Pub crawls are nothing new and there’s even a local Red Shoe Crawl…but did you know the region is home to an annual Archives Crawl as well?
In celebration of American Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 5th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am to 4 pm. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is Powered by the Past.
Showcasing historic treasures from 23 Northern California institutions, special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations: California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.
Crawling to the four host locations to view archival collections and to take behind-the-scenes tours will be easy and convenient since all locations are within downtown Sacramento. If needed, free transportation between host locations will also be provided via transit buses.
For those with families, the Archives Crawl will feature a “History Scavenger Hunt,” where K-12 students answer questions about the documents and artifacts on display at the four crawl locations. Those correctly answering ten of the clues are then eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win two iPad minis, one for a K-5 student and another for a 6-12 student. (More info on scavenger hunt at sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com).
A sampling of the items on special display for the crawl this year include photographs and printed material from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 (California State Archives); photographs of Folsom Powerhouse (California State Library); a photographic exhibit on the history of electrical power generation in Sacramento (Center for Sacramento History); and photographs, newsletters, yearbooks, artifacts from the former Mather and McClellan Air Force Bases (Sacramento Public Library).
In addition, representatives from other archives and special collections libraries will be at the host locations to discuss their archival collections – historic photographs, rare books, historic artifacts – and answer questions about how to connect with local history resources and care for historical records and artifacts.
The following is a list of the host locations and the repositories that will be tabling at each. Participants may start at any of the four locations:
California State Archives (1020 O Street)
California State University, Sacramento SAA Student Chapter
Caltrans Transportation Library & History Center
El Dorado County Historical Museum
Lavender Library, Archive, and Cultural Exchange
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Gold Rush Research Library
Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society Library
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Society of California Archivists
California State Library (900 N Street)
California State Parks Archives
California State Parks, Photographic Archives
Placer County Museums Archives & Research Center
University of California, Davis
Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd)
Congregation B’nai Israel Archives
Sacramento City College Archives
Sacramento River Delta Historical Society
Yolo County Archives
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room (828 I Street)
California State Railroad Museum Library
California State University, Sacramento
Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives
Free Archives Crawl passports will be given to guests as they visit the first host institution of their choice. The passport provides a map of the event and information about the participating institutions. Event attendees who get their passport stamped at three of the four host sites will be given a set of limited-edition commemorative coasters. The coasters celebrate the Powered by the Past theme with photographs and graphics of California power production and use.
This event was made possible by financial support from the California State Library Foundation, the Gordon-Goldstein Foundation, the Sacramento History Alliance, the Sacramento Public Library, the Sierra Health Foundation, and Yellow Cab of Sacramento.
The 5th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl is part of American Archives Month, a nationwide celebration held each October to raise awareness of the value of archives and to recognize the archivists who bring the past to the present. For more information about the Sacramento Archives Crawl, please visit sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com. For information about other archival events in California, visit calarchivesmonth.org.
Photo of the construction of Folsom Dam by the Sacramento Bee c. 1954. Courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History.