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Our Collections


Special Collections materials are distinguished by rarity, value, aesthetics, and format. Our collections include manuscripts, photographs, books, periodicals, media, and ephemera. Access to print collections is by appointment and special handling procedures will apply. For easy access to a growing number of digitized treasures, explore North Bay Digital Collections.

Digital

Daily life in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II

Photographs of Santa Rosa following the 1906 earthquake

Photographs and papers documenting environmental activities in northern California

Genealogy and history of an early Sonoma County family

Working papers of a distinguished Sonoma County journalist

Photographs of California and Nevada lime kilns

Journals and ledgers handwritten by Jim Modini, documenting life on his northern California ranch

Digital images of the region’s geologic and topographic maps
A cropped image of a typewriiten letter.

Material related to the forced relocation of northern San Francisco Bay Area residents to Incarceration Camp Amache

Photographs of historic buildings and sites from SSU's Sonoma County Preservation Project (1970s)

Photographs and papers reflecting life in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (1908-1943)

Interactive map of historic places, notable people, and key events

Photographs, documents, and media of historical significance to the University

Outlaw Steeples, a student newspaper from Sonoma State University
Student newspapers from Sonoma State University’s history, dating from 1961

Images, documents, and media about North Bay waterways, a part of SSU’s Water Works Initiative (2012)

Print

Bill Kortum
North Bay environmental history collected by the acknowledged leader of the movement in the 20th and early 21st century.

Syndicated comic strip art by Dale Messick (1947)

Clipping archive of Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands (1968-1972)

Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist (1960-2007)

Conductor Corrick Brown
38 years of Santa Rosa Symphony history, collected during the tenure of Conductor Corrick Brown (1939-2001)

Photographs of California and Nevada lime kilns by David Dawson

Dust Bowl era documents collected by author and SSU professor Gerald Haslam

19th century pocket-sized songbooks and miscellany

Correspondence from Hemingway to journalist Denne Petitclerc (1956-1958)

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

Genealogy and history of an early Sonoma County family

Working papers of a distinguished Sonoma County journalist

Papers of a Sonoma State University founding father (1950s-1990s)

Folklore of northern California and beyond collected by SSU professor Lee 

Photographs of downtown Santa Rosa following the 1906 earthquake

Photographs of Southeast Asian refugees in California (1970s-1980s)

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

Books and memorabilia related to American author Jack London

Books and research materials chronicling Jack London’s era

Black and white photo of a bridge.
Prints and photo negatives of a nationally recognized photographer and photojournalist, from the 1950s through 2014
John Crevelli
Environmental papers of an environmental historian on county, state, and national environmental issues (1931-2015)

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

Ethnographic data on California Native Americans collected by Hudson

Papers documenting the life of a Glen Ellen (Calif.) pioneer (1860s-1940s)

Books of Celtic poetry, fiction, and plays

Official papers of a former U.S. Congresswoman who represented the North Bay (1993-2013)
Handwritten journals depicting life on a Sonoma County ranch (1935-2005)

Yoshimatsu Nakata’s recollections as an employee of Jack London

Late 19th century ephemera saved by a young girl living in Healdsburg (Calif.)

Oral histories and photos representing a variety of ethnic groups

Multidisciplinary resources on Sonoma, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Solano counties (Calif.)

Newspaper business records (1988-1991)

Wide array of rare books on all subjects from the 17th to 20th centuries

Vintage issues of selected North Bay publications

Photographs and papers reflecting life in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (1908-1943)

News articles (1955-2008) by and about Mexican American journalist Salazar

Photographs of the Simmons and Banta families of Sonoma and Riverside counties (Calif.)

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

Transcripts of oral histories documenting the daily lives of twelve Sonoma County families

Photographs of historic buildings and sites (1970s-1980s)

Posters and pamphlets from the Anti-Franco movement of the 1930s

Miscellaneous items pertaining to student activism in the U.S. (1960s-1970s)

Numerous 20th century small press journal issues with emphasis on poetry

Oral histories of longtime Windsor residents