The collection depicts life and history in Sonoma County from the 1860s to the present through images of logging, agriculture, architecture, parades, families and more.
Note: Images concerned with wine and winemaking, the Sonoma County Fair and aerial views of the County may also be found in other collections, as will photographs originally owned by other institutions such as the Sonoma County Historical Society. Browsing or searching all collections will allow you to find images within the entire Sonoma County Local History & Culture Collections.
Train trestle on the Petaluma River, Petaluma, California, 1997
The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Collection of photographs, postcards and greeting cards draws from the archives of a unique urban garden located at the corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues in Santa Rosa, California. The home and gardens are a registered National, State & City Historic Landmark
Burbank and Young Lady in Santa Rosa
Photographs, postcards and greeting cards from the Western Sonoma County Historical Society's West County Museum. The collection focuses on the history of Sonoma County west of the Santa Rosa Valley and the 101 corridor, with a particular emphasis on the Sebastopol and Graton areas. The heart of the collection comes from Sebastopol historian William S. Borba's own collection.
Kathi Skinner, the Apple Blossom Queen of 1966
1905 Queen Anne cottage, Sebastopol, California, 1975
Individual photographs and examples of commercial publications featuring photos by Don Meacham (1916-2010), photojournalist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and freelance photographer.
Forsyth Tires, Santa Rosa, California, 1966
'Grapes of Wrath' fundraiser, 1962
The images in this collection have been drawn from the archives of the Sonoma County Historical Society, which were reproduced by the Sonoma County Library and form a significant component of the Library's image collection. The SCHS Collection chronicles many aspects of Sonoma County life, including many images of people, places and events in western Sonoma County area from the late 1800s through the 1950s, collected by Occidental historian, Harry Lapham.
Freight train at Valley Ford
Southern Pacific train transfer ferry "Contra Costa," about 1925
Both commercial and real-photo postcards, most from the 1890s through the 1930s. While the majority of postcards depict Sonoma County scenes and businesses, the collection also includes a significant number of postcards depicting the destruction in San Francisco wrought by the 1906 earthquake.
Vallejo's Petaluma Adobe in Petaluma, California, about 1955
Clifford & McConnell Electric Hotel, Forestville
In addition to our large, image-rich collections, we have a number of smaller Local History & Culture and also archival collections that include many historical photographs.
Sonoma County Fair Collection
The items in this collection are drawn from the Fair archives and the collections of the Sonoma County Library. The images, videos and other materials chronicle the Sonoma County Fair from the earliest days through the present.
Our local community helped create this collection by sharing the digital versions of their historical photographs, postcards, documents and more. The majority of items were scanned on our first Public Scan Day, co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Santa Rosa, took place on Nov. 5, 2016 at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library with the theme, "Preserving Santa Rosa Memories."
Gaye LeBaron Historical Photograph Collection
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.
North Bay Dairy Collection
Explore the rich history of dairying in Sonoma County through the Dairy Collection. Many of the images and other materials come from area dairying families.
Russian River Historical Society Collection
The Russian River Historical Society Collection includes historical images showing life in the lower Ruistorical images showing life in the lower Russian River area from Hilton to Jenner
Sonoma County Aerial Photography Collection
The Sonoma County Library Aerial Photography Collection includes photographs taken from the air and from the tops of tall buildings. The collection records the changes in the Sonoma County Landscape over the second half of the 20th century.
Sonoma County Bar Association Collection
The images in this collection are taken from the archives of the Sonoma County Bar Association. Photographs of SCBA members and events chronicle the history of the legal profession in Sonoma County.
Sonoma County Poultry Collection
At one time, Petaluma was known as the "Egg Capital of the World," sparking such nicknames as "Chickaluma." Petaluma hosted the only known poultry drugstore and is the place where the egg incubator was invented by Lyman Byce in 1879. The Sonoma County Poultry Collection documents this history through images, newspaper clippings and more.
Sonoma County Visionaries, Immigrants And Wine Makers Collection
Images of historical interest of the Sonoma County wine industry from the 1870s through the 1990s. 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.