Sac History Happenings

News and developments in Sacramento and California history

January 3, 2011
Introduction to Contributor Amanda Graham

Sacramento Room.jpg Let me begin my first entry as a contributor to the Sac History Happenings blog with an introduction. My name is Amanda Graham, and I am the archivist for the special collections and archives of the Sacramento Public Library, which are housed in the Sacramento Room on the 2nd floor of the historic Carnegie library at 828 I Street.

I was born in Eureka, California, and grew up along the West Coast, spending most of my formative years in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I earned my BS in history from Southern Oregon University and my MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archival studies from the University of Texas at Austin. While in that program, I had the pleasure of completing internships at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and at the archives of Stephen F. Austin High School. After graduation, I worked as a photograph archivist for the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana. I moved to sunny Sacramento in May of this last year to begin work in the Sacramento Room at the Sacramento Public Library.

The Sacramento Room is primarily a special collections library. We collect books on Sacramento history, works by Sacramento-area authors, recordings and sheet music by Sacramento musicians and songwriters, resources for the study of California history with an emphasis on Northern California, and an extensive collection covering book arts and printing history. Our archives consists of the records of the Sacramento Public Library as well as a number of small collections from local individuals and organizations. We welcome the public five days a week, including Saturdays and Sundays (no appointment necessary), and we host numerous special programs, tours and events throughout the year.

I look forward to being a regular contributor to this blog, which I believe will be an invaluable tool for sharing the wealth of history resources that this region has to offer.

PHOTO CREDIT: A View of the Sacramento Room Reading Room at the Sacramento Public Library (828 I Street).

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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