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Updated: July 10, 2009 

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General California back to top

"California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900, Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/cbhtml/cbhome.html

California Views: The Pat Hathaway Collection of Historical Photos
http://www.caviews.com/

New Perspectives on the West, PBS
Large collection of articles supporting the eight-part documentary series.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/

Wild Wild West, History Channel
http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/wildwest/


Exploration back to top

Exploration and Early History of the Monterey Area, Gary S. Breschini, Ph.D.
http://www.mchsmuseum.com/coastalnav.html


Ghost Towns back to top

Bodie Ghost Town
In 2002, Official State Gold Rush Town
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=509

Calico Ghost Town
http://www.calicotown.com/

Ghost Town Explorers
www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm


Gold Rush back to top

Brannan, Samuel, PBS
Short biographicla sketch of the famous ex-Mormon opportunist.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/brannan.htm

Brooklyn, The Voyage of the, Map
http://www.shipbrooklyn.org

California Gold Rush, 1849, EyeWitness to History
A gold seeker describes his passage to the gold fields, digging for gold and life in camp.
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/californiagoldrush.htm

Chronology: 1846-49, 1850-1851, 1852-1854, 1855-1856, 1857-1861, 1862-1865, Museum of the City of San Francisco.
Also includes links to numerous on-line primary sources.
http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist/chron1.html

Gold Rush: California's Untold Stories, Oakland Museum of California
On-line version of the renowned Gold Fever exhibit.
http://www.museumca.org/goldrush.html

Gold Rush Documentary, PBS Supporting material on the PBS documentary.
http://www.pbs.org/goldrush/

Gold Rush Documents, California Reader
Includes historic documents from persons involved in or effected by the Gold Rush. http://www.notfrisco.com/calmem/goldrush/index.html

Marshall, James, PBS
Short biographical sketch of the man who first discovered gold on the American River.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/i_r/marshall.htm

Mining Camps Map
http://malakoff.com/goldcountry/campmap.htm

Periodical Bibliography of the Gold Rush, CSU Stanislaus
http://wwwlibrary.csustan.edu/bsantos/goldrush/GoldTOC.htm

Sutter, John A., PBS
A short biographical sketch of the failed, frontier entrepreneur.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/sutter.htm

Virtual California Gold Country, Elliot H. Koeppel
Short articles on the important mining camps and persons of the Gold Rush.
http://www.malakoff.com/vcgc.htm


Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir back to top

Hetch Hetchy Hearing, Museum of the City of San Francisco
http://www.sfmuseum.org/hetch/hetchy1.html

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Photographs, 1987, Galen Rowell
By the Sierra Club Hetch Hetchy Task Force
http://california.sierraclub.org/hetchhetchy/rowell_photo_index.html


Japanese Internment back to top

Ansel Adams's Book Born Free and Equal, Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aamhtml/aamhome.html

Rabbit in the Moon, PBS
Companion Web site to the PBS documentary.
http://www.pbs.org/pov/tvraceinitiative/rabbitinthemoon/

San Francisco Newspaper Headlines, City Museum of San Francisco
http://www.sfmuseum.org/war/evactxt.html


Maps back to top

California, Color Landform Atlas of the United States, John Hopkins University
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/ca_0.html

David Rumsey Associates
Huge site of historic maps, including dozens on California.
http://www.davidrumsey.com/

Earth Sciences and Map Library, UC Berkeley
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/

Maps of California, About.com
http://geography.about.com/science/geography/library/maps/blusca.htm


Mexican-American War back to top

Mexican-American War, PBS
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/ghtreaty/


McPherson, Aimee Semple back to top

Aimee Semple McPherson: A Short Biography, Anna Robertson
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG00/robertson/asm/front.html

Kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson, USC
http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/la/scandals/aimee.html

McPherson-Bogard Debate, originally published by Bogard
On-line version of the debate between McPherson and the Arkansas Baptist preacher Ben Bogard over the use of “divine healing” and other charismatic gifts seemingly manifested at McPherson's evangelistic crusades.
http://www.padfield.com/debates/bogard.html

This is My Task, originally written by McPherson
http://www.foursquare.org/landing_pages/8,3.html


Missions back to top

California Mission History, The Civic Group
http://www.californiamissions.com

Directory for California Missions and other Hispanic Sites, California Mission Studies Association
http://www.ca-missions.org/contact.html

Postcards, California State Archives Collection
/doc.asp?id=2024


Port Chicago back to top

Port Chicago Disaster, U.S. Merchant Marines
http://www.usmm.org/portchicago.html

Port Chicago Mutiny, History Channel
http://www.historychannel.com/blackhistory/?page=exhibits

Port Chicago Mutiny, Monica Moorehead
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/013.html

Port Chicago Mutiny, NBC
http://www.portchicagomutiny.com/


State Government back to top

Governors of California, Governor's Office
http://www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/Governors.aspx?content2=866

Tour of the Governor's Office, Governor's Office
http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/VirtualTour.aspx?Content2=1136&Content3=1138

What's Happening In Court, California Courts
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/cab/

Your Idea Becomes a Law, California State Assembly
http://www.assembly.ca.gov/kids/kids1/kids1.htm



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