About Calisphere

Welcome to Calisphere: your gateway to California’s remarkable digital collections. Calisphere provides free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. Discover over 400,000 photographs, documents, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings, and more.

The collections on Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other important libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state.

For more information about how to use Calisphere and the materials you find here, please consult the help page and terms of use. Information about Calisphere's technical framework can also be found on our help page.

Our organization

Calisphere is a project of the University of California Libraries, developed and maintained by the California Digital Library.

Join us!

Calisphere aggregates digital content and metadata from established collecting institutions (such as libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies) in California. If you represent such an organization and are interested in contributing digital content to Calisphere, click here to learn more.

We're hiring

We are currently hiring for an Application Programmer to help us grow the amount of content on Calisphere. Learn more about this job opportunity.

Spread the word

Love Calisphere? Help us spread the word! Check out our outreach tips and tools for sharing Calisphere with others.

Looking for JARDA and other themed collections?

The Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA), California Cultures, and California History themed collections are temporarily hosted on an older version of Calisphere.

Three generations of the Uchida family at Manzanar War Relocation Center

Click here to browse themed collections before making the jump.