Web Resources

Online Resources

Find resources for your next lesson or unit from OMCA’s digital curriculum built around the Museum’s extensive collection. Our Online Collection features thousands of artifacts and artworks, each with images and descriptions. Picture This is an online resource that draws from our extensive photography collection, and presents California history through a visual lens.

 

PICTURE THIS: CALIFORNIA’S PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN HISTORY

An online resource for teachers and students to learn about the rich cultural diversity of California using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California’s collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from before 1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different groups and communities. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California’s role in relation to American history.

ONLINE COLLECTION

The Oakland Museum of California has an extensive collection of objects that are not on view. Much of OMCA's collection can be viewed on the Online Collection website.

DOROTHEA LANGE DIGITAL ARCHIVE
This new digital archive showcases the socially conscious work of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, including notable photographs, personal quotes, and historical context illustrating some of America’s most defining moments. Highlights include her powerful documentation of the Great Depression, from Dust Bowl migrants to tenant farmers in the Jim Crow South; life during World War II on the Homefront, including shipyard workers and the injustice of incarcerated Japanese Americans; and Post-War life in California and across the nation.