Monday, August 16, 2010

CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY (Exhibitor) and KAREN PAIGE, Speaker, at Family History Day

California State Library
It is a pleasure to have a "double bill" at Family History Day at the California State Archives:  the California State Library will be an exhibitor and Karen Paige, a librarian there, will be a speaker.

The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California’s libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your service.

What We Do
The 157-year old California State Library serves the people of California in several ways:
  • It is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature
  • It provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor.
  • It collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts.
  • It advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services.
Some history
In 1850, California’s new legislature, seeing that the state’s facts, figures, and documents needed to be in a central location, established the California State Library in the State Capitol. In 1917, the California State Library established the Sutro Library in San Francisco from the private library of Adolph Sutro.

California History Room
in the Library Courts II building  
Karen Paige is a Librarian at the California State Library, California History Room. This division of the library holds a major collection of documents from and about California's rich history. The documents range from books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals, to pictorial materials (including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs, and paintings) and ephemera (such as posters, programs, pamphlets, and sheet music). Researchers of all types—authors, historians, reporters, legislators, filmmakers, genealogists, historic preservationists, graduate students, teachers, and California citizens—visit the California History Room to use these resources. All are welcome!

Karen Paige will be presenting Genealogical Resources at the California History Room of the California State Library.  Learn about the materials in the California History Room, useful research guides, library rules of use and etiquette, photocopy service, and how to get there.

California State Library
California History Room
900 N Street, Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0176
FAX (916) 654-8777

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