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Originally launched by the California Historical Society and published by them for nearly one hundred years, California History is the premier journal of historical writing on California. Beginning in 2014, this tradition continued under the auspices of University of California Press (UCP).

In January 2020, UCP selected historian, author, teacher, and independent scholar Mary Ann Irwin, [email protected], to edit the journal.

Showcasing exceptional scholarship, engaging writing, and innovative research, California History is essential reading for students and scholars of the history of California, the West, and the Pacific World; teachers of California history; and all Californians who are curious to understand the imprint of the state’s rich past upon the West, the United States, and the world beyond.

The California History Statement on Publication Ethics is available here.


Article Awards

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Antonia I. Castañeda Prize, 2024
Speaking for Themselves: Rancheras and Respectability in Mexican California, 1800-1850
Yvette J. Saavedra
California History (2023) 100 (1): 3–26

Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) Judith Lee Ridge Prize, 2020
California and the 1918–1920 Influenza Pandemic
Diane M. T. North
California History (2020) 97 (3): 3–36


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