Sacramento History Online

Historic Sacramento Photograph and Document Archive

Sacramento History Online is a joint project of four Sacramento County institutions to digitize and catalog over 2,000 items from their collections. The project's goal has been to document agriculture and transportation in the Sacramento region from the mid 19th to early 20th century.

Partners for this project are the California State Library's California History Room, the California State Railroad Museum Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room. These four institutions have extensive and often unique holdings in regional history materials. They collectively serve over 20,000 patrons per year- including students, independent historians, teachers, writers, genealogists, publishers, and the film and television industries.

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services generously funded the project from 2001-2004 under the provision of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and the State Librarian. Since 1957, the LSTA has awarded grants on a competitive basis for locally initiated proposals to develop innovative use of technology, networking, and resource sharing.

Contact information for each of the project partners is listed on their About Us page, which is linked from the project credits list below. Website visitors with questions about this project are encouraged to download the project summary sheet or contact the grant administrators: the California State Railroad Museum Library (2001-2002: Transportation) or the Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room (2002-2004 phase: Agriculture). For questions about specific images on this website, (including reproduction requests) please check the record for its owning institution and contact that project partner directly. Questions about general California history that are not specifically about images on this website and donation offers should be directed to the project partner of your choice.

Examples of some images currently on file

Project Staff

Mary Taylor
Project Manager
Scott Moon
Scanning Technician


California State Library, California History Room
Gary Kurutz
Ira Bray
Kathy Correia
Vickie Lockhart

Center for Sacramento History
Jim Henley
Pat Johnson
Sally Stephenson

California State Railroad Museum Library
Ellen Halteman
Kathryn Santos

Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
Ruth Ellis
Tom Tolley
Judith Eitzen
Nancy Phillips
Debbie Dalton
Beth Daugherty
Betty Miner
Vivian Turner

Special Thanks To

Dr. Kevin Starr
Diane Balter
Chris Castaneda
Jim Cullen
Stephen Davis
Marilyn Demas

Stephen Drew
Marcia Elliot
Walter Gray
Paul Hammond
Dave Henry
Bryon Kelly

Mark Leonard
Anthony Martinez
Kim Mueller
Sue Simpkins
Cathy A. Taylor
Adrian Turner

Andrea Willis
Stasia Wolfe
Kyle Williams Wyatt
Carrie Wright
Colleen Zoller

Copyright, Citations, & Reproductions

Sacramento History Online and/or the owning institution specifically retains any rights, including possible copyright, which it may have in data, files, and/or the images (collectively the "Materials") available from this website. Sacramento History Online only permits the non-commercial, personal use of the Materials on this website. Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of any Materials from this website in either physical or digital form is prohibited without prior written permission from the owning institution. Ownership and copyright information for each item is listed in the catalog record:

Contact information for each of the project's member institutions is available from their "About Us" page. Visitors to Sacramento History Online wishing to use the Materials for non-commercial educational purposes (including teaching, research and journalism) may do so without prior consent. However, they must cite the material in the same manner as any printed or other work including the item's author, title, owning institution, and URL for Sacramento History Online ( Visitors interested in the website's images for publication, commercial usage, or reproduction must contact the owning institution directly for permission and purchasing information.