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.

Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers
North Bay environmental history collected by the acknowledged leader of the movement in the 20th and early 21st century.
Environmental History Digital Collection
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Brenda Starr Comic Collection
Brenda Starr
Syndicated comic strip art created in 1947 by Dale Messick.
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C.O.A.A.S.T Scrapbooks
California license plate COAAST
C.O.A.A.S.T. (Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands) formed in 1968 to preserve public coastal access and later championed other important environmental causes. The organization disbanded in 1993.
Environmental History Digital Collection
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Camp Amache Digital Collection
Little girl climbing out of a army truck
Daily life in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II
Camp Amache Digital Collection
Charles Rhinehart Papers
Yellow flowers overlooking a cliff and the ocean.
Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist and founder of C.O.A.A.S.T. (Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands).
Environmental History Digital Collection
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Corrick Brown Santa Rosa Symphony Collection
Corrick Brown
38 years of Santa Rosa Symphony history, collected during the tenure of Conductor Corrick Brown (1939-2001)
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Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collection
Black and white of a lime kiln.
Photographs of California and Nevada lime kilns by David Dawson
Lime Kiln Digital Collection
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Dust Bowl Migration Archive
Older woman ironing.
Dust Bowl era documents collected by author and SSU professor Gerald Haslam
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English Chapbook Collection
4 books
19th century pocket-sized songbooks and miscellany
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English chapbook collection
Environmental History Digital Collection
Small fence overlooking ocean.
Photographs and papers documenting environmental activities in northern California
Environmental History Digital Collection
Ernest Hemingway Letters
Hemmingway
Correspondence from Hemingway to journalist Denne Petitclerc (1956-1958)
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Ernest Hemingway letters
Ernestine Smith Papers
Yes on B, it's your coast
Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist (1959-1973)
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Ernestine Smith papers
Finley-McFarling Genealogy Online Collection
3 children
Genealogy and history of an early Sonoma County family
Finley-McFarling website
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Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection
Gaye LeBaron Collection
Gaye Lebaron
Working papers of a distinguished Sonoma County journalist
Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection
Gaye LeBaron Collection
George McCabe Papers
Papers of a Sonoma State University founding father (1950s-1990s)
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George E. McCabe papers
Hector Lee Folklore Collection
Folklore of northern California and beyond collected by SSU professor Lee 
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Hector Lee folklore collection
Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection
Destroyed house
Photographs of Santa Rosa following the 1906 earthquake
Earthquake of 1906 Digital Collection
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Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection
Indochinese Cultures Project
Indochinese woman and child.
Photographs of Southeast Asian refugees in California (1970s-1980s)
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Indochinese cultures project
Iva Warner Papers
Map
Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist (1963-1994)
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Iva Warner papers
Jack London Collection
Bust of Jack London
Using Special CollectionsBooks and memorabilia related to American author Jack London
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Jack London Collection
Jack London in Context Collection
Painting of wolf
Books and research materials chronicling Jack London’s era
Jack London in context collection
John LeBaron Photograph Collection
Bridge
Prints and photo negatives of a nationally recognized photographer and photojournalist, from the 1950s through 2014
John P. Crevelli Papers
John P. Crevelli
Environmental papers of an environmental historian on county, state, and national environmental issues (1931-2015)
John P. Crevelli papers
John Shackelford Taylor Papers
John Taylor
Papers documenting the life of a Sonoma County pioneer (1850-1948)
John Shackelford Taylor papers
John W. Hudson Papers
John Hudson
Ethnographic data on California Native Americans collected by Hudson
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John W. Hudson papers
Leopold Justi Papers
Leopold Justi
Papers documenting the life of a Glen Ellen (Calif.) pioneer (1860s-1940s)
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Leopold Justi papers
Lyman Celtic Collection
Spine of a book, Lyra Celtica
Books of Celtic poetry, fiction, and plays
Lyman Celtic Collection
Lynn Woolsey Congressional Papers
Lynn Woolsey
Official papers of a former U.S. Congresswoman who represented the North Bay (1993-2013)
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Lynn Woolsey Congressional Papers, 1993-2013
Modini Ranch Journals
Red barn in  green hills
Handwritten journals depicting life on a Sonoma County ranch (1935-2005)
Modini Ranch Journals Digital Collection
Modini Ranch Journals
Nakata and Stevens Papers
Man at the wheel of a boat
Yoshimatsu Nakata’s recollections as an employee of Jack London
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Nakata and Stevens Papers
Nellie Tombs Papers
Spine of a book
Late 19th century ephemera saved by a young girl living in Healdsburg (Calif.)
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Nellie M. Tombs papers
North Bay Digital Maps
Map with pins
Digital images of the region’s geologic and topographic maps
North Bay Ethnic Archive
Oral histories and photos representing a variety of ethnic groups
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North Bay ethnic archive
North Bay Ethnic Digital Collection
Man carrying two suitcases.
Material related to the forced relocation of northern San Francisco Bay Area residents to Incarceration Camp Amache
North Bay Ethnic Digital Collection
Rare Book Collection
Wide array of rare books on all subjects from the 17th to 20th centuries
Rare Book Collection
Regional Newspaper Collection
Sonoma County Stump newspaper clipping
Vintage issues of selected North Bay publications
Regional Newspaper Collection
Roy Maxwell Talbot papers
Photographs, artifacts, and documents from the private collection of Roy Maxwell Talbot.
Roy Maxwell Talbot Digital Collection
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Roy Maxwell Talbot papers
Ruben Salazar Collection
Painting of Ruben Salazar
News articles (1955-2008) by and about Mexican American journalist Salazar
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Ruben Salazar Collection
Simmons-Banta Photograph Collection
2 women showing their stockings while wearing early 20th century bathing suits.
Photographs of the Simmons and Banta families of Sonoma and Riverside counties (Calif.)
Simmons-Banta Photograph Collection
Sonoma County Agriculture, Land Use, and Tourism Collection
Graton and Green Valley apples
Ephemera promoting Sonoma County and potential land use (1906-1915)
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Sonoma County Agriculture, Land Use, and Tourism Collection
Sonoma County Highways
Closeup view of property 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.
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Sonoma County Highways Collection
Sonoma County Oral History Project
Oral History Project
Transcripts of oral histories documenting the daily lives of twelve Sonoma County families
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Sonoma County Oral History Project
Sonoma County Preservation Project
House
Photographs of historic buildings and sites from SSU's Sonoma County Preservation Project (1970s)
North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection
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Sonoma County preservation project
Sonoma State University Archives The Sonoma State University Archives preserve material produced by Sonoma State University and its constituent parts. 
Sonoma State University Archives
Sonoma State: The History of a University
The earth and a peace symbol.
Photographs, documents, and media of historical significance to the University
Sonoma State: The History of a University
Spanish Civil War Collection
A hand holding a pen.
Posters and pamphlets from the Anti-Franco movement of the 1930s
Spanish Civil War Collection
Student Dissent Papers
The role of Communists in Campus Rioting
Miscellaneous items pertaining to student activism in the U.S. (1960s-1970s)
Finding Aid
Student Dissent Papers
Student Newspaper Digital Collection
Outlaw Steppes, May 1, 1970
Student newspapers from Sonoma State University’s history, dating from 1961
Student Newspaper Digital Collection
Walt Phillips Small Press Collection
Selection of poetry journals
Numerous 20th century small press journal issues with an emphasis on poetry
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Walt Phillips Small Press Collection
Water Works Digital Exhibit
Images, documents, and media about North Bay waterways, a part of SSU’s Water Works Initiative (2012)
Water Works Digital Exhibit
Windsor Oral Histories
3 children standing behind a cow.
Oral histories of longtime Windsor residents
Finding Aid
Windsor Project oral histories

Authors, Artists, & Musicians

California History & Politics

Environmental History & Activism

North Bay History & Politics

Sonoma State University History

World History & Literature

Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers
North Bay environmental history collected by the acknowledged leader of the movement in the 20th and early 21st century.
Environmental History Digital Collection
Finding Aid
Camp Amache Digital Collection
Little girl climbing out of a army truck
Daily life in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II
Camp Amache Digital Collection
Charles Rhinehart Papers
Yellow flowers overlooking a cliff and the ocean.
Environmental papers of a Sonoma County activist and founder of C.O.A.A.S.T. (Californians Organized to Acquire Access to State Tidelands).
Environmental History Digital Collection
Finding Aid
Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collection
Black and white of a lime kiln.
Photographs of California and Nevada lime kilns by David Dawson
Lime Kiln Digital Collection
Finding Aid
Environmental History Digital Collection
Small fence overlooking ocean.
Photographs and papers documenting environmental activities in northern California
Environmental History Digital Collection
Finley-McFarling Genealogy Online Collection
3 children
Genealogy and history of an early Sonoma County family
Finley-McFarling website
Finding Aid
Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection
Gaye LeBaron Collection
Gaye Lebaron
Working papers of a distinguished Sonoma County journalist
Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection
Gaye LeBaron Collection
Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection
Destroyed house
Photographs of Santa Rosa following the 1906 earthquake
Earthquake of 1906 Digital Collection
Finding Aid
Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection
John LeBaron Photograph Collection
Bridge
Prints and photo negatives of a nationally recognized photographer and photojournalist, from the 1950s through 2014
Modini Ranch Journals
Red barn in  green hills
Handwritten journals depicting life on a Sonoma County ranch (1935-2005)
Modini Ranch Journals Digital Collection
Modini Ranch Journals
North Bay Digital Maps
Map with pins
Digital images of the region’s geologic and topographic maps
North Bay Ethnic Digital Collection
Man carrying two suitcases.
Material related to the forced relocation of northern San Francisco Bay Area residents to Incarceration Camp Amache
North Bay Ethnic Digital Collection
Roy Maxwell Talbot papers
Photographs, artifacts, and documents from the private collection of Roy Maxwell Talbot.
Roy Maxwell Talbot Digital Collection
Finding Aid
Roy Maxwell Talbot papers
Sonoma County Preservation Project
House
Photographs of historic buildings and sites from SSU's Sonoma County Preservation Project (1970s)
North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection
Finding Aid
Sonoma County preservation project
Sonoma State University Archives The Sonoma State University Archives preserve material produced by Sonoma State University and its constituent parts. 
Sonoma State University Archives
Sonoma State: The History of a University
The earth and a peace symbol.
Photographs, documents, and media of historical significance to the University
Sonoma State: The History of a University
Student Newspaper Digital Collection
Outlaw Steppes, May 1, 1970
Student newspapers from Sonoma State University’s history, dating from 1961
Student Newspaper Digital Collection
Water Works Digital Exhibit
Images, documents, and media about North Bay waterways, a part of SSU’s Water Works Initiative (2012)
Water Works Digital Exhibit