Genealogy: California, Library and society resource list

California, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. California Genealogical Society and Library:  http://www.calgensoc.org/
  2. California Historical Society:  http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
  3. California Secretary of State – Archives & Golden State Museum:  http://www.ss.ca.gov/archives/archives.htm
  4. California State Library: http://www.library.ca.gov/

University Archives and Collections (62)

  1. California Baptist University:   http://www.calbaptist.edu/library/about.aspx?id=1057
  2. California State University, Bakersfield:   http://www.lib.csub.edu/special/
  3. California State University, Channel Islands:   http://www.library.csuci.edu/archives/index.html
  4. California State University, Chico:   http://www.csuchico.edu/lbib/spc/netpages/home.html
  5. California State University, Dominguez Hills:   http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
  6. California State University, Fresno:   http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/subjectresources/specialcollections/
  7. California State University, Fullerton. Center for Oral and Public History:   http://ohp.fullerton.edu/ohphome.html
  8. California State University, Fullerton. University Archives and Special Collections:   http://www.library.fullerton.edu/special.htm
  9. California State University, Hayward:   http://www.library.csuhayward.edu/staff_depts.htm#archives
  10. California State University, Long Beach:  http://www.csulb.edu/library/guide/serv/special.html
  11. California State University, Los Angeles:   http://web.calstatela.edu/library/service.htm#scol
  12. California State University, Northridge:   http://library.csun.edu/spcoll/hbspcoll.html
  13. California State University, Sacramento:   http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=137
  14. California State University, Stanislaus:   http://wwwlibrary.csustan.edu/special_collections/archives.htm
  15. California State University. Archives:   http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csu/index.html
  16. Humboldt State University:   http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/index.html
  17. Japanese American History Archives:   http://amacord.com/fillmore/museum/jt/jaha/jaha.html
  18. Japanese American National Museum:   http://www.janm.org/nrc/nrc.htm
  19. La Sierra University. Archives:   http://www.lasierra.edu/library/info_serve/archives.html
  20. La Sierra University. Heritage Room:   http://www.lasierra.edu/library/heritage/index.html
  21. Loma Linda University:   http://www.llu.edu/llu/library/heritage/
  22. Loyola Marymount University:   http://lib.lmu.edu/special/
  23. National Archives and Records Administration-Pacific Region (Laguna Niguel) :   http://www.archives.gov/facilities/ca/laguna_niguel.html
  24. National Archives and Records Administration-Pacific Region (San Francisco) :   http://www.archives.gov/facilities/ca/san_francisco.htm l
  25. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Seaver Center for Western History Research:  http://www.nhm.org/research/history/seaver_center.html
  26. San Diego State University:  http://infodome.sdsu.edu/about/depts/spcollections/
  27. San Francisco State University. de Bellis Collection:   http://www.library.sfsu.edu/special/debellis.html
  28. San Francisco State University. Labor Archives and Research Center:   http://www.library.sfsu.edu/special/larc.html
  29. San Francisco State University. Special Collections and Archives:   http://www.library.sfsu.edu/special/archives1.html
  30. San Jose State University:   http://www.sjlibrary.org/research/special/special_coll/
  31. Santa Clara University. Archives:   http://archives.scu.edu/
  32. Santa Clara University. Special Collections:  http://www.scu.edu/library/services/special_collections/
  33. Sonoma State University:  http://www.scu.edu/library/services/special_collections/
  34. Stanford University. Special Collections:   http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html
  35. Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound:   http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ars/
  36. Stanford Linear Accelerator Cente:   http://www.slac.stanford.edu/history/
  37. Stanford University. Special Collections:   http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html
  38. University of California, Berkeley. Bancroft Library:   http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
  39. University of California, Berkeley. East Asian Library:   http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EAL/#print
  40. University of California, Berkeley. Environmental Design Archives:   http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives
  41. University of California, Berkeley. Water Resources Center Archives:   http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/mss.html
  42. University of California, Davis:  http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/specol/
  43. University of California, Irvine. Special Collections:   http://www.lib.uci.edu/libraries/collections/special/special.html
  44. University of California, Los Angeles. Belt Library of Vinciana:   http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/arts/collections/belt.htm
  45. University of California, Los Angeles. Ethnomusicology Archive:   http://www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/archive/
  46. University of California, Los Angeles. Film and Television Archive:   http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/
  47. University of California, Los Angeles. Folklore and Mythology Archives:   http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/folklore/archives/default.html
  48. University of California, Los Angeles. Music Library:   http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/music/mlsc/index.htm
  49. University of California, Los Angeles. Neuroscience History Archives:   http://www.bri.ucla.edu/nha/
  50. University of California, Los Angeles. Special Collections:   http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
  51. University of California, Riverside. California Museum of Photography:   http://cmp1.ucr.edu/
  52. University of California, Riverside. Special Collections:   http://library.ucr.edu/?view=collections/spcol
  53. University of California, San Diego:   http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/
  54. University of California, San Francisco:  http://www.library.ucsf.edu/sc/
  55. University of California, Santa Barbara. Special Collections:   http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.htm l
  56. University of California, Santa Cruz. Special Collections:   http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
  57. University of San Francisco. Archives:   http://www.usfca.edu/library/archives.html
  58. University of San Francisco. Rare Book Room:   http://www.usfca.edu/library/rarebook/index.html
  59. University of San Francisco. Ricci Institute:   http://www.usfca.edu/ricci/resources/library/library_des.htm
  60. University of Southern California. Archival Research Center:   http://www.usc.edu/isd/archives/arc/libraries/index.html
  61. University of Southern California. Cinema-Television Library:   http://www.usc.edu/isd/libraries/locations/cinema_tv /
  62. University of the Pacific:   http://library.pacific.edu/ha/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (60)

  1. Albany– Albany Public Library:  http://www.aclibrary.org/branches/alb/albanyhistorical.asp
  2. Alturas–  Modoc County Library:  http://www.infopeople.org/modoc/libserv.html#reference
  3. Anaheim–Anaheim Public Library:   http://www2.anaheim.net/article.cfm?id=113
  4. Arcadia–Arcadia Public Library:   http://www2.anaheim.net/article.cfm?id=113
  5. Berkeley–Berkeley Public Library:   http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/system/histrm.html
  6. Chino–  Slovak Genealogical Research Center:  http://www.feefhs.org/slovak/frg-sgrc.html
  7. Chula Vista–Chula Vista Public Library:   http://www.chulavistalibrary.com/About/Local_History/history_room.asp
  8. Corona–Corona Public Library:   http://www.coronapubliclibrary.org/index.cfm?go=Heritage
  9. Dixon– Dixon Public Library:  http://www.dixon.lib.ca.us/
  10. Escondido–Escondido Public Library:  http://www.ci.escondido.ca.us/library/pioneer/
  11. Fremont–Fremont Main Library:   http://www.aclibrary.org/branches/frm/frmhist.asp
  12. Fresno–Fresno County Public Library:   http://www.fresnolibrary.org/calif/index.html
  13. Fullerton–Fullerton Public Library:   http://www.ci.fullerton.ca.us/library/localhis.html
  14. Glendale–Glendale Public Library:   http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/library/special_collections.asp
  15. Long Beach–Long Beach Public Library:   http://www.lbpl.org/main_specialcollections.htm
  16. Los Angeles –Archdiocese of Los Angeles:   http://www.archivalcenter.org/index.html
  17. Los Angeles–Autry National Center. Institute for the Study of the American West:   http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/
  18. Los Angeles–Getty Research Library:   http://www.getty.edu/research/library/
  19. Los Angeles–Los Angeles County Museum of Art:   http://www.lacma.org/info/resource/resource.htm
  20. Los Angeles–Los Angeles Public Library. History and Genealogy Department:   http://www.lapl.org/central/history.html
  21. Los Angeles–Los Angeles Public Library. Rare Books Department:   http://www.lapl.org/central/rare_books.html
  22. Los Angeles–Los Angeles Public Library:  http://www.lapl.org/central/history.html
  23. Mill Valley–Mill Valley Public Library:   http://millvalleylibrary.org/historyroom.html
  24. Modesto–Stanislaus County Free Library:  http://www.stanislauslibrary.org/about_svcs.shtml#spe
  25. Monterey–Monterey Public Library, California History Room:  http://www.monterey.org/library/cahist.html
  26. Monterey–Monterey Public Library:    http://www.monterey.org/library/cahist.html
  27. Napa–Napa Valley Genealogy Library:  http://www.napanet.net/~nvgbs/holdings.shtml
  28. Oakland–Oakland Public Library:   http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/Seasonal/Sections/oakhr.html Palos Verdes Estates–Malaga Cove Plaza Library:  http://www.pvld.org/pvhistory/
  29. Palos Verdes–Palos Verdes Library District:   http://www.pvld.org/pvhistory/default.shtml
  30. Pasadena–Pasadena Public Library:   http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/centennial.asp
  31. Pomona–Pomona Public Library:   http://www.ci.pomona.ca.us/city_departments/library/special_collections.php
  32. Redding–Shasta County Library:  http://www.shastacountylibrary.org/collections.htm
  33. Redwood City–Redwood City Public Library, Karl A. Vollmayer Local History Room:  http://www.ci.redwood-city.ca.us/about/local_history/index.html
  34. Redwood City–Redwood City Public Library:   http://www.rcpl.info/services/local_history.html
  35. Riverside–Riverside Public Library:   http://www.riversideca.gov/library/libserv/lochist/index.htm
  36. Rosemead–Rosemead Public Library. Californiana Collection :  http://www.colapublib.org/materials/collections/californiana.html
  37. Sacramento–California State Library:  http://www.library.ca.gov/html/genealogy.cfm
  38. Sacramento–Sacramento Public Library:   http://www.saclibrary.org/sac_room/index.htm
  39. San Francisco–California State Library, California History Room:  http://www.library.ca.gov/html/CalHist/cal_index.cfm
  40. San Francisco–California State Library, Sutro Library:  http://www.library.ca.gov/html/collections.cfm#sutro
  41. San Francisco–Holt Labor Library:   http://www.holtlaborlibrary.org/
  42. San Francisco–San Francisco Public Library , African American Center:  http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/librarylocations/main/afam.htm
  43. San Francisco–San Francisco Public Library, Filipino American Center:  http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/librarylocations/main/fac.htm
  44. San Francisco–San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History Center:  http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/librarylocations/sfhistory/sfhistory.htm
  45. San Jose–San Jose Public Library, California Room:  http://www.sjlibrary.org/research/special/ca/
  46. San Rafael–Marin County Free Library:   http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/lb/main/crm/kentmain.html
  47. Santa Ana–Santa Ana Public Library:   http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/library/as/hr.asp
  48. Santa Cruz–Santa Cruz Public Library:  http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/
  49. Santa Monica–Santa Monica Public Library:  http://www.smpl.org/depts/ref/index.htm#Santa_Monica_History_Collection
  50. Santa Rosa–Sanoma County Public Library:  http://www.sonoma.lib.ca.us/collections.html
  51. Santa Rosa–Sonoma County Library:    http://www.sonoma.lib.ca.us/history.html
  52. Stockton–Cesar Chavez Central Library:  http://www.stockton.lib.ca.us/speccoll.htm
  53. Stockton–Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library:   http://www.stockton.lib.ca.us/speccoll.htm#locahist
  54. Sutro–Sutro Library:   http://www.library.ca.gov/html/collections.cfm#sutro
  55. Thousand Oaks–Thousand Oaks Public Library:  http://www.tol.lib.ca.us/pages/new/screens/listcollections.html#Local%20History
  56. Torrance–Torrance Public Library:  http://www.torrnet.com/Library/5465.htm
  57. Upland–Upland Public Library:   http://uplandpl.lib.ca.us/collect.htm
  58. Visalia–Tulare County Library:   http://tularecountylibrary.org/hisres/room.htm
  59. Woodland–Yolo County Archives:   http://www.yolocounty.org/org/library/archives.htm
  60. Yreka–Siskiyou County Library:  http://www.snowcrest.net/siskiyoulibrary/special.html#Genealogy

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (7)

  1. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:   http://www.oscars.org/mhl/index.html
  2. African American Museum and Library at Oakland:   http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/AAMLO/
  3. Archdiocese of Los Angeles:   http://www.archivalcenter.org/index.html
  4. California Historical Society:   http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/collections/research_coll.html
  5. Fresno Historical Society:    http://valleyhistory.org/ArchivalCollections.html
  6. Pacific Grove Heritage Society:   http://www.mbay.net/~heritage/
  7. San Diego Historical Society:   http://www.sandiegohistory.org/mainpages/locate6.htm

Digital Library Collections (30)

  1. Online Archive of California:  http://oac.cdlib.org/
  2. USC Digital Archive:  http://digarc.usc.edu
  3. Archival Research Center:  http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/arc/
  4. Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection:  http://catalog.lapl.org/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?5005+CONFIGcw_photo.ini+language_3_useDatabase_968
  5. California State University, Northridge, San Fernando Valley History Digital Library:    http://digital-library.csun.edu/
  6. California State University, Sacramento, Library, California Underground Railroad:    http://digital.lib.csus.edu/curr/index.html
  7. Claremont Colleges, Libraries, The Digital Library:    http://www.libraries.claremont.edu/digilib/
  8. San Diego Library Consortium, The Circuit:    http://circuit.sdsu.edu/
  9. Stanford University Libraries/Academic Information Resources, SUL/AIR Digital Library Program:   http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/dlp/index.html
  10. Humanities Digital Information Service:    http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/hdis/
  11. Social Sciences Data Service:    http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/ssds/
  12. Geographic Information Systems:    http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/gis/gishome.html
  13. University of California, International and Area Studies Digital Collection:    http://repositories.cdlib.org/uciaspubs/
  14. University of California Libraries, California Digital Library:    http://www.cdlib.org/
  15. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://repositories.cdlib.org/uciaspubs/
  16. CaliforniaDigitalLibrary.org:   http://www.californiadigitallibrary.org/
  17. eScholarship Repository:    http://repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship/
  18. University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE:    http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/
  19. University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office, Oral Histories Online! Collection:   http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BANC/ROHO/ohonline/
  20. Digital Collections by Subject:   http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects
  21. University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA Digital Library:    http://digital.library.ucla.edu/
  22. University of California, Santa Barbara, Alexandria Digital Library Project:    http://alexandria.sdc.ucsb.edu/
  23. University of California Press, E-Books:    http://www.ucpress.edu/scan/books.html
  24. University of Southern California, Archival Research Center, Digital Archive:  http://www.usc.edu/isd/archives/arc/digarchives/index.html
  25. University of Southern California, Learning with ISLA:    http://www.usc.edu/isd/locations/cst/ISLA/lessonplans/index.html
  26. ISLA Web site  http://www.usc.edu/isd/locations/cst/ISLA/
  27. Digital Archive:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#DigitalArchive-USCalif#DigitalArchive-USCalif
  28. Electronic Resources:    http://www.usc.edu/isd/elecresources/
  29. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library:   http://digital-library.csun.edu/
  30. Alexandria Digital Library Project:   – http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu/