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Sonoma County Highways

Sonoma County CalTrans map

These right-of-way appraisal files were developed by the California Highway Commission (CalTrans) to document the right-of-way access needed to build Highway 101 through Sonoma County between the 1940s and the 1970s. The collection documents an important milestone in the history of Sonoma County, the creation of Highway 101, which transects the county south to north.

Materials include appraisals, photographs of properties, comparable property reports, economic and development appraisals, correspondence, reports, and detailed maps. The photographs provide valuable historic detail of architectural styles and scenes of parts of Sonoma County prior to development. The appraisal notes and reports are rich with detail and commentary on economic conditions, development plans, the impact of historic events, and the diverse inhabitants of these properties.

Lynn Woolsey Congressional Papers

Photograph of Lynn Woolsey wearing a red blazer in front of the American flag

In 2013, retired U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey donated her official legislative papers to the University Library. The materials, including bills, speeches, manuscripts and visual media, document her tenure in Congress. Lynn Woolsey represented the 6th Congressional District (Marin and Sonoma counties) from 1993 to 2014. She co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus and strongly opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She continues to champion causes related to peace, education, the environment, women and children. A finding aid is being created.

Gaye LeBaron Collection

Photograph of Gaye LeBaron

As local history columnist for The Press Democrat newspaper (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Gaye LeBaron amassed decades' worth of research notes and primary source materials. A well-respected community voice, she has written over 8,000 columns and continues to write today. In 2001, she donated her notes, correspondence, oral histories, manuscripts, photographs, clippings and more to the University Library for public access and safekeeping. The collection chronicles the history of the area and is the ‘go-to’ place for research on over 800 North Bay topics. The digital version of the collection, with 900 columns and selected file materials, is a great place to explore.

Jack London Collection

Jack London was one of America’s most popular authors and continues to be read and studied on an international scale. Rare items, such as movie memorabilia, correspondence, first editions and magazine writings, are among the fine materials donated by Waring Jones in 2001. The collection has great value to researchers interested in regional, U.S. and world history, as well as socialism, ranching, and ocean sailing. For a complete listing of the contents, go to the Finding Aid or search the University Library’s online catalog.

Jack London in Context Collection

The life of American writer Jack London (1876-1916) spanned a lively and complicated historical era and he was able to capture the period in his many works of fiction and nonfiction. This collection, donated by Palmer Andrews in 2014, focuses on books and research materials that reflect London’s vast range of interests and his personal and literary connections to contemporaries, great thinkers, and events. For more information about and to make an appointment to view this collection, search the University Library’s online catalog. Image: design by Rob Appell; quilt made by Jeannie Quinton.

Student Newspaper Digital Collection

Outlaw Steeples, a student newspaper from Sonoma State University

This collection provides access to digitized student newspapers from Sonoma State University’s history, dating from 1961. Included are The Sonoma State Star and its predecessors, The Sonoman, Cossack Steppes, Outlaw Steppes, Sonoma State Steppes, Cal State Sonoma Key, Voice of the Redwoods, Patchwork, Cotati Call, Sonoma State Morning Glory and Sonoma State Carousel. The collection provides insight into SSU events, issues, and life throughout history as well as student viewpoints regarding campus, local, national, and global news.

Current issues of the Star are available on the Sonoma State Star website. Earlier issues are available via University Wire, which SSU students can access through the Library's subscription to ProQuest Newsstand.