Looking for an exciting way to explore Sonoma County history? Then the University Library's Special Collections is the place to start. With thousands of unique primary materials, there are treasures on every aspect of North Bay history. With many items available online, you can start exploring from home.
The best place to start is with the collection materials from Sonoma County's famed historian Gaye LeBaron. The Gaye LeBaron Collection includes a truly eclectic range of items from letters to clippings to photographs, and more, organized into over 800 topics, many of which can be viewed online.
Here are two possibilities to start your exploration:
Edward and Eliza Tanner World War I Letters, provide a rich historical view of life in Santa Rosa during the early part of the twentieth century.
Fountaingrove Utopian Colony collection, which is full of materials from the eccentric Thomas Lake Harris who founded this utopian society on a belief in perfect celestial mates, celibacy, and immortality.
Although most people associate the Great Earthquake of 1906 with San Francisco, Santa Rosa suffered more damage and had a larger death toll than the City. The Earthquake of 1906 Digital Collection of photographs and correspondence describes the aftermath of the Great Quake in Santa Rosa.
Browsing through the images of historic homes, commercial buildings, and rural structures in the North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection gives us a glimpse into the region's social, cultural, and anthropological history.
Who better to lead us on an adventure through Sonoma County in the early 20th century than Jack London? The Jack London Collection covers the wide range of this famed writer's many interests. Make an appointment to look at original letters, books, articles, and movie memorabilia.
To learn about all of the Library's Special Collections, go to http://library.sonoma.edu/regional/about.php.
To make an appointment to view materials, contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org.