The majority of the materials were gathered or created by Dr. Hector Lee’s students in the American and California folklore classes at Sonoma State University. The volumes cover North Bay history, with a focus on beliefs, customs & folkways; place names & folk speech; historical characters, outlaws, miners & lumbermen; legends, tales & anecdotes; pioneer stories & personal reminiscences; and children’s lore & folklore in the schools.
Dr. Hector Lee was a professor of English, Dean of Instruction, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State College/Sonoma State University. He was also a significant writer and storyteller, a scholar of national reputation, an editor, and a radio, TV, and recording personality.
The collection consists of 42 volumes of oral histories and reminiscences and includes some newspaper articles and realia affixed to the pages of a number of the volumes.
The research material in the collection is available to view by appointment.