing on Southern California history. Listen to segments online rather than reading transcripts.

Early Arrivals Records Search (EARS)
This database, a joint project of UC Berkeley and NARA, covers investigations of people who tried to immigrate to America via San Francisco during the period of the Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882-1943.

Early California History: an Overview
A special presentation in the "California As I Saw It" web site (see above) containing text and illustrations which summarize California history from its earliest times to the turn of the 20th century.

Echoes of Freedom: South Asian Pioneers in California, 1899-1965
An illustrated history of early Indian immigrants to California, featuring photographs, documents, and publications from the South/Southeast Asia Library at UC Berkeley.
Gold Fever! The Lure and Legacy of the California Gold Rush, at the Oakland Museum
A virtual tour of the Oakland Museum's exhibition which chronicles the impact of the 1848 Gold Rush on California's economy, population, environment and cultural diversity. Contains a special section on the Native American, Californio, and immigrant experience of the Gold Rush.

H-California Internet Resources for California History
A major section of the H-California web site which lists Internet resources on California history.
H-California Network ( is an international electronic discussion group for scholars and teachers of historical demography.

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives (JARDA)
From the California Digital Library, this project indexes the holdings of several California repositories which document the experience of Japanese Americans in World War II internment camps. Includes over 10,000 digital images and over 20,000 pages of electronic transcriptions of documents and oral histories.

Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush Decade 1848-1858
This Web presentation of the Huntington Library's remarkable collection of Gold Rush manuscripts, drawings, and rare printed materials allows the people involved to tell their own true stories and bring this unique event to life.

Online Archive of California
Part of the California Digital Library, this site contains online inventories, registers, indexes, or guides to collections held by major California archives and manuscript repositories, libraries and museums.

Local history sites

See other links under Local Historical Collections and Archives.

California Views - The Pat Hathaway Historical Photo Collection
Established in 1970, this archive of historical photographs focuses on Monterey and the Central Coast.

Cannery Row Foundation
The purpose of this non-profit organization is to perserve and foster historical study and interest in Cannery Row, located in Monterey.

Costanoan-Ohlone Indian Canyon Resource
Provides historical, cultural and political information relevant to the region. Images, video and audio files are provided.

Fort Ord Historical Images - collection digitized by the CSUMB Library, located on the Online Archive of California website

Local History Links
- on the Monterey Public Library's California History Room website.

Monterey County Local History Directory - Hosted on Monterey County Free Libraries website, descriptions of many local archives and collections

Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation
This site has information about the name, homelands, history, and current status of "The First People of the Monterey Bay Area, California."

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Local History Site
More than 240 articles on Santa Cruz County history are available on this site, plus more than 400 full-text, local newspaper accounts. Many of the articles are illustrated with historical photographs.

UCSC Library Regional History Project
The Regional History Project has been documenting the history of the Central Coast of California and the institutional history of UC Santa Cruz since 1963, through oral history. This Web site includes the complete catalog of the collection, a photo gallery of historical images of the Central Coast of California, Oral History resources, and links to other oral history sites on the Internet.
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