A number of Sacramento archives and libraries are providing access to tens of thousands of historic photographs of Sacramento through online digital collections. Many years of work have gone into digitizing and describing these collections, and although they continue to grow, they still represent only the tip of the iceberg when compared to the physical resources preserved at local repositories.
Here are just a few of the collections now available online:
Visitors can search and view nearly 20,000 California photographs, prints and drawings in the California State Library's Picture Catalog. The images represent approximately 10% of the library's historic image collection.
The Center for Sacramento History has millions of photographs in its physical collections and its online Pastperfect database boasts over 50,000 images.
Thanks to generous support from the Sacramento Public Library Foundation, the Sacramento Room recently launched the Sacramento Room Digital Collections website. The site currently features over 3,000 historic Sacramento photographs, menus and postcards.
Over 2,000 images of Sacramento transportation and agriculture are on display at Sacramento History Online. Completed in 2004, the digitization project is a joint venture of the Center for Sacramento History, California State Library's California History Room, California State Railroad Museum Library and Sacramento Public Library's Sacramento Room.