Each year California produces an Archives Month poster. The California Archives Month Statewide Coordinating Committee chooses a theme and asks archives and libraries from around the state to submit images related to that theme. The Committee is comprised of representatives from the California Historical Records Advisory Board, the California State Archives, the Friends of California Archives, the National Archives, and the Society of California Archivists. The poster is then designed using the image or images that best represent the theme and also work well in a poster format.
“Building on History’s Foundations,” is the theme for the 2018 California Archives Month poster. From the homes of settlers of early California ranchos, to colorful Victorian-era houses, to mid-century modern structures, to towering skyscrapers, the buildings of California are unique. There are numerous iconic buildings such as the State Capitol in Sacramento, the TransAmerica pyramid in San Francisco, and the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles. Other buildings, though less well-known, capture the history of significant individuals or communities and their impact on the state. This year’s Archives Month theme celebrates California’s architecture, including the planning and construction phases as well as completed buildings and restoration projects.
The 2018 California Archives Month poster can be seen above. It was designed by Alison Wannamaker for the California Archives Month Statewide Coordinating Committee. Images of the Hearst Estate at San Simeon chosen for use on the poster come from the collections of the California State Parks Archives as well as the Special Collections and Archives at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Many California repositories generously submitted images for potential use on the poster, and all of those images were added to the gallery that is viewable on this website. You can also view previous years posters.