We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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California History

The People of California

"California as I Saw It” 
From the Library of Congress’ American Memory website, “First-Person Narratives of California’s Early Years, 1849-1900” consists of the full texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting the formative era of California’s history through eyewitness accounts.

African Americans In California 
From The Bancroft Library this website provides access to the Bancroft’s research-level collection in African-Americana (major published source materials, manuscripts, photographs & ephemera) and features Historical Timelines.  The site also serves as an “umbrella” highlighting African American resources in California.  

California Cultures
This “Calisphere” site documents California’s rich history of diversity and multicultural contributions.  Calisphere is the University of California’s gateway to over 150,000 primary sources that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

The Chinese in California
This site from the American Memory, Library of Congress documents, through 8,000 images and primary source materials, the Chinese immigration story in California (1850-1925).  Click on Topical Overview for Essays & Galleries (which includes photographs and illustrations).  For teachers and students click on the Learning Page – for the Chinese in U.S. History – Critical Thinking – Arts & Humanities. 

The Chinese in California, 1850 - 1925 – Bancroft Library 

Italian Americans in California
Visit the exhibit produced by The Bancroft Library portraying the Italian-American experience in California.

Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California
This California Department of Parks and Recreation (Office of Historic Preservation) website, first published in book format in1988, features five ethnic groups – their history and experiences in California (American Indians, Black Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, and Mexican Americans)

 

The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush: California Transformed
The discovery of gold in California was an epoch-making event, and this website from the California Historical Society documents this extraordinary era in our State’s history.  Sections  illustrated with photos, diaries, paintings, lithographs, and artifacts include: The World Rushed In, Life in the Diggings, Diversity and Conflict, and Statehood.

Exploring the California Gold Rush
The California State Library has assembled a fascinating array of primary sources such as maps, letters, books (including “how to” books for novice miners),  pictorial letter sheets (stationary that depicts mining camps, cities, natural wonders and events so individuals could write home on a “postcard” showing California life!), drawings, and sketches.  The material is organized into 12 sections covering a wide variety of topics on the Gold Rush.

Land of Golden Dreams
California in the Gold Rush Decade 1848-1858 is a Web presentation of the Huntington Library’s collection of Gold Rush manuscripts, drawings, and printed materials.  The original exhibition was created to bring this unique event to life through Californians’ stories from this compelling era

 

 

 

 

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