Access and use
Information about our collections can be found in two places: SearchWorks and the Online Archive of California (OAC). We recommend starting with SearchWorks, the Libraries' online catalog. It contains high level information (e.g. creator, title, dates, summary, subjects) about all of our collections. It also contains links to finding aids (detailed collection guides) and, in some instances, links to online content. For recommended search strategies check out our Guide to Finding Archives Material.
The OAC is where we publish our finding aids, which list the full contents of our collections. Use the OAC to search across or within finding aids to determine the boxes you need to examine. Check out the OAC Help page for more information.
Boxes may be requested online via SearchWorks (look for the blue Request on-site access button on the left).
For more information on requesting materials, see How to request materials. Please note that since most of our materials are stored offsite requests must be paged at least two days before you intend to use them. For additional information see Using collections.