Inspire a strong future by preserving the past.

Cultural heritage is one of the most valuable assets that we have. We need it to grow, to develop, and to thrive. With it, we become better people.

Our Mission

The California State Library Foundation is the independent philanthropic partner of the California State Library in strengthening information resources which enrich the social and cultural heritage of California and its people. 

Our world is obsessed with the future. So, why would anyone be concerned about historical documents and objects?

History may lack immediate rewards, but it is universally indispensable. In fact, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) views the loss of cultural artifacts as a devastating impact on a nation’s security and stability.

Understanding our past helps us understand how to motivate positive change, inspire citizenship, and improve quality of life. Cultural education also helps us increase awareness, develop critical thinking skills, and solve problems. It is the key to growth.

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Support Cultural Education

The California State Library Foundation needs your help to protect the Library’s culturally essential services and vast collection containing millions of artifacts. While the Library does receive funding from state and federal governments, ever-increasing competition for those funds means looking beyond tax revenue to accomplish objectives. You can make a difference!

Bulletins

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Revisit some historic San Francisco souvenir books and sewing machine advertising while celebrating a decade...

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Featuring a local family’s fight for truth and reparations in Coloma, California and showcasing a...

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Introducing the Digital Concierge Service and staff. Discover the history of San Diego’s Tent City...

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More behind the scenes of a pandemic in the California State Capitol and State Library...

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Behind the scenes of a pandemic through the eyes of the public in the Covid...

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Women’s Suffrage in California, A tribute to Sutro librarian Richard Dillon, and 170 years of...

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Two stories inspired by photographs: the mystery of the unnamed Black miner daguerreotype, and a...

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Kibbey Fellow, Michelle Trujillo, discusses FSA land reappropriation in California during WWII and librarian Lauran...

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The intriguing case of Archy Lee, California’s “Dred Scott” legal battle. Pictorial works of artist...

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Executive Director, Brittneydawn Cook, gets introduced and shares some history on Folsom Dam and Powerhouse.

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Features the California Wonder, Alabaster Cave. Former Board Member JoAnn Levy writes on Schuyler Colfax...

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Featuring Johnny Cash: Fifty Years after Folsom and San Quentin, The Gold Discovery Revisited, and...

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The Blog

Big Day of Giving 2022!

Big Day of Giving 2022!

The Big Day of Giving is upon us, and we are asking for you to help us celebrate our 40th Birthday by donating in our honor. Over the past four decades the California State Library Foundation has provided much ...
Dear California: Alfred Eichler’s Golden State

Dear California: Alfred Eichler’s Golden State

Who is Alfred Eichler? The story of Eichler is one worth listening to. A story of a Deaf architect during the 1930s whose art and designs not only brought to life our Golden State, but who persevered during a time ...

“CSLF publishes a series of high quality and scholarly publications, most notably the long run Bulletin. Its editors are professional and knowledgeable about all aspects of California, its past, present, and tangible future. Its special issues are delightful to read and collect, with their well-researched, but untapped topics on places, buildings, and people of historical importance. ”

Hui-Lan Titangos, Santa Cruz

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The California State Library Foundation relies on support from people like you who value the importance of preserving cultural history for future generations. Check out the benefits and privileges of membership!