California State Parks Archives
Purpose and Mission
The Archives cares for and provides access to documents that tell the story of the State Park System in California and the Department's stewardship collections. The mission of the Archives is to acquire, organize, preserve, and provide access to the cumulative body of reference documents and electronic data required for effective stewardship of the full range of natural and cultural resources present in the State Park System.
State Park System Collections
The purpose of the Archives is to increase the Department's knowledge base by actively acquiring documents in a variety of formats which serve to further the research needs of the Department. The Archives is a clearinghouse for studies, surveys, bibliographies, reports, plans, and other records created by Parks staff which have enduring value. Materials collected pertain to the growth and development of the State Park System as a whole, as well as to individual park units. Finding aids developed to assist researchers in locating materials include internal and external electronic databases and documents, registers and guides hosted by the Online Archive of California, the Photographic Archives, and selected artifact records cataloged in the Statewide Museum Records System. The Archives also provides direction to additional resources as needed.
In addition to collecting data on the Department's own functions and endeavors, the Archives also the serves as the registrar for the Department's stewardship collections. These collections relate to the history of a park unit or property before it was acquired by the state, and include manuscripts, personal and family papers, company records, and topical collections. [ FINDING AIDS ]
Research Room Hours
Appointments available Monday through Friday
8:00am - 11:30am
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Closed on State holidays.
To schedule a visit.
Please contact Lola Aguilar, Archivist
Resources Agency Building
1416 Ninth St.- Room 943
Sacramento, CA 95814
All visitors must report to the Reception Area on the 1st Floor, to sign in and receive a visitor badge. The visitor must sign out and return the badge at the same area upon leaving the building.
To provide for the long-term security of the materials held in the Archives, all materials must be used on-site.
For the convenience of the researcher, a workstation and a self-service photocopier are available.
Food and drink are prohibited in the Archives.
Visitors may be asked to use protective gloves when handling photographic materials or fragile items.