About the California History Section

California this summer. Travel by Train Poster. Lithograph, 1910-1959 Sacramento Capitol Building. Eureka Winery Co. Poster 19th-Century Sheet Music Printed in California The Barometer. Weekly folio size paper. Barque Mary Waterman. 1850 Southern Pacific's Daylight Poster Miners Coat of Arms. Lithographed & Published by Britton & Rey, San Francisco.

The California History Section holds a major collection of documents from and about California's rich history. The documents range from books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals, to pictorial materials (including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs, and paintings) and ephemera (such as posters, programs, pamphlets, and sheet music). Researchers of all types-authors, historians, reporters, legislators, filmmakers, genealogists, historic preservationists, graduate students, teachers, and California citizens-visit the California History Room to use these resources. All are welcome!

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