The permanent collections found in the California African American Museum are made up of more than 4000 items that range from the 1800 up to the present times. It includes paintings, sculpture, film, photographs, artifacts and historical documents. The collections in this museum range from landscape paintings obtained from the nineteenth-century to contemporary artworks as well as modern reflections of mixed media on political and cultural events. The initial acquisition of the museum includes a bronze bust of social rights that was collected by Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune and had been done by Richmond Barthe as well as a sculpture done by Maren Hassinger, then during the commencement of her vocation. These provided the exact foundation for CAAM’s authorization to bring together a thoughtful, all-inclusive and wide-reaching compilation. Among the deepest holdings of CAAM consist of art that is created or linked to African Americans found in the western United States and California.