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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

The California Digital Library is committed to protecting your privacy to the greatest extent possible, subject to provisions of state and federal law. While our systems gather a variety of user information in the normal course of providing services, this information is kept for limited purposes only.

For a detailed description of what information we collect from visitors to this website and how it is used and managed, please see the CDL Privacy Policy and Baseline Supporting Practices listed at http://www.cdlib.org/about/policies.html


The following additional practices, specific to the administration of the Online Archive of California, may also affect the amount of privacy you are afforded on this website.

Google Analytics Opt-Out

As noted in the CDL privacy policy, this website uses Google Analytics to capture and analyze usage statistics. You may choose to opt-out of having your website activity tracked by Google Analytics. To do so, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page and install the add-on for your browser.

Sharing Information with Content Contributors

The content on this website is contributed by cultural heritage institutions across California. We provide our contributors aggregate reports of usage statistics on the content they have submitted, currently derived from web server logs. Additionally, some contributors use Google Analytics to track usage of their content on this website and may take advantage of data sharing options offered by that service.

Questions about items and collections should be directed to their contributing institutions. See the “Get items” area in the collection guide or visit the institution's page for more information. Messages about items or collections submitted through the site Contact Us page may be forwarded to the contributing institution. Your contact information will be included so staff at the contributing institution may follow up with you directly if needed.

Third Party APIs

Certain features on this website utilize third party services and APIs such as the Google Maps API or third party hosting of common javascript libraries or web fonts. Information used by an external service is governed by the privacy policy of that service. CDL does not control how information may be used by these services.

User Surveys

This website will sometimes conduct user surveys. When doing so, it may set a flash local storage "cookie" so users are only surveyed once per computer. Survey results are collected as Google Analytics events.


This statement was last revised on December 1, 2011 and may be revised at any time.

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Why do we collect user information? We collect a limited amount of user information in order to provide the best possible performance and services on the OAC. Statistics help us understand things like how visitors are arriving at and using the OAC, which in turn inform our decisions to change or add new material to the website.

Why do we have a privacy statement? We believe it is important to be transparent about the kinds of information we collect from you when you visit this website and to describe your options, when available.

Questions? If you have any questions about this privacy statement, feel free to contact us.