After my last blog on the fabulous Life Magazine image database, I ought to at least mention two fine online collections of Sacramento and California-related photographs.
The Online Archive of California pulls together historic materials from many institutions in the state, including museums, historical societies and archives. The OAC gives you access to over 120,000 images (photos, paintings and other illustrations), as well as 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories. An image search page lets you browse by broad category (places, people, history, etc.) or enter a keyword for a more targeted search. A quick hunt for "earthquake 1906" retrieves dozens of disturbing photographs of San Francisco destruction.
On the local level, Sacramento History Online provides web access to a collection of photographs, maps, technical drawings, manuscripts, posters, postcards, book and periodical illustrations. SHO contains material contributed by the California State Library's California History Section, the California State Railroad Museum Library, the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, and the Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room. The emphasis is on transportation and agriculture (1840-1939), but these themes encompass a variety of views of the city. (Photo caption: Looking east on J St., Sacramento, showing bank buildings. © Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center.)