DONATING TO THE COLLECTION

Since its founding in 1919, the Historical Society has been committed to building a research repository that holds primary source material that helps tell the diverse story of the San Joaquin Valley. Most of our collections are dated between 1848 and 1960, which include the pioneer days of the late nineteenth century through the development of Fresno County and the City of Fresno in the early twentieth century. Our strongest collections are from civic and community leaders, as well as businesses and organizations. Society members and friends play an essential role in expanding the Archives’ resources and always have.

 

If you have historical material that you are interested in donating to the Fresno County Historical Society Archives please contact us by calling the Archivist at (559) 441-0862 or email: archives@valleyhistory.org. Please provide a detailed description of the materials, including photographs if possible. All donations are subject to review by the Collections Committee.

 

Please note - the Society cannot accept the donation of unsolicited items through the mail or in person. 

HELP FUND AN ARCHIVAL PROJECT

The Fresno County Historical Society is responsible for the care and preservation of thousands of images, documents and objects of historical significance.  

The Society has protected these items for decades.  As we enter the organization's second century it is time to upgrade our facility with 21st century climate control, lighting and security. 

Your support now will help to improve the housing for our vast collection and will ensure that the story of our past will live on for future generations to learn from and enjoy. 

When making your donation please leave us a comment about your reason for donating to the Fresno County Historical Society to help encourage others to follow your good example. 

Thank you!

BE AN ARCHIVES VOLUNTEER

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Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling the Fresno County Historical Society's mission of preserving and sharing our extensive Archives and serving as a research center for the study of Fresno County and San Joaquin Valley history. The work of organizing and describing material housed in the Archives is advanced through the participation of volunteers who take on a variety of projects requiring many different talents and skills. These volunteers have the opportunity to interact with our staff, gain proficiency in research and play an important role in cataloging our Valley’s remarkable history. Volunteers are integral to the operation of the Archives.

Archives volunteer duties may include:

1. Conducting historical research and writing about collections or other local history topics

2. Processing collections

3. Creating finding aids

4. Digitizing photographs and documents

5. Inventorying and cleaning archival storage areas 

6. Assisting with special research and education projects

Archives volunteers must be available to commit to working a minimum of 4 hours/week Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 20 lbs., able to climb stairs, and have their own transportation. 

RESEARCH

EXHIBITIONS

FRESNO CITY HALL CASES

The Fresno County Historical Society regularly curates exhibitions in display cases at Fresno City Hall located at 2600 Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93721.

Two cases can be found in the first floor lobby and two cases are located in the Mayor's Office in the same building. 

Each installation seeks to share a unique time in the history of our region.  They highlight the individuals, innovations and personal stories that have made the Central Valley what it is today. 

The following exhibitions are currently on view in the Fresno City Hall Cases: 

 

Fresno County's Italian Heritage 

Cases feature photographs and ephemera of Italian immigrants who settled in Fresno County early in the 20th century.  These cases provide an a glimpse of the larger collection of objects and stories that will make up the Italian Heritage display at Fresno's History Museum located on the grounds of the Big Fresno Fair. The complete Italian Heritage collection will open in October 2020. 

Fresno's Early Mayors: Perspectives From the Past  

Featuring portraits, campaign material and candid photos of the City's first nine mayors serving from 1901 to 1937.   A full exhibition of photos and history will be on view at the Kearney Mansion Museum Gallery until April 30, 2020. 

GALLERY AT KEARNEY

In December 2019 the Fresno Historical Society opened a Gallery Space on the first floor of the Servants Quarters at the Kearney Mansion Museum.  The Galley features exhibitions that tell the story of our region through photographs and objects housed in the Society's archives and in conjunction with partner organizations from throughout Fresno County.

Exhibitions change quarterly.  The Gallery is open for viewing as part of the Kearney Mansion Museum Tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm. 

Fresno County Historical Society 

Located inside Kearney Park 
7160 West Kearney Boulevard 
Fresno, CA 93706

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO COVID-19

Offices Hours:
Tuesday through Friday 

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For general inquiries: 

info@valleyhistory.org

t. 559-441-0862

Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO COVID-19

Weekend Guided Tours held on
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at
1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. 

Private Group Tours for ten or more are available with advance reservations.

Closed on select holidays and for exhibition installations.

Weekend Guided Tour schedule is subject to change without notice. 

Archives 

Access to the Fresno County Historical Society Archives is available by appointment only. 

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO COVID-19

Research requests should be emailed to:
archives@valleyhistory.org 
 

Requests may take up to 14 days to process.