Archival Collections A-Z

A list of archival collections created by local government agencies (primarily the County of Sonoma) and by the Library. Full guides for most collections available through the Online Archive of California (click titles). Physical items are housed in the Library's Special Collections -- the Local History and Genealogy Library, Petaluma History Room, Wine Library, and Library Archives -- and digitized items are viewable on this site as noted.

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Acorne family letters, 1915-1973 (SPC.00041)

This collection contains letters from Melville G. "Curley" Acorne to his wife Beatrice Marian (Bomani) Acorne, 1915-1919; and letters from John B. "Jack" Acorne to his parents Melville G. and Beatrice M. Acorne, 1942-1945. Collection also includes undated letters, postcards, newspaper clippings, funeral notice for Curley Acorne

Adobe Squares of Petaluma records, 1971-2012 (SPC.00006)

This collection contains the Adobe Squares square dance club of Petaluma, California, records, photos and event materials covering the entire span of the club's history

Affidavits of Anna Pohlmann and Bertha Sundell concerning the character of Dr. Melville M. Shearer, 1900 (SPC.00054)

The collection consists of three documents, two affidavits and a statement by the Santa Rosa Ministerial Union, that were found in the Sonoma County Archives among Board of Supervisors records. One affidavit (dated 4 April 1900, San Francisco) is written and signed by Anna Pohlmann, a former matron at Sonoma County Hospital. The other affidavit (dated 9 April 1900, San Jose) is written and signed by Bertha Sundell, a former nurse at Sonoma County Hospital. The statement by the Ministerial Union is addressed to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (dated and filed 8 May 1900) and signed by seven union members.

American Association of University Women, Santa Rosa branch scrapbook collection, 1935-2012 (SPC.00057)

This collection contains nine scrapbooks from the American Association of University Women, Santa Rosa branch. Scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, brochures, pamplets, and photographs.
 

American Library Association materials,1950-1959 (SPC.00019)

This collection contains materials provided by the American Library Association used by the Sonoma County Library for promoting library cards, events and other library matters.

Analy Township Justice Court and Analy Judicial District Court records, 1916-1959 (SCG.00010)

Collection contains records of cases tried at the Analy Township Justice Court between 1916 and 1951 and at its successor, the Analy Judicial District Court, between 1952 and 1959.

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Biblioteca Vinaria Sonoma (SPC.00076)

 

The Biblioteca Vinaria Sonoma draws from the Sonoma County Wine Library's collection of historic books and documents, primarily from the 16th to early 20th century. The collection covers all aspects of viticulture and winemaking, ranging from proclamations of George III on wine regulations to letters describing the grape production in Sonoma Valley vineyards, and from temperance operas to nursery catalogs.

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

Bodega Township Justice Court records, 1911-1934 (SCG.00011)

Collection contains records of cases tried at the Bodega Township Justice Court between 1911 and 1934. Includes the criminal justice docket.

Byrd Weyler Kellogg papers, 1918-1941 (SPC.00038)

This collection contains Santa Rosa, Calif. radio station KSRO transcripts; "We the women" daily column; misc. newspaper clippings; screenplays; short stories; and poems, as well as personal effects such as membership cards, wallets, and a diary.

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California County Court (Sonoma County) records, 1851-1880 (SCG.00044)

This collection contains records of cases heard in the County Court for Sonoma County, California, between 1850 and 1880. Includes record of civil and criminal cases heard in County Court, daily records of County Court operations, and records of cases on appeal.

California Department of Public Accounting records, 1917 (SCG.00012)

This collection contains includes a list of justices of the peace; deceased persons with estate balances; disbursements by department and school district

California Republic sesquicentennial, 1846-1996 envelope set,1996 (SPC.00030)

The collection contains six commemorative, stamped and canceled envelopes celebrating the California Republic sesquicentennial anniversary in 1996. Envelopes include: Bear Flag Sequicentennial Committee, with Bear Flag raising ceremony in the Sonoma Plaza illustration; Mariano Guadelupe Vallejo, with Lachryma Montis (Vallejo's Sonoma home) illustration; Sum-Yet-Ho (Solano), Chief of Suysunes tribe; Bear Flag creation at Sonoma Barracks; John C. FreĢmont and the "Bear Flag" Battalion, June 14, 1846; and raising of the 28-star flag of the United States at the Sonoma Plaza. Stanps were canceled June 14, 1996 at the Sonoma Plaza Station, Sonoma, California.

California State Board of Equalization records, 1951-1962 (SCG.00013)

Collection contains records pertaining to tax delinquency rates divided geographically (including road numbers), and assessment (rolls) of state property

California Third District Court of Appeals records, 1909-1922 (SCG.00052)

This collection contains records of cases heard in the County Court for Sonoma County, California, between 1850 and 1880. Includes record of civil and criminal cases heard in County Court, daily records of County Court operations, and records of cases on appeal.

Chenoweth Lumber Company business files, 1956-1973 (SPC.00007)

This collection contains the Chenoweth Lumber Company's account book, purchase order book, log and stumpage records

Circle 'n' Squares records, 1970-2013 (SPC.00008)

This collection contains organizational and promotional records from the Circles 'n Squares square dance club of Santa Rosa, California.

City of Santa Rosa miscellaneous records, 1902-1943 (SCG.00005)

Collection contains ordinances, liquor, dog and miscellaneous licenses from the City of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Clara Keithly Tarwater photograph collection, 1880s-1900 (SPC.00092)

Photographs taken between the 1880s and early 1900s, by Clara Keithly Tarwater, a Santa Rosa, California resident.

Cole family letters, 1865-1951 (SPC.00009)

This collection contains the letters of the Cole family, who resided in Salt Point Township. Most of the letters are addressed to Priscilla Livingston Cole (1838-1926). On one envelope was handwritten "letters of Grandma Coles." There are three letters written from Justus Hull Cole (1828-1922) to his wife, Priscilla. One letter is addressed to Jim (James) Christensen, Priscilla Cole's son-in-law. Another document is a description of the wedding of James Christensen to Mary Violet Cole, which took place on August 12, 1896 at Fisherman's Bay in the Stewarts Point area.

Colgan business collection, 1869-1935 (SPC.00051)

The collection contains account books and different types of invoices and receipts of businesses operated by three generations of Colgan family members: The Pioneer Hotel, the Colgan Bros. Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing Company, and Colgan's Super Service Station. All businesses were located on the same site at the corner of First and Main Streets in Santa Rosa.

Collection of research materials on two early Sonoma County families, the Brians and Longs, 1860-1910 (SPC.00033)

The collection contains photo albums, tintypes, autograph album formerly owned by Justena Brians Long (1869-1946).

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Dairyman's Coast Bank records, 1901-1928 (SPC.00052)

This collection contains selected records of the Dairyman's Coast Bank of Valley Ford, Calif. (earlier called the Dairyman's Bank), including cash and daily balance sheets, savings records and bills receivable

Don Meacham Photography Collection, 1930-1985 (SPC.00012)

This collection contains prints, negatives and published examples of commercial work illustrated by Santa Rosa Press Democrat and commercial photographer, Don Meacham. The majority of the collection is comprised by photographic negatives and prints produced throughout his career. The commercial works that comprises the remainder of he collection are a set of pamphlets, folders, reports, etc. containing a variety of Meacham's photographs.

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

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Felta School records, 1925-1934 (SPC.00067)

This collection contains register of students for Felta School in Dry Creek Valley, near Healdsburg, California.

Fitch Mountain School records, 1956-1977 (SPC.00068)

This collection contains student registers from Fitch Mountain School, located on the east side of Healdsburg, California.

Flamingo Hotel promotional pamphlets (SPC.00034)

Pamphlets and other promotional material for the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa, California.

Fred S. Howell papers, 1911-1934 (SPC.00011)

This collection contains records from the files of Fred S. Howell, attorney based in Petaluma, California in the early 20th century, Includes records from various legal cases argued by Fred S. Howell between 1911 and 1934; papers related to the Charles C. Ellis and E. D. Woodward bankruptcy (1917); and two miscellaneous documents from Howell's files.

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Gaye LeBaron collection of Santa Rosa (Calif.) business promotional ephemera, 1917-1954 (SPC.00056)

Collection consists of twenty-one printed ephemera relating to businesses in Santa Rosa. Contains brochures, postcards, notebooks and notepads from banks, auto dealers, stationary stores, paint stores, hardware stores and other businesses, and includes a fold-out Thanksgiving turkey promotional card from the Central Outfitting Co. at 237 Fourth Street in downtown Santa Rosa. While the dates for these items range from 1917 to 1954, the majority are from 1930. Business addresses and dates (when available) provided for each item.

Gaye LeBaron Historical Photograph Collection, 1871-1989 (SPC.00002)

A collection of historical photographs compiled by Sonoma County historian Gaye LeBaron in the course of research for her weekly columns in the Press Democrat newspaper (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and for her books

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

Geothermal Research Information and Planning Services records, 1974-1986 (SCG.00017)

This collection contains the Geothermal Research Information and Planning Services (GRIPS) records records include meeting minutes and related files of the Commission on Geothermal Issues Impacting Sonoma County. GRIPS was a California Joint Power Agency (Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa counties).

Grant School records, 1901-1960 (SPC.00069)

This collection contains student registers from Grant School, located south of Healdsburg, California, near Old Redwood Highway.

Grape School records, 1878-1946 (SPC.00070)

This collection contains student registers from Grape School, located near Healdsburg, California.

Greene family letters, 1867-1906 (SPC.00053)

Correspondence between Ransom Greene and his various family members. The first letter is from Ransom at the start of his journey to California in 1867, and the last is from George Greene to his sister, Metta Greene, two weeks before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Guerneville School Children's Book Project, 2020-2021 (SPV.00004)

Videos of children's books created by 6th-8th graders at Guerneville School and narrated by their authors.

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

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Healdsburg Elementary School records, 1899-1973 (SPC.00071)

This collection contains collection of student registers from the Healdsburg Elementary School, located in Healdsburg, California.

Helen Putnam Papers and Correspondence, 1947-1984 (SPC.00088)

Papers, correspondence and miscellaneous files created by Helen Putnam, Mayor of Petaluma from 1965-1979. Includes materials from Putnam's time during the Petaluma Board of Educationa and President of the California School Boards Association, 1947-1959.

Henry Franklin Doss documents, 1914-1950 (SPC.00021)

This collection contains miscellaneous documents created by Henry Franklin Doss (1868-1951).

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James H. Shepard register of Civil War pension applications, November 1891-November 1892 (SPC.00049)

This collection contains several items related to the work of San Francisco pension attorney James L. Shepard (born Jan. 1843 in Bergen, New Jersey; died Apr. 10, 1917, in Oakland, Calif.). The primary item is a ledger book of clients containing 559 chronological name entries from Nov. 9, 1891 to Nov. 7, 1892 of Civil War veterans that identifies them by name, service unit, residence, pension application/certificate numbers, disability and other data. The collection includes a partially-completed form filled out by Abby (aka Abbie) L. McChesney (nee Abigail Lincoln Hunt; Aug. 31 1856-Oct. 5, 1917) of San Francisco, Calif. , widow of Robert Watson McChesney (Aug. 17, 1831-Nov. 23, 1908), full 2nd Sergeant in Company B, Iowa 36th Infantry Regiment. Also included are a memo from Ray Owen, researcher, to Tony Hoskins, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, dated Agu. 5, 2014, providing a summary of information on Shepard, and several pages of background information printed from Ancestry.com and other sources.

John L. Rinn music collection, 1995-1998 (SPC.00032)

This collection contains music arranged and collected by John L. Rinn. Approximately half the collection consists of barbershop quartet arrangements Rinn created for his quartet, the Rinntones. Other materials include piano arrangements of pop and jazz pieces; arrangement source materials; and miscellaneous music. Collection includes one of two cassette tapes containing Rinn's instrumental music.

John Schubert collection of Sonoma County court documents, 1847-1979 (SPC.00016)

This collection contains a compilation of Sonoma County court-related correspondence, letterhead, rules, rosters, and business cards culled by John Schubert, a Russian River historian, while he served the county as a deputy sheriff for 39 years. The administrative records and letterhead include those of Sonoma County's Municipal Court, District Court, Superior Court, County Clerk, and judges' chambers primarily from the 1930s through the 1970s.

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Kanaye Nagasawa photographs of Yosemite Valley,1904 (SPC.00083)

This collection contains an album with approximately 100 photographs taken by Kanaye Nagasawa in July 1904 during a visit to Yosemite Valley.

Ken Darby Bohemian Club music manuscript collection,1950-1983 (SPC.00037)

This collection contains sheet music for programs at the Bohemian Club's Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California. Most music composed or arranged by Ken Darby. Collection is a mix of original manuscripts and photocopied scores with annotations. The majority of scores are labeled by Darby as part of the annual Preachers' Sons Night program held at Bohemian Grove during the annual summer encampment between 1963 and 1983. Most are single scores, but there is a complete packet for the 1983 program with cover letter from Darby to Bob Minser at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco, dated 15 April, 1983. Lyrics for a number of pieces written by Wallace (Wally) Sterling, retired president of Stanford University; others includes notes to or are dedicated to Sterling. Also includes copy of the score for Madera (music, D. Swan; text, M. Flanders) inscribed and signed by Lou Gottlieb, founder of the Morningstar Ranch commune in Occidental, Calif., and a copy of Darby's theme music for the 1953 short cartoon, The Martins & the Coys.

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Ladies Aid Society records, 1903-1987 (SPC.00055)

This collection comprises the administrative records and correspondence of the Ladies Aid Society, a social and philanthropic women’s organization founded in 1903 in the Todd district of Santa Rosa. The society purchased property on Stony Point Rd. in 1929, which was used by the community until it was sold in 1968. Interest from the mortgage payments were used to provide annual “camperships” to youth from the Bellvue District to Mt. Gilead Bible Camp in Sebastopol. The society met as a small group socially until it disbanded in 1973. It continued funding the camperships through 1987. The collection primarily includes meeting minutes, membership and attendance records, the constitution and bylaws, and treasury records.

Lambert School records, 1907 (SPC.00072)

This collection contains school registers of the Lambert School, located in Dry Creek Valley northwest of Healdsburg, California.

Lippitt & Lippitt papers, 1904-1934 (SPC.00048)

This collection contains court documents filed by and for Petaluma attorney Frank K. Lippett. Includes civil cases related to estates and other matters represented by Lippitt betwen 1904 and 1934. Includes typescript copies of wills and subsequent announcements, attorney notes, court orders and file copies of court transcripts. Records relating to the estate of Martin O'Reilly, dated June 1913-January 1917, were executed by Petaluma attorney Newton A. Johnson; Frank K. Lippitt served as executor.

Lothers & Young Studios Collection, about 1920-1930 (SPC.00014)

Hayden D. Lothers (1894-1938) and Ralph W. Young (1892-1938) formed a partnership in 1920 he formed a partnership and opened a studio at 165 Post Street, San Francisco (later located at 419 Sutter, San Francisco). Lothers & Young Studios became successful commercial photographers in the San Francisco Bay Area throughout the 1920’s. The Lothers & Young Studios Collection contains a selection of photographs from Sonoma and Mendocino counties, as well as a number of photographs of San Francisco.

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

LumaCon comic convention for youth collection, 2014- (SPC.00064)

This collection contains materials associated with the annual LumaCon comic convention for youth, held in Petaluma, Calif. Includes T-shirts with logo; art; posters; fandom wall posters; newspaper clippings; and notes. Additional items are added each year.

Lyndi Brown collection of Petaluma promotional materials, 1979-2017 (SPC.00058)

This collection contains newspaper clippings, photographs, brochures, and other marketing materials about the City of Petaluma. Includes video and other material on the 1979 Analy High School video class production on the Petaluma-Santa Rosa Railroad, Our train down Main

Lytton Springs School records, 1911-1951 (SPC.00073)

This collection contains registers listing students at the Lytton Springs School, located north of Healdsburg, California.

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Manzanita School records, 1872-1954 (SPC.00074)

This collection contains collection of school registers for the Manzanita School, located near Healdsburg, California.

Margery Jones Wolf research collection on Sonoma County families, 1872-2010 (SPC.00059)

This collection contains genealogical charts of Sonoma County families, research notebooks and World War II ration books. It also includes the original 1872 diary of Alice Hamilton and transcriptions by Margery Jones Wolf

Material from Geets Vincent's SRJC Autobiographical Writing class, 1983-2007 (SPC.00087)

Bound and loose manuscripts of autobiographical writing from a long-time Santa Rosa Junior College class led by instructor Geets Vincent. While some pieces were written in the 1980s, the majority were written between 2001 and 2005.

McMillan Silver Mining Company records, 1877-1927 (SPC.00075)

This collection contains certificate holders and meeting minutes of the McMillan Silver Mining Company (principal office located in Savings Bank of Santa Rosa at 4th St. and Exchange Ave. Mine located in Gila County, Arizona)

 

Miscellaneous Santa Rosa commercial advertising documents,1888-1920 (SPC.00023)

This collection contains advertising ephemera from various Santa Rosa, California business, created between 1888 through the early 1920s. Includes calendars, display cards and other items

Mrs. Clara Baldocchi Sonoma County Fair awards, 1940-1963 (SPC.00024)

This collection contains awards presented by Mrs. Clara Baldocchi at the Sonoma County Fair between 1940 and 1963.

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Native Daughters of the Golden West, Santa Rosa Parlor, No. 217, scrapbooks, 1965-1970 (SPC.00064)

This collection contains five decorative scrapbooks from 1965 through 1970 created by members of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Parlor 217 (Santa Rosa, California). Scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, organizational activities, parlors specific publicity, historical articles about Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and California in general.

Nellie J. Doyle collection of postcards and greeting cards sent or received,1904-1938 (SPC.00022)

This collection contains postcards sent or received by Nellie J. Doyle, Santa Rosa, California, between 1904 and 1938. The collection includes 34 picture or photo postcards and 47 greeting-style postcards.

Newspaper clippings of Petaluma fires, 1933-1934 (SPC.00036)

Collection consists of a scrapbook of clippings from Petaluma, California newspapers (primarily the Petaluma Argus-courier (Petaluma, Calif. : 1928), on the subject of fires in and around the city between 1933 and 1934.

North Bay Health Systems Agency records, 1976-1986 (SCG.00074)

This collection contains records produced by the North Bay Health Systems Agency, a multi-member health care planning agency for Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

North Bay Health Systems Agency records, 1976-1986 (SCG.00074)

This collection contains posters, fliers and other materials for North Bay Organizing Project events that took place 2014-2015, including the program for the Project's fourth annual conference, Fanning the Flame : the Intersection of Love and Justice, held in Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 4, 2014.

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Occupy Sebastopol collection, 2011-2013 (SPC.00018)

This collection contains 42 items related to the Occupy movement, focusing on activities and discussion in and around Sebastopol, California. Most items are clippings and photocopies of articles and letters to the editor that appeared in Sonoma West Times & News, with a small number taken from the Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), the Sonoma County Gazette and other publications. The collection also includes packets from Sebastopol City Council meetings that included resolutions or other business related to Occupy Sebstopol.

Ocean Township Justice Court records, 1916-1931 (SCG.00018)

Collection contains records of cases tried at the Ocean Township Justice Court between 1916 and 1934. Includes Justice docket (civil cases) for the Ocean Township Justice Court in Sonoma County, California between 1916 and 1934

Ollie Bockee Petrified Forest of Sonoma County scrapbook, 1932-1960 (SPC.00028)

Scrapbook compiled by Ollie Bockee, owner of the Petrified Forest located near Calistoga, containing photographs and newspaper clippings about the site.

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Pedersen's Furniture Company records, 1903-2017 (SPC.00085)

This collection contains the business records of Pedersen's Furniture Company, which was known as Santa Rosa's oldest family-owned store until its closure in 2019. The collection includes family photographs, advertisements, ledgers and ephemera documenting the history of the company. It was founded in 1892 by Jens Christian Pedersen, a Danish immigrant and cabinet maker. The collection also includes photos of the 1906 earthquake and several issues of the Santa Rosa High School Newsletter.

Petaluma Cine Club records, 1942-1971 (SPC.00013)

This collection contains official records of the Petaluma Cinema Club (also known as the Petaluma Cine Club) of Petaluma, California from establishment in 1942 to dissolution in 1971.

Petaluma Cooperative Creamery records, 1914-1974 (SPC.00026)

Official records of the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery from 1914 through 1974.

Petaluma Justice Court and Petaluma Judicial District Court records, 1895-1968 (SCG.00019)

This collection contains records that provide details on the operations of the Petaluma Justice Court, including lists of jurors, offences etc. Collection includes the justice docket (i.e., criminal justice docket) for the Petaluma Justice Court in Sonoma County, California between 1895 and 1918 (titles of volumes in the justice docket vary); the criminal justice docket for the Petaluma Justice Court and its successor, the Petaluma Judicial District Court, in Sonoma County, California between 1918 and 1955 (the titles of volumes in the Criminal Justice Docket also vary); the civil docket for the Petaluma Justice Court and its successor, the Petaluma Judicial District Court, in Sonoma County, California, between 1898 and 1968.; and the register of arrests for the Petaluma Justice Court, in Sonoma County, California, between 1911 and 1927.

Petaluma Police Court records, 1912-1952 (SCG.00020)

This collection contains records pertaining to the operations of the Petaluma Police Court, including lists of jurors.

Petaluma Recorder's Court records, 1893-1918 (SCG.00021)

This collection contains ledgers listing misdemeanor cases handled through the Recorder's Court, by the Petaluma City Recorder. Recorder's court docket records spanning the early twentieth century. These are primarily handwritten volumes, although some were typewritten.

Petaluma school clippings, 1970-1990 (SPC.00027)

This collection contains newspaper clippings concerning Petaluma (Calif.) schools, primarily from the Argus-Courier newspaper.

Petaluma Small Claims Court records, 1923-1967 (SCG.00022)

This collection contains a large number of volumes that derive from the operations of the Petaluma Small Claims Court in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California.

Petaluma Treasurer's Office records, 1867-1948 (SCG.00004)

This collection contains tax assessment rolls for the City of Petaluma, Calif.

Pine Ridge School records, 1923-1934 (SPC.00077 )

This collection contains school registers from Pine Ridge School, near Healdsburg, California.

Public domain sheet music collection, 1895-1923 (SPC.00020)

Collection contains 350 examples of popular sheet music published prior to 1924. All but a few items are piano-vocal scores, a small number are piano only.

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Redwood Township Justice Court and Redwood Judicial District Court records, 1937-1964 (SCG.00023)

Collection contains Redwood Township Justice Court records, including matters relating to Fish and Game. Records are variously titled as "Criminal Docket" or "Criminal Justice Docket." Includes the criminal justice docket for the Redwood Township Justice Court and its successor, the Redwood Judicial District Court, in Sonoma County, California between 1937 and 1964 and Small Claims Court docket for the Redwood Judicial District Court, in Sonoma County, California, between 1960 and 1963.

Robert Feuer collection of music writings, 2005-2018 (SPC.00045)

The Robert Feuer Collection of Music Writings, 2005-2018 (SPC.00045) consists of clippings of Robert Feuer's monthly music columns and other writings primarily reviewing concerts and album releases. Feuer is a Sonoma County-based music journalist whose writings have been published in a variety of Sonoma County newspapers, including the Russian River Monthly; the Russian River Times; the North Bay Bohemian; the Argus Courier (Petaluma, Calif.); Oak Leaf (Santa Rosa Junior College); and the Sonoma County Gazette. Most items include photographs of musicians, bands, and others connected with Sonoma County's music scene.

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

 

Collection guide also available through the Online Archive of California

Rosalie C. Rohr collection of invitation cards, 1892-1900 (SPC.00042)

This collection contains wedding and commencement invitations, and a raffle ticket collected by Rosalie C. Rohr.

Rose Cufer and Frank Cufer miscellaneous documents, 1923-1935 (SPC.00039)

This collection contains miscellaneous documents created by or associated with Frank Cufer (1908-1957) and Rose Cufer (1904-1977).

Ross & Ormsby photograph collection, 1869-1870 (SPC.00014)

This collection contains examples of work produced by the Ross & Ormsby photography studio, Petaluma, Calif. between 1869 and 1870.

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Santa Rosa Art Guild records, 1964-2014 (SPC.00043)

This collection contains administrative records of the Santa Rosa Art Guild including newsletters, by-laws and constitution, meeting minutes, financial records, membership rosters, and ephemera publicizing the statewide annual art show and rotating exhibits sponsored by the organization.

Santa Rosa Board of Social Service records, 1932-1937 (SCG.00025)

This collection contains records from the Santa Rosa Board of Social Service of individuals receiving payments .

Santa Rosa City Court records, 1937-1953 (SCG.00026)

This collection contains dockets of misdemeanor charges brought before the Santa Rosa City Court. Some of the records of the City Court are listed with the former name of Recorder's Court.

Santa Rosa Club records, 1889 (SPC.00078)

This collection contains record of the constitution of the Club in Santa Rosa, California, and by-laws. Volume contains information on the operating policies and procedures of the Club.

Santa Rosa Community Concert Association records, 1995-2010 (SPC.00015)

This collection contains 24 binders and 1 bag that include programs, photographs, advertisements, administrative records of the Santa Rosa Community Concert Association of Santa Rosa, California.

Santa Rosa Justice Court and Santa Rosa Judicial District Court records, 1906-1955 (SCG.00027)

This collection contains records that provide details on the operations of the Santa Rosa Justice Court and its successor, the Santa Rosa Judicial District Court. Includes the justice docket (i.e., criminal justice docket) for the court between 1906-1955 (titles of volumes in the justice docket vary).

Santa Rosa Municipal Court records, 1955-1961 (SCG.00028)

This collection contains records of the Santa Rosa Municipal Court, under the jurisdiction of the Santa Rosa Judicial District, Sonoma County Central Judicial District and finally, Sonoma County Judicial District. Records include criminal and civil dockets.

Santa Rosa Police Department records, 1890-1928 (SCG.00024)

This collection contains the Santa Rosa Police Department records contain information on stolen property; names and locations of police officers; names of individuals arrested including date, charge and judgment.

Santa Rosa Recorder's Court records, 1896-1953 (SCG.00029)

This collection contains records of cases brought before the Recorder's Court of the City of Santa Rosa, California

Santa Rosa Seminary at First Presbyterian Church commencement and closing exercises, 1880 and 1885 (SPC.00029)

This collection contains two items related to graduation exercises at the Santa Rosa Seminary at the First Presbyterian Church: closing exercises announcement dated Friday, May 28, 1880; and: commencement exercises announcement, dated May 28, 1885. Both include schedules of speakers and events.

Santa Rosa Superintendent of Streets records, 1922-1939 (SCG.00030)

This collection contains records concerning assessments for roads in the City of Santa Rosa, California.

Santa Rosa Tax Collector records, 1896-1912 (SCG.00031)

This collection contains records compiled by the City of Santa Rosa Tax Collector regarding auctions and sales of land deeded to the state for non-payment of property taxes.

Santa Rosa Water Works records, 1878-1931 (SCG.00032)

This collection contains records of the municipal water department of the City of Santa Rosa, California. Includes journals and minutes, customer certificates, directories, annual reports, by-laws and directories.

Sebastopol Skategarden Park proposed expansion source materials, 2009-2016 (SPC.00010)

This collection contains 32 items related to the expansion of the Sebastopol (Calif.) Skategarden Park. The collection consists of relevant packets from Sebastopol City Council meetings (2009-2016), as well as articles on the expansion published in the Press Democrat on May 5, 2010 and in the Sonoma West Times & News, 2014-2016.

Sonoma County Agricultural Commission records, 1978-1998 (SCG.00034)

This collection contains the Agricultural Commission contains handmarked maps showing the location of various commodities; annual certified producer's certificates for both in-county and out-of-county growers, and documentation showing annual registration of organic producers, handlers, processors located in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Animal Regulation Division records, 1962-1964 (SCG.00035)

This collection contains records of dog licenses and miscelleous animal control issues compiled by the Sonoma County Animal Regulation Division.

Sonoma County armed services files,1932-1950 (SPC.00005)

This collection contains photo clippings and biographical information on individuals and locations taken from the Petaluma Argus Courier and the Press Democrat's "On the Home Front" column in Section A.

Sonoma County Assessor's Office records, 1873-1998 (SCG.00033)

This collection contains records created by the Sonoma County (Calif.) Assessor's Office. Records include documents pertaining to road and property taxes; land assessments, including geothermal issues. records include: Assessment book of the property of Petaluma road district for the year 1874-75. Record of delinquent taxpayers and sales of property for delinquent taxes for 1874-75. Records necessary to value geothermal rights. Includes geological, historical, and valuation information, appraisal and appeal documents, correspondence, etc. File of current and historical data for rural, residential and commercial properties.

Sonoma County Auditor-Controller records, 1994-1996 (SCG.00043)

This collection contains audits of various County departments and divisions.

Sonoma County Board of Equalization records, 1872-1958 (SCG.00037)

This collection contains applications for reduction of tax assessments and decisions of Board. Before 1872, minutes are found in General Minutes of the Board of Supervisors.

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors records, 1845-1995 (SCG.00038)

This collection contains records created by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, including records of special districts in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Civil Service Commission records, 1971-1994 (SCG.00039)

This collection contains records of the Sonoma County Civil Service Commission. Includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, rule books and other related materials.

Sonoma County Clerk records,1850-1988 (SCG.00040)

This collection contains records created by the Sonoma County Office of the Clerk.

Sonoma County Community Development Commission records, 1954-1988 (SCG.00041)

Collection contains records of the Community Development Commission. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is dedicated to promoting decent and affordable housing, revitalizing communities, and supporting public services that increase economic stability for County residents.

Sonoma County Coroner records, 1915-1927 (SCG.00042)

This collection consists of a single volume, Index to inquisition papers 1915-1927, recorded by the Sonoma County Coronor.

Sonoma County Court of Sessions records, 1857-1863 (SCG.00047)

This collection contains registers and minutes of criminal cases brought before the Court of Sessions.

Sonoma County Department of Planning records, 1966 (SCG.00048)

This collection contains a single volume, a site study for the Cotati Elementary School District in Cotati, Calif.

Sonoma County Department of Public Works records, 1920-1959 (SCG.00049)

This collection contains historical project files, bridge files and correspondence of the Director of Public Works from 1959-1970, Donald B. Head.

Sonoma County District Attorney Criminal Division records, 1914-1977 (SCG.00050)

This collection contains selected court transcripts from case prosecuted by the Sonoma County District Attorney's Criminal Division.

Sonoma County District Court records, 1850-1946 (SCG.00051)

This collection contains records reflect various aspects of the operations of the District Court. These include: registers of actions in civil and criminal cases heard in the District Court, and fees paid; liens for state and county taxes; lists of defendents and plaintiffs; minutes of each court session, court actions, and rules of the court.

Sonoma County Economic Development Board records, 1989-1991 (SCG.00053)

This collection contains agendas of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Sonoma County Flood Control and Water Conservation District records, 1899 (SCG.00054)

This collection contains records of flood control projects in Sonoma County undertaken by the Sonoma County Flood Control and Water Conservation District in Forestville; Graton; Hyland Acres; Healdsburg; Petaluma; Santa Rosa; Occidental; Russian River; South Park; Spring Creek and Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma County General Services records, 1907-2014 (SCG.00055)

This collection contains records of projects performed by General Services at County facilities. Includes construction, maintenance and services operations jobs records, remodeling jobs. Includes construction, maintenance and remodeling requests, department and project information

Sonoma County Grand Jury records, 1896-2009 (SCG.00014)

This collection contains historical records and reports of the Sonoma County Grand Jury. Grand Jury Report records include minutes of the Grand Jury from July 6, 1934 to Jan. 26, 1948. Historical records of the Final Report series may be stored offsite, or in some cases at Closed Stacks in the Downtown Santa Rosa library. More recent issues of the Grand Jury Final Report (1994-) are available in some branch libraries

Sonoma County Horticultural Commissioner records, 1889-1928 (SCG.00056)

This collection contains reports of the Sonoma County Horticultural Commissioner to the State of California on agricultural in the County

Sonoma County Hospital records, 1900-1980 (SPC.00080)

This collection contains monthly and cost reports for the Sonoma County Hospital of Santa Rosa, California. The monthly reports cover a twenty nine year period beginning with 1900. There is a substantial time gap between the last available monthly reports and the earliest available Cost reports.

Sonoma County In The ... Television Series, 1979-2003 (SCG.00009)

 

The Sonoma County in the ... Television Series presents a selection from a long run of television programs entitled "Sonoma County in the [70s, etc.]" produced between the late 1970s and late 1990s for Sonoma County public access cable television under direction of the Sonoma County Public Information Office, now known as the County Administrator's Office.

 

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All items in this collection have been digitized

 

 

Sonoma County Jury Commissioner records, 1871-1936 (SCG.00057)

This collection contains lists of trial jurors summoned for criminal court cases.

Sonoma County Justice Court records, 1904-1976 (SCG.00058)

This collection contains crminal and civil justice dockets of the Sonoma County Justice Court, including records of other justice courts under the County Court's jurisdiction

Sonoma County Juvenile Court records, 1909-1980 (SCG.00060)

This collection contains records of the Sonoma County Juvenile Court, including minutes of the Probation Committee.

Sonoma County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission records, 1979-1985 (SCG.00061)

This collection contains the annual report of the activities of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission to the Board of Supervisors.

Sonoma County Library digitized media backup collection,2018-<2019> (SPC.00017)

This collection contains backup VHS and DVDs transfered from the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library after digitization. A significant number of items in this collection were produced by the Community Media Center (C-Media) of Santa Rosa prior to the Center's closure in 2016

Sonoma County Library documents,1869- (SPC.00001)

This collection contains official and unofficial documents and other items from the Sonoma County Library and its predecessor municipal libraries, including files and documents relating to the construction of the Central Library, records from branch libraries prior to being incorporated into the Sonoma County Library system. The collection also includes Includes Staff history of the Sonoma County Library: clippings, fliers, notes, etc. compiled by Sebastopol Librarian Ann Stroberger prior to her retirement in 2014 (4 boxes (20 binders); Scrapbooks of the Petaluma Regional Library, 1939-1993: Scrapbooks of the Petaluma Public Library, 1939-1993, consists of two binders and eight scrapbook albums documenting over five decades of the library's history. The binders contain clippings (bulk from Petaluma Argus-Courier), Jan. 3, 1939-May 28, 1943; the albums are comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from the Petaluma Argus-Courier, photographs and ephemeral items.The scrapbooks are comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from the Petaluma Argus-Courier, photographs and ephemeral items; materials related to the dedication of the new library on July 10, 1976 (June 22, 1976 letter from U.S. Representative Don Clausen, invitation responses, guest list and photographs from the dedication) (10 items in 4 boxes); Sebastopol Library Arts Committee's records of exhibitions include: fliers and other publicity items, adminstrative records, photographs from exhibits held in the Sebastopol Regional Library's forum room, 1981-2009.

Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission records, 1965-1979 (SCG.00062)

This collection contains records of annexation proposals submitted to the Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission between 1965 and 1979.

Sonoma County Municipal Court records, 1952-1980 (SCG.00063)

This collection contains records of the Sonoma County Municipal Court, under the jurisdiction of the Santa Rosa Judicial District, Sonoma County Central Judicial District and finally, Sonoma County Judicial District. Records include criminal and civil dockets, court trial minutes, etc.

Sonoma County Office of Commissions records, 1979 (SCG.00064)

This collection contains this collection includes historical material on the foundation of homeless shelters in Sonoma County, resolutions for activities of the Commission as well as minutes, progress evaluations and correspondance.

Sonoma County Office of County Administrator records, 1966-1992 (SCG.00065)

This collection contains applications for use of advertising funds, and records on the allocation of AB90 funds. The advertising fund files include records pertaining to applications from historical and civic organizations for use of advertising funds. The AB90 series contains records of annual allocation of AB90 funds to criminal justice programs.

Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services records, 1981-2004 (SCG.00066)

This collection contains records of the Office of Emergency Services, covering the Emergency Management Division, Hazardous Waste Division, Emergency Planning Division and Fire Services. Includes files relating to natural disasters occuring in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department records, 1967-2000 (SCG.00067)

This collection contains records relating to land use in Sonoma County, including extensive maps, aerial photographs, environmental impact data and files relating to the Outer Continental Shelf Program.

Sonoma County Personnel Office records, 1979-1986 (SCG.00068)

This collection contains records related to collective bargaining and bargaining units for employees of the County of Sonoma.

Sonoma County Planning Agency records, 1956-1979 (SCG.00069)

This collection contains Planning Agency official records. Includes records of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Sonoma County Probate Court records, 1854-1952 (SCG.00070)

This collection contains records of the Probate Court concerning wills and other matters of probate. Records include index to surety bonds, bond on sale of real estate, bond of guardian upon qualifying, bond of administrator and executor.

Sonoma County Public Administrator records, 1927-1962 (SCG.00072)

This collection contains records of the Sonoma County Public Administrator.

Sonoma County Radio Amateurs collection, 1976-2010 (SPC.00031)

This collection contains Sonoma County Radio Amateurs newsletter for its members, as well as other materials related to the organization.

Sonoma County Reads collection,2002- 2011 (SPC.00040)

This collection contains materials used for promoting the Sonoma County Library's Sonoma County Reads program from 2002-2011, undertaken with the financial support of the California State Library.

Sonoma County Recorder records, 1846-1912 (SCG.00071)

This collection contains materials recorded by the County Recorder related to marriage licenses in Sonoma County, California.

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters records, 1924-1939 (SCG.00007)

This collection contains records of absentee voters compiled by the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office records, 1879-1991 (SCG.00001)

This collection contains records of absentee voters compiled by the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.

Sonoma County Small Claims Court records, 1921-1976 (SCG.00002)

This collection contains registers of fees, grant program records and registration of deputies' accounts for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education records, 1858-1937 (SCG.00036)

This collection contains official records and reports of the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools and the Sonoma County Board of Education, including records of the Board of Examination, and the Trustees of Common Schools. Includes record primarily concerning matters such as teacher registrations, certification, training, student examination results and diplomas, etc. Also includes meeting minutes.

Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools records, 1859-1967 (SCG.00003)

This collection contains records and related materials from the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools includes financial documentation pertaining to the operations of the schools within the district, as well as data relating to the geographic division of school boundaries etc. The "Scrapbooks" include newspaper clippings concerning Sonoma County schools for the periods covered.

Sonoma County Superior Court records, 1847-1983 (SCG.00015)

This collection contains records of judgments in Superior Court in criminal and civil cases. Includes indexes to cases tried under the Sonoma Alcade's Court (1847-1849), as well as later Superior Court cases.

Sonoma County Teachers' Institute records, 1873-1926 (SPC.00081)

This collection contains meeting minutes of the Sonoma County Teachers' Institute typically held during the summer each year.

Sonoma County Teachers' Reading Circle records, 1886-1887 (SPC.00082)

This collection contains collection of meeting minutes for the Sonoma County Teachers Reading Circle.
 

Sonoma County Treasurer-Tax Collector records, 1902-19431961-1995 (SCG.00073)

This collection contains records produced by the activities and operations of the Sonoma County Treasurer-Tax Collector such as records regarding Trust Fund expenditures and revenues, property tax, and auctions of lands sales owing to non-payment of property taxes

Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants and Winemakers Collection, about 1865-2005 (SPC.00086)

 

The Sonoma County Wine Library's online local history collection includes images of historical interest of the Sonoma County wine industry from the 1870s through the 1990s. These images portray the winemakers and companies of Sonoma County, past and present. They document the immigrants and Utopians who founded the early wineries, wine families, the vineyards and wine production, promotional postcards, and the many varieties of wine created in Sonoma County.

 

Items Available in the Digital Collections

All items in this collection have been digitized

 

Sonoma County Water Agency records, 1959-2012 (SCG.00016)

Collection contains records of the Sonoma County Water Agency relating to water use and management of the Agency's properties throughout Sonoma County. Includes formal documents placing a valuation on property owned by the Agency and various reports on the amount of water pumped by the agency and stored or delivered to customers. Includes the Russian River and Sonoma Valley sanitation districts, both managed by the Water Agency.

Sonoma Valley postcard collection, 1900-1960 (SPC.00066)

This collection contains postcards from the first half of the 20th century, including buildings, monuments, and streets views of the Sonoma Valley. Most postcards are in color. Featured are the Mission San Francisco Solano, General Vallejo's residence, and images of city hall, churches, and prominent homes.

Sonoma Valley Union High School commencement announcements, 1915 and 1918 (SPC.00025)

The collection contains commencement exercise announcements for the 1915 and 1918 Sonoma Valley Union High School graduating classes. The 1918 announcement includes a card for E. Lester Hawkins and an envelope addressed to Miss Esther Hawkins of Oakland, Calif.

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Vallejo Township Justice Court records, 1924-1934 (SCG.00059)

Collection contains records of cases tried at the Vallejo Township Justice Court between 1924 and 1934.

Vallejo Township Small Claims Court records, 1924-1934 (SCG.00045)

This collection contains docket for the Small claims court of Vallejo spanning a ten year period around the time of the Great Depression

Verified written reports in compliance with Section 5 of the Alien Land Law of 1920,1921-1949 (SCG.00075)

The collection consists of verified written reports from 65 depositions regarding Japanese-owned properties focused in Sonoma County, California. These reports compiled in compliance of Section 5 of the Alien Land Law of 1920 were filed between 1921 and 1949. They include names of trustee (s), names of minor (s), legal description of real property, and, for most cases, income and expenditures.

Vine Hill interviews the Oehlman family, 2010 (SPC.00035)

This collection contains transcripts of interviews with Carl (Karl) Oehlman (Sept. 26 1932-Mar. 14, 2015), Elaine Buchanan Oehlman (July 27, 1932-), and Oehlman family members.

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William Booth School records, 1924-1958 (SPC.00079)

This collection contains school registers from the William Booth School, an elementary school located at the Lytton Springs Orphanage, north of Healdsburg, California. The records date from the second school, following the loss of the original school in 1923.

William F. Heintz papers, 1960-2000 (SPC.00060)

The collection contains personal papers and research materials accumulated by author and wine historian William F. Heintz. Includes business records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, personal records, transcripts of audio recordings, photographic material, video recordings, winery history manuscripts, notes and memorabilia.The materials focus on the history of wine and wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties California, particularly in the areas of Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley.