Every October, in celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region open their doors to the public and showcase their rarely seen holdings during the Sacramento Archives Crawl.


Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2024

Schedule: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free!

The Center has worked with other local archival institutions to organize and co-host the annual Sacramento Archives Crawl each year since 2010. The Crawl is held at four host institution sites in downtown Sacramento: the California State Archives, California State Library, Center for Sacramento History, and Sacramento Room at the Sacramento Public Library. Free bus transportation is provided between all four locations.

At the host sites, the public can view archival collections on display and take behind-the-scenes tours. Representatives from other archives and special collections libraries will be at the host locations, as well, to display their archival collections - historic photographs, documents, and objects - and answer questions about how to connect with local history resources.

Archives Crawl Passports are given to guests as they visit the host institutions. The passport provides a map of the event and information about the participating institutions - get your passport stamped at three of the four host sites and you'll get a set of limited-edition commemorative coasters that feature archival images representing that year's theme. Crawlers can also participate in a history scavenger hunt for a chance to win fun prizes.