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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: 6
Physical collections: 31
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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...

 
Dust Bowl Migration Archive

Concerned that the history of the migration of 350,000 "Okies" to California would be lost, Gerald Haslam, Professor of English, established the Okie Studies Project. Included are examples of the work of Charles L. Todd, a librarian in the U.S....

 
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English Chapbook Collection

This collection is comprised of original chapbooks from England published in the nineteenth century. These chapbooks include song books, lesson books, fortune telling guides, natural histories, histories, and other ephemera. The term “chapbook” was first used in 1824, according to...

Ernestine Smith 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.

 
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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...

 
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Hemingway (Ernest) Letters

Denne Petitclerc met Ernest Hemingway while Peticlerc was working as a reporter for a Miami, Florida newspaper. Four personal letters from Hemingway were donated to the Ruben Salazar Library in 1969 by Petitclerc. They are from a correspondence Petitclerc held...

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...

 
Hudson (John W.) Papers

This collection is comprised primarily of reproductive copies of correspondence, memorandums, field notes, catalogues, and annotations of Dr. John Wiz Napier Hudson, Ethnology Researcher. The original documents for much of this collection are found in the Grace Hudson Museum in...

 
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Indochinese Cultures Project

In 1983, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a project grant focusing on the diverse Indochinese peoples and cultures of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The Sonoma State University Library and Extended Education Program worked together on the project, which...

 
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Justi (Leopold) Papers

Leopold Justi (1864-1946), a longtime resident of Glen Ellen, was a farmer, a winemaker, a justice of the peace and an insurance agent. He achieved recognition in each of his endeavors. As a farmer and winemaker, he helped develop a...

 
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Lee (Hector) Folklore Collection

Dr. Hector Lee (1908-1992) came from Chico State University to SSU at its inception. He was a nationally known authority on western folklore and a true teller of tall tales. The Lee papers document Dr. Lee’s involvement with the folklore...

 
London (Jack) Collection

The story of this collection begins with its creator, Carl J. Bernatovech who was born in Buffalo, New York on September 8, 1943. Shortly after returning from the Vietnam War, Mr. Bernatovech read The Call of the Wild. He became...

 
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McCabe (George E.) Papers

Considered one of the founding fathers of Sonoma State University, George E. McCabe was chair of the Education and Psychology Division. His commitments extended to national and state commissions, civil rights activism, and politics. The collection is comprised of papers...

 
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Nakata (Yoshimatsu) and Stevens (Barry Fox) Papers

The Nakata and Stevens papers date from 1938. The key item within the collection is an original manuscript titled “A Hero to His Valet” by Yoshimatsu Nakata, transcribed by Barry Fox Stevens. From 1907 to 1915, Jack London and his...

 
North Bay Ethnic Archive

Forty-six oral history cassette tapes (converted to CD) and miscellaneous items donated by the interviewees — including photos, slides and a narrative report from the camp director of the Granada Relocation Camp in Amache, Colorado, a Japanese-American internment camp during...

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...

 
North Coast Farmer Archive

Formerly the Sonoma Marin Farmer, the newspaper North Coast Farmer was published from July 1988 to January 1991, covering news of agricultural interest in Sonoma and Marin counties. First associated with the Sonoma Marin Farm Bureau, it was then published...

 
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Phillips (Walt) Small Press Collection

Walt Phillips, a former newspaper journalist, photographer, and columnist has created hundreds of poems and drawings since 1959. His work has appeared in many publications, including The Massachusetts Review; Prairie Schooner; Yellow Brick Road; Pearl; Wormwood Review; and Chiron Review....

 
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Salazar (Ruben) Collection

In 1979 the new library at Sonoma State University was named after Mexican-American journalist Rubén Salazar. Clippings of articles written by him during the 1950s and ‘60s for the local newspaper, The Press Democrat, were compiled and became the root...

 
Saturday Evening Post Covers Collection

The collection consists of Saturday Evening Post covers from the late 1940's to the late 1960's, newspaper clippings about Norman Rockwell, and two scrapbooks containing Saturday Evening Post covers by Norman Rockwell. The majority of the covers are by Norman...

 
Simmons/Banta Photograph Collection

The collection is comprised of approximately 120 photographs depicting members of the Simmons family of Sonoma and Riverside counties and the Banta family of Riverside County, California. The photographs were first donated to the San Diego Genealogical Society by the...

 
Sonoma County Agriculture, Land Use and Tourism Collection

The collection, covering the years 1906 – 1915 and 1949, consists of pamphlets and ephemera focusing on agriculture production in Sonoma County, as well as land use and development, and county tourism. The greatest depth of information is on the...

 
Sonoma County Oral History Project

Twelve oral history transcripts documenting the daily lives of early Sonoma County families. The interviews took place between 1975 and 1978 as part of the Oral History Program, California State College, Sonoma, under the guidance of Professor Ed Morse.

 
Starr (Brenda) Comic Collection

Brenda Starr, Reporter debuted on June 30,1940 in the Chicago Tribune. The strip became a daily feature in October 1945. Brenda Starr was created by Dale Messick, one of the few female cartoonists of her time. Ms. Messick continued drawing...

 
Student Dissent Papers

The Student Dissent papers are a collection of materials from the library’s former pamphlet file documenting student dissent throughout the United States during the 1960s and early 1970s. The papers include original writings, reprinted journal articles, pamphlets, and bibliographies on...

 
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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...

 
Taylor (John S.) Papers

Correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, creative works and ephemera (1850-1948) created and collected by John Shackelford Taylor document the life of an early Sonoma County pioneer. Legal and financial documents form the largest portion of the collection. Approximately...

 
Tombs (Nellie M.) Papers

Collection items include Tombs diary dated 1885 through August 1887, three pieces of correspondance, a bill of sale for a slave (1848) and an insurance advertisement. The total of seven papers in the collection provide a snapshot of the life...

 
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Warner (Iva) Papers

Balancing an integrated program to maintain environmental quality along Coastal California, Iva May Warner faced nearly insurmountable odds for over a decade. Joining two former Feinstone Award (the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award, given by State University of New York) recipients,...

 
Windsor Project Oral Histories

Research materials of the 1979 Windsor, California Junior High School project to gather oral histories of longtime Windsor, California residents.

 
Woolsey (Lynn) Congressional Papers

Lynn C. Woolsey, a progressive Democrat, served as representative to the United States Congress for California's 6th congressional district. The collection is comprised of legislative research, introduced and passed bills, speeches, manuscripts, awards, and visual media documenting her years of...