The California State Library in partnership with Women in California Politics (WICP) presents an exhibit celebrating 100 years of women serving in the California Legislature. In November 1918 the first four women were elected to office, since that time 157 women have served in the state’s legislature. Today we celebrate and honor these women, both past and present, for their service and dedication to the people of California.
A look at the people and efforts to split up California into smaller states, with historical maps and documents, legislative attempts, an interactive timeline, books, journal and news articles, and videos chronicling some of the more than 220 attempts to redraw California.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's historic live performance at Folsom Prison. See items from the State Library collection about Folsom Prison, Cash, and his advocacy for improved conditions for prison inmates.
The goal of the exhibit is many fold: provide an overview of the Gold Rush, emphasize the strength of the Library's collection, and incorporate items that will simultaneously delight, surprise, and inform. In creating this exhibit, the varieties and richness of the material proved to be both a joy and challenge.
The Library & Courts Building located at 914 Capitol Mall is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in State Government. Its entrance lobby is unsurpassed and the building features three murals and a variety of attractive decorative features. On May 24, 1984, the Library & Courts Building was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
These images from the State Library's collection reflect the wide range of pioneers, dreamers and schemers who headed west to seek their fortune in the 1849 Gold Rush.
Our state's governors lead the largest state in the union and their political influence reaches beyond the borders of the state. This gallery provides a brief glimpse into the rich political and personal life of each governor.
First Ladies have always played an important role in the service of California citizens, balancing the demanding responsibilities of their prestigious position while enduring hardships, tragedies, and the daily difficulties of life and a family. This gallery provides a small glimpse into the lives of these courageous women.