Richard Griswold del Castillo, Book Review Editor
Local History and Genealogy Resources of the California State Library.
Gary E. Strong. ed. Sacramento: California State Library Foundation, 1991. 112 pages.
The vast resources of the California State Library have long been used by scholars to document the social and political history of the Golden State but relatively few people know of the resources this library has that can assist in genealogical history. This brief edition serves as an introduction to the resources of the library in this area as well as a guide for those interested in demographic and comparative local histories. While the California State Library’s purpose is to backup local libraries, it also has unique holdings not available through interlibrary loan. This guide will help researchers organize their research before traveling to Sacramento or to the Sutro Library in San Francisco and save many hours of bibliographic search. Readers of this guide will discover new resources, such as the California Information File and the San Francisco Newspaper Index, two very valuable resources for local history and genealogical research. Also listed are many sources that are available at the San Diego History Center or in local libraries and so will this guide will also serve to help those who want to do genealogical research without traveling out of the county.
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