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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Oral History Collections

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African Americans in the Central Valley, 2004-2005The African American experience in the Central Valley is explored through stories of longtime residents and community elders.  Subjects include:  African American migration to the Central...
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Oral Histories 1964 – 1978The Fresno Historical Society houses a collection of oral histories recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. These recordings contain some rare memories, such as one woman’s vivid description of the 1895 Fresno Courthouse...
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Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1983 In 2001, the Fresno County Farm Bureau donated copies of 28 taped oral histories recorded in 1983.  These oral histories contain reminiscences from some of the leading pioneer farmers in this region. Voices of...