The Archives collects, preserves, and interprets records of the work done by the California Academy of Sciences, the history of science in the American West, and the research of scientists throughout the Pacific Rim. Our collections include over 70,000 digital images, 100,000 prints and negatives, 3,000 reels of film, significant natural history illustrations and paintings, manuscripts and assorted text, and a small (but growing) collection of software and other digital records. From the handwritten minutes of the first meeting of the Academy in April 1853 to backups of the Academy’s Twitter feed, the Academy Archives is the institutional memory of the California Academy of Sciences.
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- The Manzanita Image Project offers over 32,000 images of plants, animals, people, culture and landscapes online.
- The Academy Library Image Gallery, which is for in house use only, contains images of Academy history and expeditions.
Using the Collections
Who can use the Academy Library?
The Library is open to all staff, students, and volunteers of the Academy during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm).
Members of the public with a legitimate research interest are welcome to use the collections by appointment.
Can I check out books from the Academy Library?
Items from the Academy Library only circulate to Academy Staff for in-house use. Members of the public may view items in the Naturalist Center
How do I contact a Librarian?
Librarians are generally available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm).
We can help you with questions, provide referrals, or schedule an appointment for you to visit the Library.
You can contact the Library by
Phone: (415) 379-5484
How do I look up a book?
How do I find journal articles?
The Academy Library offers access to a variety of databases and indexes, both free and subscription services. You must be on-site at the Academy to use the subscription databases.
I know what I want, now how do I get it?
I can’t find any archival collections in the catalog. How do I search for those?
Can I reuse or publish your photographs or other materials?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Please see Scanning, Reproduction & Use for more information.
Can I volunteer at the Library?
We periodically have volunteer opportunities for both short-term, project based and long-term assignments.
Please contact Volunteer Services if you are interested in becoming a Library volunteer.