Register of the Conference of California Historical Societies Archives, 1954-

Processed by Don Walker; machine-readable finding aid created by Don Walker
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
© 1998
University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Register of the Conference of California Historical Societies Archives, 1954-

Collection number: Mss243

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

Processed; Reprocessed by:
Don Walker; Josh Salyers
Date Completed:
November 1998; 2018
Encoded by:
Don Walker; Nicole Grady
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Conference of California Historical Societies Archives,
Date (inclusive): 1954-
Collection number: Mss243
Extent: 4 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Conference of California Historical Societies Archives, Mss243, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Access Points

corporate name

Conference of California Historical Societies


History -Societies, etc.
California -Antiquities
Museum publications -California
Local history -Archival resources


The Conference of California Historical Societies is a consortium of the local historical societies of California. The Conference was founded under the leadership of California History Professor R. Coke Wood of the College of the Pacific (1954). The Conference supports the activities of its members with educational programs and information on historic restoration, fund raising, grant writing, lobbying, collection maintenance, volunteer activities and other subjects of interest to membership. The Conference publishes the California Historian and hosts annual conferences and workshops.

Scope and Content

The Conference of California Historical Societies contains records and correspondence related to its founding, early years, membership, the publication of the California Historian, and the organization of annual conferences.


Series 1 includes: officers’ records; minutes; programs; committee reports; financial reports; and, awards information (1954- ). Series 2 contains small serial publications and announcements of individual member societies.

Related Collections:

The California Historian and serial publications of Individual History Societies can be found in Holt-Atherton’s Periodicals Collection.


SERIES 1: CCHS Records, Correspondence, and Annual Conference Papers


Box 1: CCHS Organization Papers


1.1.1: California History Foundation: Director Reports, Correspondence (1940s/1950s)


1.1.2: Beginning of CCHS (1953-1959)


1.1.3: Articles of Incorporation


1.1.4: Early By-Laws


1.1.5: Guidelines for Hosting CCHS Meetings


1.1.6: Treasury and Fundraising Instructions


1.1.7: Cookbook (1982-83)


1.1.8: Insurance


1.1.9: Member Articles and Histories


1.1.10: Memorials and Tributes


1.1.11: Awards (1965-1989)


1.1.12: CCHS Organizational Info


1.1.13: Photographs


1.1.14: Clippings: History of CCHS (1954, 1987-1988)


1.1.15: Clippings: Members and Events (1980s)


Box 2: Correspondence, Board of Directors Meetings, Member Questionnaires


1.2.1-4: Correspondence (1952-1962)


1.2.5-16: Board of Directors Meetings/Minutes/Papers (1954-1990)


1.2.17: Financial Reports (1975-1989)


1.2.18-24: Organization Information Questionnaires (1983-89)


1.2.25: Organization Information Questionnaires (Non-members)


Box 3: Rosters, By-laws, and Conference Programs


1.3.1-2: Annual Conference Programs (1955-1985)


1.3.3 Benefactors, Donors, and Memorial Placards


1.3.4-19: Rosters and By-laws (1983-2008, incomplete)


1.3.20 Annual Conference Proceedings of the California Historical Societies (1955-1958)


Box 4: Ruth C. Clark Personal Diaries (1950-1981): Ruth Clark was a life-long supporter of California Historical societies. Her diaries from the 1960s and 1970s contain many references to CCHS activities and CCHS President Coke Wood.


SERIES 2: Papers, Announcements, and Newsletters of Individual Member Historical Societies (Small Collections)


Box 1:


2.1.1 Amador County Historical Society: Newsletter (1976(3vol), 1982)


2.1.2 Antioch Historical Society: Bulletin (1975), meeting notices, and newspaper clippings


2.1.3 East Contra Costa County Historical Society: Newsletter “Los Meganos” (3 vol-1983, 1984, 1986)


2.1.4 Haggin Museum and Pioneer Galleries: Directors Reports, news releases, annual meeting agendas, newspaper clippings, press releases


2.1.6 Lodi Historical Society


2.1.7 San Francisco bay Area Gay and Lesbian historical Society: Newsletter (1985-1991), Benefit and Performance Announcements


2.1.8 San Francisco Negro Historical and Cultural Society: Newsletter/California History Series (1965-1967, 1970), purpose statements, bibliography


2.1.9 Solano Historical Society: Press releases, Award nominations


2.1.10 San Joaquin County Historical Society: member reports, announcements, heritage tour, schedules.


2.1.11 San Joaquin County Economic Development Association: Newsletter (1968 (1 issue))


2.1.12 Sierra Conservation Center: “The Nugget”) (1967 (4 vol))


2.1.13 McHenry Museum and Historical Society: “Musings of the Society” (1990, 1991-1996, 1998, 1999, 2000); McHenry Museum Newsletter (1979, 1985, 1986, 1987)


2.1.14 Stanislaus County Historical Society: "Newsletter"- (1965-67, 1970), Announcements, Papers of the society, Acquisitions lists, By-laws


2.1.15 Tuolumne County Historical Society: Tuolumne County Museum News, first issues of the Quarterly, Correspondence, Announcements


2.1.16 San Joaquin Genealogical Society: Newsletter (1979, 1980-81)


2.1.17 Northern Mariposa County Historical Society: Newsletter “Banderita” (1986-1994, 1996-2000); Press releases


2.1.18 Simon J Lubin Society of California


2.1.19 Japanese American Citizens League: Pacific Citizen (1996, 1999)


2.1.20 John Muir Newsletter: Correspondence


2.1.21 Yosemite Natural History Association: clippings, news releases.