Our Collections

Explore our collections below:

  • Physical Collections lists our print collections.
  • Digital Collections lists collections that contain selected digitized items, as well as digital-only collections.
  • Topics lists areas of focus for our collections.
Brenda Starr Comic Collection

Brenda Starr Comic Collection

Syndicated comic strip art created in 1947 by Dale Messick
Corrick Brown Santa Rosa Symphony Collection

Brown (Corrick) Santa Rosa Symphony Collection

38 years of Santa Rosa Symphony history, collected during the tenure of Conductor Corrick Brown (1928-2016)
C.O.A.A.S.T. Scrapbook Collection

C.O.A.A.S.T. Scrapbook Collection

Scrapbooks of the organization Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands (1968-1972)
California Folklore Miscellany

California Folklore Miscellany

Oral histories and reminiscences that document North Bay history with a focus on folklore and family stories (1850-1983)
John P. Crevelli Papers

Crevelli (John P.) Papers

Environmental papers of an environmental historian on county, state, and national environmental issues (1931-2015)
Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collectio

Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collection

Photographs of 19th century California and Nevada lime kilns taken by David Dawson Photographs of California and Nevada lime kilns by David Dawson
Dust Bowl Migration Archive

Dust Bowl Migration Archive

Dust Bowl era documents collected by author and SSU professor Gerald Haslam (1938-1981)
English Chapbook Collection

English Chapbook Collection

19th century pocket-sized songbooks and miscellanies
Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection

Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection

Genealogy and history of an early Sonoma County family (1740-1830)
Roland Hauck Papers

Hauck (Roland) Papers

Materials focused on environmental issues concerning Sonoma County creeks and streams, and the construction of Warm Springs Dam
Ernest Hemingway Letters

Hemingway (Ernest) Letters

Correspondence from Hemingway to journalist Denne Petitclerc (1956-1958)
Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection

Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection

Photographs of Santa Rosa following the 1906 earthquake
John W. Hudson Papers

Hudson (John W.) Papers

Ethnographic data on California Native Americans collected by Hudson (1848-1977)
Indochinese Cultures Project

Indochinese Cultures Project

Photographs of Southeast Asian refugees in California (1958-1984)
Leopold Justi Papers

Justi (Leopold) Papers

Papers documenting the life of a Glen Ellen (Calif.) pioneer (1853-1874
Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers

Kortum (William M.) Papers

North Bay environmental history collected by the leader of the North Bay movement in the late 20th and early 21st century (1954-2014)
Gaye Lebaron

LeBaron (Gaye) Collection

The working papers of a distinguished Sonoma County journalist and historian (1800s-2016)
John LeBaron Photograph Collection

LeBaron (John) Photograph Collection

Prints and photo negatives of a nationally recognized photographer and photojournalist (1950- 2014)
Hector Lee Folklore Collection

Lee (Hector) Folklore Collection

Folklore of northern California and beyond collected by SSU professor Lee (1850-1983)
Bust of Jack London

London (Jack) Collection

Books and memorabilia related to American author Jack London (1897-2005)
Painting of wolf

London (Jack) in Context Collection

Books and research materials chronicling Jack London’s era (1800s-2013)
Lyman Celtic Collection

Lyman Celtic Collection

Books of Celtic poetry, fiction, and plays (1890s-1930s)
George McCabe Papers

McCabe (George E.) Papers

Papers of a Sonoma State University founding father (1951-1998)
Modini Ranch Journals Collection

Modini Ranch Journals Collection

Handwritten journals depicting life on a Sonoma County ranch (1935-2005)
Nakata and Stevens Papers

Nakata and Stevens Papers

Yoshimatsu Nakata’s recollections as an employee of Jack London (1938-2002)
North Bay Ethnic Archive

North Bay Ethnic Archive

Oral histories and photos representing a variety of North Bay ethnic groups (1975-2000)
Walt Phillips Small Press Collection

Phillips (Walt) Small Press Collection

Numerous 20th century small press journal issues with an emphasis on poetry (1959-1999)
Rare Book Collection

Rare Books Collection

Wide array of rare books on all subjects from the 17th through the 20th centuries
Two people walking a path, passing a large tree.

Regional Collection

Books and maps focused on North Bay history, government, people, and environmental issues (1860s-present)
Regional Newspaper Collection

Regional Newspapers Collection

Historical California and North Bay newspapers from 1883 to the early 1990s
Charles Rhinehart Papers

Rhinehart (Charles) Papers

Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist and founder of C.O.A.A.S.T. (Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands)  (1968-2005)
Ruben Salazar Collection

Salazar (Rubén) Collection

News articles and other material by and about Mexican American journalist Rubén Salazar (1955-2008)
2 women showing their stockings while wearing early 20th century bathing suits.

Simmons-Banta Photograph Collection

Photographs of the Simmons and Banta families of Sonoma and Riverside counties, California (circa 1895-1950)
Yes on B, it's your coast

Smith (Ernestine) Papers

Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist (1959-1973)
Sonoma County Agriculture, Land Use, and Tourism Collection

Sonoma County Agriculture, Land Use, and Tourism Collection

Ephemera promoting Sonoma County and potential land use (1906-1915; 1949)
Sonoma County Highways

Sonoma County Highways

Right-of-way appraisal files developed by the California Highway Commission (CalTrans) to document the access needed to build Highway 101 through Sonoma County (1940-1976)
Sonoma County Oral History Project

Sonoma County Oral History Project

Transcripts of oral histories documenting the daily lives of 12 Sonoma County families (1975-1978)
Sonoma County Preservation Project

Sonoma County Preservation Project

Photographs of historic buildings and sites from an SSU History Department program (1970s)
A feminist garage women mechanics.

Sonoma County Women’s Oral History Collection

Material relating to the history and development of the women’s movement in Sonoma County (1970-2008)
A hand holding a pen.

Spanish Civil War Collection

Posters and pamphlets from Spain’s Anti-Franco movement (1936-1945)
Student Dissent Papers

Student Dissent Papers

Miscellaneous items pertaining to student activism in the U.S. (1957-1971)
Roy Maxwell Talbot Papers

Talbot (Roy Maxwell) Papers

Photographs, artifacts, and documents from the private collection of Roy Maxwell Talbot (1908-1943)
John Taylor

Taylor (John Shackelford) Papers

Papers documenting the life of a Sonoma County pioneer (1850-1948)
Spine of a book

Tombs (Nellie) Papers

Late 19th century ephemera saved by a young girl living in Healdsburg (1885-1888)
Woman with a horse on Sonoma State Campus

University Archives

University Archives preserves material on Sonoma State University’s campus history, beginning in 1961
Map

Warner (Iva) Papers

Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist (1963-1994)
Windsor Oral Histories

Windsor Oral Histories

Oral histories of longtime Windsor residents (1979)
Lynn Woolsey Congressional Papers

Woolsey (Lynn) Congressional Papers

Official papers of a former U.S. Congresswoman who represented the North Bay (1993-2013)
California Folklore Miscellany

California Folklore Miscellany

Oral histories and reminiscences that document North Bay history with a focus on folklore and family stories (1850-1983)
John P. Crevelli Papers

Crevelli (John P.) Papers

Environmental papers of an environmental historian on county, state, and national environmental issues (1931-2015)
Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collectio

Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collection

Photographs of 19th century California and Nevada lime kilns taken by David Dawson Photographs of California and Nevada lime kilns by David Dawson
Small fence overlooking ocean.

Environmental History Digital Collection

Photographs and papers documenting environmental activities in northern California
Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection

Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection

Genealogy and history of an early Sonoma County family (1740-1830)
Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection

Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection

Photographs of Santa Rosa following the 1906 earthquake
Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers

Kortum (William M.) Papers

North Bay environmental history collected by the leader of the North Bay movement in the late 20th and early 21st century (1954-2014)
Gaye Lebaron

LeBaron (Gaye) Collection

The working papers of a distinguished Sonoma County journalist and historian (1800s-2016)
Modini Ranch Journals Collection

Modini Ranch Journals Collection

Handwritten journals depicting life on a Sonoma County ranch (1935-2005)
Map with pins

North Bay Digital Maps

Digital images of the region’s geologic and topographic maps
North Bay Ethnic Archive

North Bay Ethnic Archive

Oral histories and photos representing a variety of North Bay ethnic groups (1975-2000)
Charles Rhinehart Papers

Rhinehart (Charles) Papers

Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist and founder of C.O.A.A.S.T. (Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands)  (1968-2005)
Yes on B, it's your coast

Smith (Ernestine) Papers

Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist (1959-1973)
Sonoma County Preservation Project

Sonoma County Preservation Project

Photographs of historic buildings and sites from an SSU History Department program (1970s)
Outlaw Steppes, May 1, 1970

Student Newspaper Digital Collection

Student newspapers from Sonoma State University’s history, dating from 1961
Roy Maxwell Talbot Papers

Talbot (Roy Maxwell) Papers

Photographs, artifacts, and documents from the private collection of Roy Maxwell Talbot (1908-1943)
Woman with a horse on Sonoma State Campus

University Archives

University Archives preserves material on Sonoma State University’s campus history, beginning in 1961

Authors, Artists, & Musicians

California History & Politics

Environmental History & Activism

North Bay History & Politics

Sonoma State University History

World History & Literature

United States History & Politics