Archived Governor Websites
CA.gov hosts a selection of no longer active executive branch websites for access purposes. These websites are “frozen in time” and are representations of the original websites and approximate the interface and functionality for easy access by the public. These websites are no longer updated so links to external websites and some internal pages will not work.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Governor Brown’s website archive is a useful resource for photographs, speeches, press releases, and other public domain records of the Brown Governorship from 2011-2019.
State Archive Resources
California’s first legislature, meeting in 1849–50, charged the Secretary of State to receive “…all public records, registered maps, books, papers, rolls, documents and other writings . . . which appertain to or are in any way connected with the political history and past administration of the government of California.” The Act Concerning the Public Archives (Chapter 1, Statutes of 1850 (PDF)) was the first law signed by California’s first governor on January 5, 1850. The California State Archives, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, continues to serve in the spirit of those early instructions, providing a repository for the state’s permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history. The California State Archives serves a wide variety of researchers whose interests range from legislative intent and public policy to genealogy and railroad history in California.