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Sacramento Union Newspaper. Archives.

Collection Number: D-350

The archives contain 660 bound volumes and some accounting and business records from the early years of the newspaper. The photograph files run daily from 1966 to 1994. The clipping files provide subject access for 1972 through 1992. And the business records cover the last eighteen months of the newspaper's struggle to survive. The collection provides a wealth of information for researchers interested in the Sacramento region in the last quarter of the 20th century.

  • Microfilm format
The use copy of the Sacramento Union is the microfilm which is available for 1851-1994. Shields Library holds the microfilm for the years 1851-1854; 1856-1864 and 1869-1994. Researchers are welcome to use the microfilm, located in the lower level of Shields Library, anytime Shields Library is open. Other local repositories that hold the Sacramento Union microfilm include the California State University, Sacramento Library, Sacramento Public Library, and the California State Library. Researchers not in the Davis area should contact their local public library to explore options to borrow the microfilm via inter-library loan.
  • Digital format
The California Newspaper Project has digitized the Sacramento Daily Union for 1851-1899 and the Sacramento Union for 1906-1922. Search for articles on their website. The Library of Congress Chronicling America Collection has digitized the Sacramento Daily Record-Union for 1880-1891 and the Record-Union for 1891-1899. Until it closed its doors in 1994, the Sacramento Union was the oldest daily newspaper west of the Mississippi.

Finding Aid

Finding Aid on the Online Archive of California

Inclusive Dates



809.3 linear feet


California History

Additional Collection Info

Blog post about the collection