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California State Library

The California State Library (CSL) is the official repository for all state records. The CSL's collections also include extensive court and city records and a wide variety of personal, business, church and court records, supported by a comprehensive collection of books, newspapers and pictorial materials. These documents are sources of information on fugitive slaves and the people who helped them in California. Because it is a public research facility that offers access to inportant research materials, the CSL will be a key facility in the Network to Freedom. The CLS has made funds available to California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) for the creation of a digital archive of antislavery documents at the university. Primary documents, including manumission papers, fugitive slave records, photographs and newspaper articles from the state library and other archives and collections will be posted at the CSUS library website for use by researchers, educators and others interested in learning about antislavery activity, including the Underground Railroad, in California.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, 95814

Contact Information: cslcal@library.ca.gov

Website: California State Library

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Kevin Starr

Location Type: Facility