The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Digital Exhibits

Charming Chinese Boy Scouts. From right to left: Edwin Lee, Richard Mock, George Wong, and Allen Lew.

A digital exhibit, also called an online or virtual exhibit, is a selection of images and documents chosen around an interpretive theme and supplemented with descriptive text in an online format. Digital exhibits offer universal access to information to those without the resources to travel to visit museums. Online exhibits have been created by a variety of museums, archives, universities and libraries. At large institutions, digital exhibits are created to supplement physical exhibits or as an independent project. The largest platform for digital exhibits is Google Arts & Culture. The California State Archives uses this platform to share their holdings, including a recent exhibit titled A Campaign to Unite the Nation: Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 Presidential Campaign in CaliforniaSee below for links to a variety of digital exhibit styles and topics.

Smaller organizations, like the Fresno Historical Society, have embraced digital exhibits as a cost-effective way to share their resources with a broader audience. Archivist Katy Hogue is pleased to announce our digital exhibit page on Flickr This photo sharing platform allows the Society to create exhibit albums with an introduction, as well as detailed image and document descriptions. Digital exhibits are ideal for our lesser known and smaller collections, such as a small family collection or a single scrapbook. Larger exhibits, which have been featured in our cases at Fresno City Hall, will also so be shared once they are no longer on display. Explore all of our digital exhibits through the links to the left and on the Fresno Historical Society Archives page on Flickr.

Historic Photograph Reproductions

Interested in purchasing a digital reproduction of an exhibit photograph? Please email for more information and review our guidelines for Historic Photograph Reproductions.


Additional Resources:

Google Arts & Culture

California Digital Archives

California State Library

UC Berkeley Library

UC Santa Cruz Library

Stanford Libraries

Women’s Museum of California

Digital Public Library of America

Cornell University Library

Hagley Museum and Library

Boston College Libraries


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