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Sonoma State University Library
Special Collections
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, California 94928
Phone: (707) 664-4152
Email: specialcollections@sonoma.edu
Collections with online items: 8
Physical collections: 41
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Dawson Lime Kiln Photograph Collection

Photographs of lime kiln ruins in northern and central California, documenting a critical 19th century industry producing lime for the construction of cities in the area. The collection includes 16 photographs (16 X 20 in.) and text documents by the...

Finley – McFarling Genealogy Collection

The Finley-McFarling Genealogy Collection contains over 700 citations to documents involving early Finley families in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and California along with a number of collateral lines. These documents, all in transcribed form and many with...

Hoyt Earthquake Photograph Collection

These vintage photographs of the extensive earthquake and fire damage to downtown Santa Rosa once belonged to Henry’s daughter, Frances H. Gove (d.1993 in Monterey, California). The envelope and its contents were found in a Monterey bookshop by a dealer...

LeBaron (Gaye) Collection

The collection houses the research material of newspaper columnist Gaye LeBaron relating to the North Bay region of California. Files hold support materials for more than 8,200 newspaper columns written for The Press Democrat newspaper in Santa Rosa, California. Included...

Modini Ranch Journals Collection

James (Jim) and Shirley Modini, Sonoma County natives, lived at Pine Flat Road Ranch from World War II until their deaths, his in 2011 and hers in 2012. In 2000, the Modinis worked with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and...

North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection

The images in the North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection constitute an important chronicle of local buildings and represent a significant piece of the region's social, cultural, and anthropological history dating from the mid-1800s. The majority of photographs were taken...

Smith (Ernestine) Papers

The Smith papers, dating from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, include correspondence, government documents, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, fliers and ephemera. All relate to such local environmental issues as nuclear power plant construction and coastal access.

Talbot (Roy Maxwell) Papers

Roy Maxwell Talbot (1880-1963) began his career in the Chinese Maritime Customs in 1908. He served as Commissioner of Customs from 1935 until 1938, when he became Audit Secretary in the Inspectorate General's Office. He was in that position until...