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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Volunteer in the Archives

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Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling the Historical Society Archives mission of serving as a research center for the study of the Fresno County and San Joaquin Valley history. The work of organizing and describing historical material housed in the Archives is advanced through the participation of volunteers. Volunteers 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 historical research, and play an important role in preserving the Valley’s remarkable history. Volunteers are integral to the operation of the Archives.

Archivies volunteer duties may include:

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

2. Processing collections and creating finding aids

3. Digitizing photographs and documents

4. Inventorying archival storage areas

5. Assisting with special research and education projects

Archivist Katy Hogue provides orientation, training and supervision for all volunteers. Archives volunteers must be available to commit to working a minimum of 3-4 hours/week Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 15 lbs., able to climb stairs, and have their own transportation. 

If you are interested in volunteering in the Fresno Historical Society Archives, please fill out our Volunteer Application

Last Updated Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:35 AM.