Cultural Resources Division
The Mission of the Cultural Resources Division:
To provide inspiration and leadership in acquiring, conserving,
and managing cultural resources that
represent California’s rich history and diverse population
To foster an appreciation of the extraordinary value of
California’s cultural heritage for the enjoyment of present and
future generations through access, education, service, and stewardship.
California State Parks is responsible for the management of over one million museum objects, two million archaeological specimens, and more than three million archival documents throughout the state in more than 140 different parks.
California Statewide Museum Collections Center (SMCC)
Museum Collections Management Handbook, Volume II: Practices & Procedures
Guidelines for Writing a Scope of Collections Statement
Cultural Landscapes Planning and Stewardship
California State Parks and the National Park Service (NPS) have signed an agreement to create a Cultural Landscapes Planning and Stewardship Program. In this program, the NPS is providing technical assistance to help develop cultural landscape management and treatment plans.
Historic Building Condition Assessment
Historic Cemetery Assessment
Historic Orchard Assessment
California's long human occupation of over 12,000 years has created tens of thousands of archaeological sites, representing villages, hunting, gathering and fishing areas, religious and ceremonial locations, trails and rock art sites. The cultural complexity of ancient California is unmatched in North America.
Cultural Heritage Publications
Vol. 32: Pre-Mansion Historical Resources of Bidwell Mansion SHP
Vol. 31: Thirty Years of Cultural Stewardship: John Foster, David L. Feltonand Glenn Farris
Vol. 30: Tolowa Heritage at Red Elderberry Place, Chvn-su’lh-dvn, Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP
Vol. 29: Investigations at Carrizo Creek Stage Station
Vol. 28: CA-NEV-13H Locus F and GDonner Memorial SP
Vol. 27: Human History of Red Rock Canyon
Vol. 26: Archaeology and History in Año Nuevo State Park
Permit to Conduct Archaeological Investigations on State Parks Land (DPR-412A)
Field Work and Research Information
Colorado Desert District Archaeological Site Stewardship Program
Index to Historic and Archaeological Resources in California State Parks
Cultural Resource Management in California State Parks
California State Parks is the steward of many of California's most significant cultural treasures. Whether preserving historic structures, archival documents, shipwrecks, gold rush towns, ancient villages or museum collections, the job of managing heritage resources can be described in three steps.
California's wealth lies in the diversity of its land and people. Our cultural heritage is derived from at least 300 indigenous tribal groups and explorers and immigrants from many continents, including '49ers seeking gold and settlers seeking a new life. There were many reasons why people chose to come to this part of the world, but all brought their skills and dreams.
The Built Environment
The built environment includes an array of historic buildings, structures, and objects all, serving as physical connections to the past, reflecting the history and impact of California's diverse cultures.
Cultural landscapes portray how humans have used and adapted natural resources over time, whether through agricultural, mining, ranching and settlement activities, or traditional Native American cultural practices.