The 2nd Annual SAASC Mini Conference at the California State Archives was another grand success! Approximately 10-15 students from SJSU iSchool and the Sac State Public History Masters program gathered on June 18th to hear Nancy Lenoil, CA State Archivist, present the ins and outs of archival management and grant writing; and Linda Johnson, CSA Education and Outreach Coordinator, present about archival outreach.
Nancy also led the group on a generous behind-the-scenes tour of the State Archives. Did you know that on January 5, 1850 (eight months before the state was officially formed on September 9, 1850) the first California law created the State Archives? According to this law, the Secretary of State was held responsible for collecting, keeping, and preserving the records of the government. On our tour, we saw the special telescoping boxes that were created to hold the archives' oversized scrolls, the preservation room, the Constitution Wall, and even 19th century mug shots (at the time it was required to take a photo of the same person with and without a hat!).
Did you miss it? Check out our photos and be sure to keep an eye out for next year's SAASC Mini Conference!
You can also see the State Archives at the 2016 Sacramento Archives Crawl on October 8. Mark your calendars!