California State Military Department
The California State Military Museum
A United States Army Museum Activity
Preserving California's Military Heritage
The Major General Walter P. Story Memorial Library and Research Center

The Major General Walter P. Story Memorial Library and and Research Center is one of the finest collections of military history writings in the western United States. With over 10,000 volumes and growing rapidly, the library is one of the state's hidden educational and historical treasures. Topics range from general military history to very specific and one of a kind documents, such as original unit rosters of early California Militia units.

Use of the library is free. Just tell the docent on duty that you're wish to use the library and he or she will give you directions.

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The library is always looking for new titles, documents and photographs to add to the collection. Unit histories, general military histories, technical and field manuals, biographies and other books of a military nature are always accepted, regardless of condition. Personal recollections that have been recorded in writing are most welcome. Books that are duplicates of one's already in our collection are often sold in the museum gift shop to help raise funds for the museum.

The museum is also looking for library grade equipment and furniture. Specifically we are looking for bookshelves, microfiche readers and printers, audio and video recorders, players and duplication equipment and computer equipment (Windows XP or later compatible, please.)


Were always looking for those with library and office skills, as well as historians and writers, to volunteer time in the library. Please contact use if you would like to volunteer!


To gain access to military personnel records, please contact the National Archives and Records Administration's National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

This facility is a research library, so books and documents can not be removed from the building with out the permission of the Chief Librarian.

To assist in your research, our Chief Librarian is available on Thuesday through Thursday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

For further information please call 916/854-1907 or e-mail

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