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We do have some of the old Sacramento City Directories, the earliest of which is 1893. There are also cemetery directories available for Sacramento.  A much richer resource for local historical information  is at the California Room of the California State Library,[see Other Resources page].

Local Newspapers

Our Library contains microfilm back issues of both the Sacramento Bee and portions of the Sacramento Union, as well several other local newspapers. 

This library has microfilm copies of the Sacramento Union [1903-1906, 1968-1991].  We also have original bound paper copies [1903 to July 2, 1991]  that were donated to the CSUS Library after the newspaper ceased publishing.  These are housed in the Special Collections and University Archives department.  Arrangements must be made to view these original volumes by calling 278-6144.

The Sacramento Bee [February 3, 1857- Current] has a complete run, but the historical indexing is limited to 1895-1935.  The  Sacramento Bee Historical Index on microfilm is filed directly after the most recent microfilm copies of the Sacramento Bee in our Library Media Center.

The public version of Sacramento Bee is available electronically at  Our electronic full-text subscription (1984-current) is available to anyone using our library computers, however, remote access is limited to our own students, faculty and staff.   Classified death notices have been searchable online since May 7, 1997.  You can also contact the paper for a fee-based search. The Genealogical Association of Sacramento created a name index to the microfilm records of the Bee listing births, marriages and deaths from 1857 to 1905.  This is located in the microfiche collection in the Library Media Center: Sacramento Bee newspaper index of births, marriages, deaths  

In the mid 1980s the California State Library conducted a project to identify the newspaper holdings of libraries throughout the state: Newspapers in California.  This will identify by County and City the vagaries of newspaper title changes throughout the years and also which libraries hold each title.  They also have the best collection of historic newspapers in the state.  Consult :  Newspaper holdings of the California State Library.  We own both of these books.

Other historic California newspapers available at CSUS include:

  • The California Star (1847-1848)
  • Marysville Daily Appeal (1861-1905)
  • The Placer Argus (various years from 1882-1987)

Approximately 100 current California newspapers can be searched through the America's Newspaper link below, including the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times:

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