Center For Sacramento History – CSH
CSH is a historical research center for the Sacramento region
Research at the Center for Sacramento History
CSH is open for research by appointment only. Please call (916) 808-7072 to speak with an archivist about scheduling a time to conduct your research. It is advisable to call at least a week in advance for an appointment as there are limited spaces in the reading room.
The Center does not charge fees for on-site users to conduct research; however it does charge for reproduction services and rights. For those unable to visit the reading room, staff provides one hour reference service at no cost. Any additional time is $26.00 an hour.
Please notify CSH beforehand if special accommodations are needed during your visit. In order to maximize your research time, please arrive at the beginning of your appointment time. The current research times are as follows:
Day Hours Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Center for Sacramento History exhibits its historic artifact and documentary collections in various venues throughout the city and county of Sacramento. Listed are the following locations where the Center’s exhibitions may be viewed:
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento City Hall (Historic)
Office of the City Clerk
Sacramento City Hall (New)
Robert T. Matsui Gallery
Office of the Mayor
Sacramento History Museum
Sacramento International Airport (Terminal B)
The Center offers a growing number of internet-based starting points for your exploration into Sacramento’s history. Please use the menu options to the left for YouTube videos, Sacramento-specific educational curriculum, historical trivia, and other interpretive helps designed to assist you in your research.
Sacramento History Online
Sacramento History Online is a joint project of four Sacramento institutions to digitize and catalog over 2000 items from their collections which document agriculture and transportation in the Sacramento region from the mid 19th to early 20th century. 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.
Contributing institutions are the California State Library’s California History Room , the California State Railroad Museum Library, the Sacramento Public Library’s Sacramento Room , and CSH. These four institutions have extensive and unique holdings in regional history materials. They collectively serve over 20,000 patrons per year, including students, historians, teachers, writers, genealogists, publishers, and the film and television producers.
Each institution selected five hundred items from their collections that document the agricultural and transportation history of the Sacramento region. Railroads, bicycles, cars, airplanes, boats, horse-drawn vehicles, tractors, and other forms of agricultural and transportation machinery are included. Photographs, maps, technical drawings, manuscripts, posters, postcards, book and periodical illustrations, and ephemera illustrate both subjects.
Please visit www.sacramentohistory.org to search the database.
The Center for Sacramento History is proud to offer a growing number of historical publications, reproductions, and educational items to the public. All product sales help CSH in its mission to preserve, exhibit, and make accessible the history of the Sacramento region. Please visit the Center during research hours to purchase items or use the printable order form on our website. CSH currently only accepts cash or check payments.
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95811
CSH is located north of downtown Sacramento and easily accessible from Interstate 5. Take the Richards Blvd Exit on Interstate 5 and head east on Richards Blvd. At the stop light at Sequoia Pacific Blvd, turn left. CSH is the second warehouse on the right and has a large painted mural across the top of the building.
Parking is free and plentiful. CSH can also be reached via Sacramento Regional Transit bus routes #11 and #15.