ARCHIVES: Collecting, storing, cataloging, and preserving the CFHI historical archive is a central function of the organization. Today, CFHI has one of the nation's most extensive collections of historical materials pertaining to the history of the metal casting industry in California. The CFHI archives are currently housed in a temperature-controlled storage unit, and include photographs, metal castings, patterns, documents, artifacts and ephemera related to the history of foundries in California. You can view some of the CFHI archives via our web site. If you would like to donate an archive to CFHI, please contact our office. The foundry industry is one of California's oldest industries. It deserves to be recognized and recorded for future generations.