May 19, 2022

Digital Collections: Calisphere, From the California Digital Library (CDL), Passes Two Million Digital Primary Resource Items, “Virtual Meeting” Backgrounds Now Available

From a CDL Blog Post:

We are delighted to announce that Calisphere now provides access to over two million historical images, texts, recordings, and other primary resources from the state of California’s remarkable digital collections. Explore early maps of the world; photographs from historical newspapers; paintings reflecting periods of cultural significance; personal journals and diaries charting new frontiers; political posters calling for decades of social and political change; and interviews with and oral histories of the citizens of this state. Visit Calisphere to access this openly-available, statewide aggregation of digitized resources from over 300 participating institutions and delve into the stories that have shaped California throughout its history.


We’re celebrating this significant milestone with a collection of free “virtual meeting” backgrounds to share with colleagues, students, researchers, and friends. Choose from a variety of iconic, historical, or whimsical images to set as your virtual meeting background.

Learn More, Read the Complete Post, Access the Digital Backgrounds

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Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.