Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Accessing the Archives

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Society's ongoing archives and collections reorganization, and our small staff, only a limited amount of focused research requests will be accepted. Please email your research requests to archives@valleyhistory.org. It may take 3-4 weeks before we can get an answer back to your request. Please visit our Research Services page for research fees and research payment requirements.


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

 

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The Fresno Historical Society Archives welcomes the use of its collections. The mission of an Archives includes two equally important components. In addition to providing access to primary source material for study and research, an Archives is a repository that is charged with the preservation of primary source materials of all kinds. This part of the mission encompasses:

  Preservation:   action taken to anticipate, prevent, stop or retard deterioration
  Conservation:  the maintenance of each item in the collection in a usable condition

The Historical Society Archives works to make accessible and preserve our collections, and we have established policies and procedures to protect our holdings for the future.

 

Access

 

  • Researchers have access to the holdings of the Historical Society Archives by appointment only. The archivist will schedule your appointment after a research interview.
  • Appointment schedule:
    • Tuesday -- Thursday
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Research appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance. On a case-by-case basis, the archivist is willing to accommodate a researcher’s schedule (for example an out-of-town researcher). Please click here for directions to the Historical Society offices at Kearney Park.
  • Archival materials are retrieved by Archives staff. One of the reasons for an in-depth research interview before an appointment is to enable the Archives staff to gather all materials relevant to the researcher’s needs. Collections are stored in three locations and must be brought in to the reading room.
  • Fragile materials and unprocessed collections may not be available for research use.
  • Photocopying is subject to restrictions based on size and physical condition of the item. All duplication of materials is performed by staff.
  • Each researcher is required to fill out a Research Registration Form.
  • Please sign the Researcher Guest Book each time you visit the Archives.

 

Reading Room Policies

 

  • Currently the Historical Society has one reading room for all public research. Please note that we can only accommodate two adults. There are no children allowed in the reading room.
  • We have limited electrical outlets. Please bring battery power and any other electronic equipment you may need for your computer. Scanners, cameras, camera phones and video cameras are not allowed.
  • To protect the collections, no pens, food or drink are allowed in the reading room. If your appointment will extend into the afternoon session, please ask staff about lunch options before arriving for your appointment.
  • You will be asked to place briefcases, backpacks, coats, and any other outside gear in a designated area. Staff will provide you with a pencil and pad of paper. You may use a laptop computer with proper precautions.


Collections Policies

 

  • Our collections do not circulate and no materials may leave the Archives.
  • Please read and observe the Policies of the Archives. By signing the Researcher Registration form, you agree to observe these rules, which have been established to safeguard our collections.
  • Photography and scanning are not allowed.
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