Calisphere is a free website that offers educators, students, and the public access to more than 200,000 primary sources such as photographs, documents, newspapers, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, and other cultural artifacts. These materials reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
Additional features include:
- Themed Collections: primary source materials organized into historical eras, from the 1780s to the 1970s.
- California Cultures: photographs and documents relating to African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans.
- Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives (JARDA): personal and official images and documents showing the story of Japanese American internment during World War II.
- UC websites: more than 500 UC-created websites that reflect the diverse interests and scholarship of the ten campuses.
Calisphere's Relationship to the OAC
The content in Calisphere is drawn from the digital content in the Online Archive of California (OAC). These two websites exist because they serve two very different user needs. For research-oriented users who want to go beyond what is available online and locate the actual, physical item, the OAC is the best starting point. For users whose primary interest is to view digitized images and documents, Calisphere is a place to explore online content. In addition, Calisphere provides K-12 educators with a subset of content organized and aligned with California Content Standards.