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Local History Resources

The following links are provided to assist CSH patrons in finding Sacramento area organizations and resources that may be of assistance in furthering their historical research. Please note that some historical societies also have museums, and some historical societies and museums also have archival collections. To report broken links or have your organization included in the list, send an email to

Archives and Special Collections

California State Archives
California State Library, History Room
CSU Sacramento, Special Collections and University Archives
Placer County Archives and Research Center
Roseville Public Library, Local History Center
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
UC Davis, Special Collections and University Archives
University of the Pacific, Holt-Atherton Special Collections
Yolo County Archives

Genealogical Societies

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Placer County Genealogical Society
Root Cellar, Sacramento Genealogical Society
Roseville Genealogical Society
Sacramento FamilySearch Library
Sacramento German Genealogy Society

Historical Societies

Clarksville Region Historical Society
Davis Historical Society
Elk Grove Historical Society / Heritage Park
Fair Oaks Historical Society
Florin Historical Society
Folsom Historical Society / Folsom History Museum
Galt Area Historical Society
Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society
Rocklin Historical Society / Rocklin History Museum
Roseville Historical Society / Carnegie Museum
Sacramento County Historical Society
Sacramento Pioneer Association
Sacramento River Delta Historical Society
San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
West Sacramento Historical Society
Wilton History Group
Yolo County Historical Society

Museums and Historic Parks

Aerospace Museum of California
California Agriculture Museum
California Automobile Museum
California Foundry History Museum
California Museum
California State Capitol Museum
California State Indian Museum
California State Railroad Museum
El Dorado County Historical Museum
Folsom Powerhouse SHP
Folsom Prison Museum
Governor’s Mansion SHP
Haggin Museum
Leland Stanford Mansion SHP
Old Sacramento SHP
Sacramento Old City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sacramento Regional Fire Museum
Sierra Sacramento Valley Museum of Medical History
Sutter’s Fort SHP


Sacramento History Online

Sacramento History Online is a joint project of four Sacramento institutions to digitize and catalog over 2000 items from their collections which document agriculture and transportation in the Sacramento region from the mid 19th to early 20th century. The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services generously funded the project from 2001-2004 under the provision of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and the State Librarian.

Contributing institutions are the California State Library's California History Room , the California State Railroad Museum Library, the Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room , and CSH. These four institutions have extensive and unique holdings in regional history materials. They collectively serve over 20,000 patrons per year, including students, historians, teachers, writers, genealogists, publishers, and the film and television producers.

Each institution selected five hundred items from their collections that document the agricultural and transportation history of the Sacramento region. Railroads, bicycles, cars, airplanes, boats, horse-drawn vehicles, tractors, and other forms of agricultural and transportation machinery are included. Photographs, maps, technical drawings, manuscripts, posters, postcards, book and periodical illustrations, and ephemera illustrate both subjects.

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