Root Cellar's Library

Root Cellar Library Docents have recently completed the shelf check of our holdings and entry of such into a database. With nearly 6,000 volumes in the library, this has been a long and arduous task. The result will be a searchable catalog on the Online Catalog page of this website. At present, a small sampling is posted there. While this posting to the Library page will take some time to complete, we have provided below the new catalog as a set of searchable PDF files for you to download and use on your computer. Those will be updated from time to time. We hope this will help your research.


The following links will take multiple minutes to download the file.
Titles List (5 MB., updated 9 Nov 2014)
Catalog – Part One (31 MB., updated 9 Nov 2014) “10,000…” through “Guide to Irish…”
Catalog – Part Two (31 MB., updated 9 Nov 2014) “Guide to Local…” through “Quaker Marriage”
Catalog – Part Three (20 MB., updated 9 Nov 2014) Starts with “Quaker Records”


A video tour of Root Cellar's Library conducted by Sammie Hudgens on Dec. 14, 2015. Press the triangle play button in the center of the window. There may be a one or two minute delay before it starts (time required to download from YouTube). Duration: 14 minutes.

The Library was profiled in the Vol 36, No. 1 (Feb. 2014) issue of ROOT CELLAR PRESERVES which can be found in the members-only section of this website. Note that new additions to the Library are listed in each issue of PRESERVES.

Root Cellar's Library is located at the
California State Archives
1020 O Street, Sacramento, California
Finding the library room:
Proceed to the fourth floor of the Sec. of State Archives building. The Root Cellar library is in one of the rooms adjacent and connecting to the big round public reading area (the "Research Room"). To avoid paying for parking, take the light rail system. The Archives Plaza Station is nearby.
Click here for the Research Room's hours of operation.
If you plan to drive:
Click here for directions and parking instructions.
Click here for City of Sacramento general parking information.
When you visit, don't forget to sign the Root Cellar visitor log. Knowing when patrons
use the facility is key to scheduling volunteer Docents and facility hours.
Library Holdings Online Catalog Project Update – November 6, 2014
Inventory of the library's holdings has been completed. Catalog data is currently being prepared for posting on the website's Online Catalog page. A lot of credit goes to Denise Miller who has spent uncounted hours creating the inventory and many more doing data entry. Thanks also goes to Ron Setzer (technical support) and to the following volunteers who helped with the physical inventory: Sammie Hudgens, Jack Banks and Marilyn Ulbricht.
State Archives
has resources
of interest to genealogists!
The California State Archives has record collections of great interest to genealogists and family history researchers. Their holdings include census schedules, county records, mental health records, state military records, prison records, court cases, corporate articles of incorporation, trademarks and professional licensing records.
Click here to display their Family History Resources page.
Volunteers Needed to Serve as Library Docents
We are always looking for a few good people to volunteer for duty at Root Cellar's Library, located in the State Archive Building at 10th & O Streets. The on-duty docents provide assistance to library visitors and protect the collection.
For questions or to volunteer, contact:
Carolee Jones at or (916) 531-6281
Thank you!