by Kathleen Correia and Staff of the California History Section
“I wanted to thank the CA State Library for being part of the Archives Crawl again. That is one of my favorite community activities in Sacramento. Your collection is outstanding.” – email from a patron.
The Sacramento Archives Crawl was held Saturday, October 3, at four host institutions—Sacramento Public Library, California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History and the California State Library’s California History Room. We counted more than 450 happy participants.
The first floor rotunda was home to the exhibits of four visiting institutions: UC Davis Special Collections; Placer County Museums, Archives and Research Center; California State Parks Archives; and California State Parks, Photographic Archives. Participants examined the newly installed Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) display in the Mead Kibbey second floor exhibit area. The PPIE displays were augmented beautifully by Vince and Matt and their PPIE 3D exhibit and PPIE film reprised from our California State Fair presence this summer.
After “crawlers” got their passports stamped in the California History Room, they enjoyed displays on the theme of power; staff members had set up “mini exhibits” of photos, maps, charts, ephemeral materials and more. Gary Kurutz was a hit, as always, in the Rare Materials Reading Room with the James Marshall map, California as an Island map, an Audubon folio, Daguerreotypes and much, much more. Staff was pleased to hear many attendees say the California State Library’s displays were their absolute favorite of the entire Crawl!
This event would not happen without the help of lots of people! Thanks to California History Section staff who helped out on Saturday, to James for making sure HVAC, elevators, doors and all things mechanical worked great, to Vince and Matt for their awesome displays, to Marta at the CSL Foundation and to Kim, Debby, Kris and Karina for PR! My apologies if I forgot any other helpers. Thanks, everybody, for another successful Crawl!