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California State Archives

Sacramento, United States

California's first legislature, meeting in 1849–50, charged the Secretary of State to receive "…all public records, registered maps, books, papers, rolls, documents and other writings . . . which appertain to or are in any way connected with the political history and past administration of the government of California." The California State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, continues to serve in the spirit of those early instructions, providing a repository for the state's permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history. The California State Archives serves a wide variety of researchers whose interests range from legislative intent and public policy to genealogy and railroad history in California.

Research Room Hours:
Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on state holidays

Reference Desk: (916) 653–2246
General Information: (916) 653–7715
Fax: (916) 653–7363
Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov

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