The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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Research Services

Picnic at Huntington Lake, Huntington Lake Lodge Photograph Album, circa 1915. Fresno Historical Society Archives

 

PLEASE NOTE: Between October 6 and October 26,2014  our staff is involved with our largest fundraiser, the Civil War Revisited. We are unable to take research requests, book researcher appoinments or take photo orders during that time. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact us after October 26, and we will be happy to serve you. 

 

Further Research Suggestions:

You may wish to contact the following repository. They may be able to give you further suggestions on research sources:

 

The Fresno County Public Library, Central Branch.

The San Joaquin Valley Heritage & Genealogy Center (located on the 2nd floor)        

Fresno County Public Library

2420 Mariposa Street

Fresno, CA  93721-2285

(559) 600-6230

Website: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/heritage/

Email: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/heritage/email.html

 

Obituary Requests

For obituaries from 1922 to the present, contact Reference Services of the Fresno County Library. The reference department has microfilm copies of the Fresno Bee and may be able to do a look up. It is customary to send a small donation to the Library (about $10.00) for this service.

The Fresno County Public Library

Central Branch

Reference Department

2420 Mariposa Street

Fresno, CA  93721

559-600-7323

Website: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/ref/refdep.html

Email form: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/ref/webref.html

 

The Fresno Historical Society Archives offers research to serve a broad range of subjects including family history and genealogy, historic structures, ethnic groups, organizations, business and local government history. The Historical Society is a non-profit organization, and the following research fees are for staff time, cost of copies to assist researchers in their projects and to continue funding the preservation of our collection.

For members of the Historical Society please see Members’ Fees. 

 

Research Fees

For those researchers unable to visit us in person, we offer a Research for Fee service. Staff will search available sources and provide you with an emailed/written report of the findings.

• Telephone, email and written requests - $20 per hour; commercial fee $30 per hour

• All research service requests must be pre-paid (miniumun one-hour charge). See Payment below for address to mail payment.

• Includes up to 5 black/white photocopies or 2 color copies

• Additional photocopies at $ .25 each (black & white), $1.00 each for color.

• Postage: An additional $6.00 for Certified U.S. Mail with return receipt postcard. (Charge may increase depending on weight of materials. Researcher will be contacted.)

 

E-mail Research Requests

Send an email to archives@valleyhistory.org  with a description of the information you need, plus your address and phone number. Information on research fees above.

 

Photograph Research

The Historical Society holds over 30,000 photographs in its collections. Most are available for photographic reproduction for personal display or publication. Fees for businesses, professional firms, and commercial organizations requesting in-depth photo research may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

• $30 per hour, charged in one-hour increments. We will notify you if research time is required and provide an estimate.

 

Members’ Fees

• Historical Society members receive up to one hour of research time at no charge. Additional research hours at $10 per hour.

• 10% discount on final reproduction order (photocopies or photographs). 

 

Payment

All research service requests must be pre-paid (minimum one hour charge). Once the Archives receives payment, your research will be placed into the workflow. (Research questions are answered in the order in which they are received.) Generally, research requests are completed in three to four weeks. Researcher will be contacted if requests will take longer than one month. You may authorize up to 5 hours of research to complete your request. If we feel your request will take more time than you have authorized, we will contact you.

Mailing address for service request payments: Fresno Historical Society, Attn: Archives, 7160 W. Kearney Blvd., Fresno, CA 93706 

 

Delivery and Postage

All research requests will be answered through the mail or email. Payment of $6.00 for Certified U.S. Mail (with return receipt postcard) is required. Charge may increase depending on weight of materials. Researcher will be contacted.

 

Completion of Research Request

Research requests are filled in three to four weeks after receipt of payment. Researcher will be contacted if request will take longer than one month. 

 

         Obituary Requests  1922 - present

For obituaries from 1922 to the present, contact Reference Services of the Fresno County Library. The reference department has microfilm copies of the Fresno Bee and may be able to do a search. It is customary to send a small donation to the Library (about $10.00) for this service.

The Fresno County Public Library, Central Branch, Reference Department. 2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA  93721. (559) 600-7323

Website: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/ref/refdep.html  

Email form: http://www.fresnolibrary.org/ref/webref.html  

 

Questions

Contact us at archives@valleyhistory.org 

Last Updated Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 02:27 PM.