Friday, July 30, 2010

CALIFORNIA STATE ARCHIVES, co-sponsor of Family History Day

It is a pleasure to introduce the State Archives – California’s attic - and the host site for Family History Day.

The California State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, collects, catalogs, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. The Archives collection is primarily composed of records from California state agencies, the governor's office, the state legislature, and the State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. The records are organized under the name of the agency or office that transferred the records to the Archives.

The collection also includes Spanish and Mexican Land Grants; Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Investigation Records; Local Government Records; Supreme and Appellate Court Records; Elections and Political Campaigns Records; Oral Histories; and Photograph Collections. As of January 2009, the collection consists of millions of paper documents, maps, photographs, three–dimensional artifacts, and records in other formats such as audiotape and videotape.

Public education and outreach are also important elements of the State Archives' mission. In October of each year, the State Archives hosts these events:

Archives Month Open House
Saturday, October 2, 2010
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The public is invited to enjoy a behind–the–scenes tour of the facility and learn more about the archival profession and other archival repositories in California.

Family History Day
Saturday, October 9, 2010
8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Together with Root Cellar- Sacramento Genealogical Society and the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley, the State Archives hosts Family History Day to introduce the public to the exciting world of genealogical research.

We look forward to seeing you!
California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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