January 17, 2022

Thousands of Historical California Legislative Publications Digitized and Now Openly Available Online via HathiTrust

From the HathiTrust Blog:

2018-09-07_12-32-18California historical legislative research just got a bit easier. As a result of a collaboration between the California Office of Legislative Counsel and librarians at the University of California, Stanford University and the California State Library, nearly 4,000 California Assembly and Senate publications are now online and have been opened for reading access to everyone worldwide. They are available in the HathiTrust Digital Library as a featured collection, as well as individually in Google Books.

What is in this collection?

In the table below are given the total number and date ranges for each of the various types of publications represented.


Number of Volumes




1911 – 1988



1849 – 2008

Final Histories


1973 – 2010



1849 – 2009

Journal Appendices


1855 – 1931

Constitutional Amendments


1964 – 2016

Final Calendars


1899 – 2011

The collection is not yet comprehensive, as there are gaps in the series for each publication type, and work will continue to locate copies of missing volumes, to digitize them, and to include them in this set of open materials.

Learn More About the Collection, Read the Complete Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.