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California: State Resource Guide

Related Resources

This page includes additional resources on the state of California from the Library's website.

American Folklife Center State Resources

Bibliographies and Guides

Exhibitions Featuring California

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The American Treasures of the Library of Congress exhibition is an exhibition of the rarest, most interesting or significant items relating to America's past, drawn from every corner of the world's largest library.

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

The exhibition 1492: An Ongoing Voyage describes both pre- and post-contact America, as well as the Mediterranean world at the same time. The First Map of California is included in the Inventing America section of the exhibition.

Selected highlight from this exhibition:

Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape, 1922-1932

During the 1920s, as the five remarkable projects featured in this exhibition show, Frank Lloyd Wright developed architectural prototypes of far-reaching consequence. Exploring advanced building technologies and untried geometric patterns, he conceived rural and suburban building complexes that effectively restructured their sites in a manner calculated to heighten their natural grandeur.

The exhibition includes the following designs for:

John Bull and Uncle Sam

A joint project of the Library of Congress and The British Library, the John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition brings together for the first time treasures from the two greatest libraries in the English-speaking world in an exploration of selected time periods and cultural movements that provide unique insights into the relationship of the United States and Great Britain.

Selected highlight from this exhibition:

Los Angeles Mapped

The historical maps in this exhibition provide a guide to some of the most remarkable stories of the city’s history: its discovery, its growth, and its industries, as seen by explorers, engineers, artists, residents, and boosters.

Global Gateway

Historic Newspapers

Law Library

Resources for Teachers

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

Features & Activities

American Memory Timeline

A comprehensive look at America's history through primary sources. Below are a few examples of resources pertaining to California.

A selection of highlights from the American Memory Timeline:

Immigration

The feature provides an introduction to the study of immigration to the United States. It is far from the complete story, and focuses only on the immigrant groups that arrived in greatest numbers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Lesson Plans

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Click on the link below to locate veterans from California.