Selected Library of Congress Resources for California
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The extensive collections at the Library of Congress contain historic artifacts and cultural materials from across the U.S. The list below is just a sample of the many California resources available for free on the Library's Web site.
Teachers can find even more primary sources, along with the tools to help use them in the classroom, at www.loc.gov/teachers. They can also search the Library's American Memory or Prints and Photographs collections.
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Sacramento city, Ca. : from the foot of J. Street, showing I, J, & K. Sts. with the Sierra Nevada...
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Panoramic San Francisco, from California Street hill, 1877
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[California election ticket]. We will defend it forever! National Union ticket.
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Sunny California, 1941
South Spring Street, Los Angeles, Cal. / Thomas A. Edison, Inc...
Federal Theatre [on] Treasure Island "Swing mikado"...
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I'm going back to California / Ernest R. Ball [notated music]
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The way they go to California / lith. & pub. by N. Currier. 1849
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The miner's ten commandments. Placerville El Dorado Co, Cal [c. 1853]
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Close-up view of the California poppy, Eschocholtzia californica
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San Francisco Cable Railway, Washington & Mason Streets...
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The great seal of the State of California, 1904
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