California History

Published by the University of California Press in association with CHS

California History

CHS's initial undertaking in 1922 was the publication of a quarterly journal, which it produced until 2013. Under CHS's 90-year stewardship, from 1922 to 2013, California History advanced knowledge about the Golden State with articles by leading scholars and writers. Focusing on California and the West from pre-Columbian to recent times, the journal featured compelling essays augmented by content-rich images (many from CHS's own archives), book reviews, features on CHS Collections and fine arts photography, and commentary.

Now published by the University of California Press in association with CHS—under the editorship of Josh Sides at the California State University, Northridge—California History remains an important vehicle for scholarly inquiry and production.

The journal—both archived and current content—is accessible through JSTOR's online hosting platform. CHS members can subscribe to California History through UC Press at a special CHS membership discount as part of an array of CHS membership benefits.

Adam Matthew Digital

Online Research and Teaching Collections

From 2009 to 2014, CHS contributed to the online research and teaching collections of Adam Matthew Digital, a leader in the development of academic text and data mining for universities, colleges, and libraries. During these years, CHS contributed thousands of materials from our collections to the following thematic digital resources:

  • Leisure Travel and Mass Culture: The History of Mass Tourism
    This resource presents a multi-national journey through well-known, little-known, and far-flung destinations unlocked for the average traveler between 1850 and the 1980s. Guidebooks and brochures, periodicals, travel agency correspondence, photographs, and personal travel journals provide unique insight into the expansion, accessibility, and affordability of tourism for the masses and the evolution of some of the most successful travel agencies in the world.
  • Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters Through a large array of unique documents, this multi-archive collection captures the lives, experiences, and colonial encounters of people living at the edges of the Anglophone world from 1650 to 1920. It ranges across the various colonial frontiers of North America before touching on the settlers of Southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Migration to New Worlds: The Century of Immigration
    From the century of immigration, through to the modern era, Migration to New Worlds charts the emigration experience of millions across 200 years of turbulent history. Explore the rise and fall of the New Zealand Company, discover British, European and Asian migration, and investigate unique primary source personal accounts, shipping logs, printed literature, and organizational papers supplemented by carefully compiled teaching and research aids.
  • Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange
    This resource brings together manuscript, printed, and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged, and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption, and social practices.
  • China, America and the Pacific
    Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America, and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects, and maps document this fascinating history.
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