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Throughout the Golden State there are numerous archival repositories and libraries that collect rare or unique material related to various regions of California, as well as the state and Trans-Mississippi West as a whole.

Alice Phelan Sullivan Library
A non-circulating research library that includes books, archives, manuscript materials, maps, newspapers, periodicals and ephemera.

California Academy of Sciences Library
A research library devoted to natural history and the natural sciences.

California Digital Library
Developed by the University of California, the CDL offers extensive collections of digital resources, including electronic journals, databases, reference texts, and digitized images, covering a wide variety of topics, including California history. Advanced search capabilities allow researches to search by region, subject, or format. Some material is available only to UC students and faculty.

California History Center
Located on the campus of De Anza College, in Cupertino, the center houses and displays historic records and objects, as well as offering conferences and classes through the college.

California State Library
With extensive holdings in California government, law, and history, the California State Library, with branches in Sacramento and San Francisco, is a significant resource for those interested in California history and genealogy. The general public may access the collections. However, borrowing privileges for most of the branches are limited to California State employees.

California State University, Chico
The Special Collections Department of Meriam Library on the campus of CSU Chico offers written and pictorial materials related to the history, geography, and government of northeastern California. It is open to the public.

California State University, Fresno
The Special Collections Library on the campus of CSU Fresno includes material covering the history of the San Joaquin Valley and the adjoining Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is open to the public.

California State University, Fullerton
The Pollack Library's Archives and Special Collections Section houses material related to Orange County and Southern California.

California State University, Northridge
The main library's Special Collections Department and the Urban Archives Center offer a wealth of published and archival material related to the history of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

California State University Libraries, Other
Many of the CSU campus libraries have smaller collections of material related to local history. Those campuses not already mentioned include: Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay, Pomona, Sacramento, San Jose, San Marcos, Sonoma, and Stanislaus.

Center for Sacramento History
Owned by the City of Sacramento, CSH offers a rich and diverse collection of documentary and artifact material covering the history of Sacramento and the Gold Country.

Humboldt State University
The Humboldt Room of the Humboldt State University Library, located in Arcata, includes manuscripts, photographs, and bibliographic material relating to the natural resources, native peoples, and primary industries of northwestern California. It is open to the public.

Huntington Library
Open only to qualified researchers, the Huntington Library, located in San Mareno, offers a rich collection of rare books and manuscripts, with significant holdings in Western and California history. The general public may visit the Huntington's world-renowned art collection and botanical gardens.

John F. Kennedy Library - McCune Art and Books Collection
The collection contain rare and unique books, with a good collection of California history.

Los Angeles Public Library
In addition to its general holdings, the L.A. Public Library collects archival and published material related to the history of the Los Angeles Basin. The Electronic Neighborhood, available on the library's website, allows on-line researchers to access several of the library's regional history indexes, as well as view digitized images.

Monterey Public Library - California History Room
The California History Room located in the City of Monterey, collections include books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, maps, drawings, pamphlets, diaries, letters, videocassettes and other materials documenting and illuminating every aspect of life in Monterey area communities.

National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Region - San Francisco
Maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in northern California, Hawaii, Nevada except Clark County, the Pacific Trust Territories, and American Samoa.

Oakland Public Library
The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland and provides it's diverse community the best in traditional services, new technologies and innovative programs. Their collections and services include a resource of information, knowledge, and artistic and literary expression for Ethnic Resources, Special Collections, and Special Services.

Online Archive of California
An unparalleled resource for locating important historic records, manuscripts, photographs, and film and audio recordings relating to California history, the OAC is a union database of finding aids and digitized images from some of California's most import and prestigious archives, libraries, and museums. Search functions allow researchers to locate items quickly and efficiently.

Reagan, Ronald, Presidential Library
Located in Simi Valley, The library holds material on the former President, as well as some items on his term as governor in California.

Sacramento Public Library
The Library's Sacramento History Room includes rare books, photographs, and other documentary material on the history of Sacramento and its people.

San Bernardino Public Library
The Library's California Room includes archival and bibliographic material covering the history and culture of San Bernardino, California, and the West.

San Diego Public Library
In addition to its general holdings, the Library's California Room includes significant collections of material related to the history of San Diego, Southern California, and Baja California.

San Diego State University
The Special Collections Department at the Malcolm A. Love Library at SDSU includes rare and unique material covering twentieth century San Diego.

San Francisco Public Library
In addition to its general holdings, the Library's San Francisco History Center includes a wealth of published and archival material relating to the history and culture of San Francisco.

Stanford University
The Special Collections Department houses numerous rare books, manuscripts and other historic materials related to California, with strengths in Mexican-American studies, and the history of Silicon Valley.

University of California, Berkeley
Well-known for its extensive collections in California and Western history, including a large selection of oral histories, the University's Bancroft Library is the premiere research library for California historians. Its holdings also include significant resources in San Francisco Bay Area history.

University of California, Davis
The Shields Library at UC Davis includes numerous maps of California and material related to California's agricultural industry.

University of California, Irvine
The University's Special Collections Department includes material related to Orange County and Baja California.

University of California, Los Angeles
With one of the most prestigious research library complexes in the country, UCLA offers a number of different resources for research in California history, including the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. Collections include strengths in the history of Los Angeles, the Entertainment Industry, California, and the West, with a large oral history collection.

University of California, Riverside
The Special Collections Library at UCR includes material relating to the history of Riverside and the Inland Empire. Together with the University's California Museum of Photography, the Library's photograph collection offers a wealth of pictorial material related to California history.

University of California, Santa Barbara
The Special Collections Department of the Davidson Library at UCSB includes material documenting the history of the greater Santa Barbara area, as well as the experiences of ethnic minorities in California.

University of California, Santa Cruz
The Regional History Project at UCSC collects material related to California's Central Coast. The Web site includes the complete catalog of their collection, a photo gallery, oral history resources, and more.

University of California, San Diego
The Mandeville Special Collections Library on the campus of UCSD, located in La Jolla, offers numerous collections, with strengths in the history of Baja California and early voyages of exploration to the Pacific.

University of Southern California
The Regional History Center in the University's Special Collections Department offers numerous written and pictorial materials related to the history of Los Angeles. The website includes access to, and samples of, the collection.

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