State offers Net catalog of archives

first_imgBowen took office in January. Others in the office have been working on the project for several years, with advice from archivists and information specialists. SACRAMENTO – A catalog of the collections in the California State Archives is now available online – a boon to those researching the state’s history. It describes documents from the Legislature and executive agencies, including maps, videotapes and photographs, and actions in the state Court of Appeal and state Supreme Court cases. The actual documents – about 232 million pages – have not been electronically copied. The computerized system is dubbed Minerva, after the Roman goddess of wisdom who is featured on the official California State Seal, and can be accessed at http://minerva.sos.ca.gov. It replaces the state’s paper-based method of keeping records. In a written statement, Secretary of State Debra Bowen called the system a “gold mine for historians, journalists, students and anyone else who just loves California history.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more