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The Center offers a growing number of internet-based starting points for your exploration into Sacramento's history. Please use the menu options to the left for YouTube videos, Sacramento-specific educational curriculum, historical trivia, and other interpretive helps designed to assist you in your research.

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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