Last Updated: Aug 6, 2013
University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. Themed collections are organized into historical eras and aligned with California Content Standards for K-12 classroom use.
- The Bancroft Library collection
The Bancroft Collection of Western Americana provides the documentary basis for understanding the settlement and development of California and the American West.
- California Historical Societies and Museums
This is a directory of historical societies and museums throughout the state of California. Provides information about each society/museums specialty, open hours, contact information, and web site.
- Los Californianos
Founded in 1968 by descendants of early Hispanic Californians, this society supports the research of Spanish and Mexican Alta California.
- Online Archive of Califorina (OAC)
The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
- California Digital Newspaper Collection
The California Digital Newspaper Collection offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-191l: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907.
- California Missions
Twenty one California Missions eBooks that can be read online or downloaded. The checkout period for these titles is 48 hours.
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- Student Research Center
140+ full-text middle school magazines. 500+ full-text high school magazines and expanded full-text backfiles ( to 1975) for key magazines. Includes Biographies and Historical Essays, Primary Source Documents, reference books and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
- Social Studies Fact Cards
Fact Cards are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8. The topics covered by Fact Cards are those California, United States, and World topics included in the social studies curriculum in California.
- Virtual Reference Center (Encyclopedias)
Online Encyclopedias that teachers approve of on subjects such as Arts, Biography, Business, Education, History, The Constitution, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Religion & Philosphy, Science, and Social Science.
- American Memory
A gateway to the vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Over 9 million documents are organized into 100+ thematic collections.
- The American Jewish Historical Society
Founded in 1892, the American Jewish Historical Society’s holdings include 20 million documents, 50,000 books, paintings and other objects that bear witness to the remarkable contributions of the American Jewish community to life in the Americas.
- Best of History websites
An award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history websites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.
- Presidents of the United States
Provides well known and not so well known information about the Presidents of the United States. For example, it informs views on who was the first President to be born in a hospital, or who was the first president to fly in an airplane.