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State Sponsored Repositories

Many state agencies include a state archives. Other states, however, combine a state library (some states do not operate a state library) and archives. We also find that other states have an agency called a historical society, but do not have department called an archives or state library.

Although only one agency has been chosen per state in the table immediately below, individuals are encouraged to use their favorite search engine or combination of search engines to look for additional state historical collections.

State Historical Collections
Alabama http://www.archives.state.al.us/
Alaska http://www.archives.state.ak.us/
Arizona http://www.lib.az.us/
Arkansas http://www.ark-ives.com/
California http://www.ss.ca.gov/archives/archives.htm
Colorado http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/
Connecticut http://www.cslib.org/archives.htm
Delaware http://www.state.de.us/sos/dpa/
Florida http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/fsa.html
Georgia http://www.georgiaarchives.org/
Hawaii http://www.hawaii.gov/dags/archives/
Idaho http://www.idahohistory.net/
Illinois http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html
Indiana http://www.in.gov/icpr/archives/
Iowa http://www.state.ia.us/iowahistory/archives/index.html
Kansas http://www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/govtrecords/index.htm
Kentucky http://www.kdla.ky.gov/
Louisiana http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/archives/archives/archives-index.htm
Maine http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/
Maryland http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/
Massachusetts http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm
Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17445_19273_19313---,00.html
Minnesota http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/records/
Mississippi http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/
Missouri http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/
Montana http://www.his.state.mt.us/
Nebraska http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/
Nevada http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/
New Hampshire http://www.sos.nh.gov/archives/
New Jersey http://www.njarchives.org/
New Mexico http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm
New York http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml
North Carolina http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/
North Dakota http://www.state.nd.us/hist/sal.htm
Ohio http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/statearc/
Oklahoma http://www.odl.state.ok.us/oar/
Oregon http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/
Pennsylvania http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/overview.htm
Rhode Island http://www.sec.state.ri.us/Archives
South Carolina http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/
South Dakota http://www.sdhistory.org/archives.htm
Tennessee http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/
Texas http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/
Utah http://www.archives.state.ut.us/
Vermont http://vermont-archives.org/
Virginia http://www.lva.lib.va.us/
Washignton http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/
West Virginia http://www.wvculture.org/HiStory/wvsamenu.html
Wisconsin http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/
Wyoming http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/