Formed in 1971, SCA is a professional association devoted to the support and development of individuals and institutions that collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California.
The Society's membership includes archivists, manuscript curators, records managers, conservators, historians, librarians, genealogists, museum curators, students, and volunteers. Members are affiliated with colleges and universities; federal, state and local government archives and records centers; historical societies; museums; libraries; corporations; educational, religious, and medical institutions; and private collections.
Visit our exhibit to see the “Preserving Your History” Brochure Series. Learn all about doing oral histories or neighborhood histories, and preserving family papers and photographs. “Preserving Your History” guides are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Text-only PDF versions are available on our website, or you can order multiple copies by mail.
Throughout the year, the SCA Education Committee coordinates workshops on a wide variety of topics intended for the professional development of archivists; the workshops are located throughout the state. Information about past workshop topics is available on our website.
In addition to workshops, SCA co-sponsors the Western Archives Institute, an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including those who(se):
- jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but have little or no previous archives education;
- have expanding responsibility for archival materials;
- are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction;and
- demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.
The 2012 Western Archives Institute will be held from July 8-July 20 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
c/o California State Archives
1020 “O” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814