We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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Collections

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Over 250 manuscripts are housed in the Historical Society’s Archives. Since 1919, the founding year of the Historical Society, the Society has collected the personal papers of individuals, families, businesses and organizations from Fresno County...
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From the imposing stature of a twelve-foot redwood statue to a sturdy wooden butter bowl and paddle. From a delicate baby’s christening gown to the symmetrical beauty of a Mono Indian basket. Objects help us tell people’s...
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The photographs, over 30,000 images, housed in the Fresno Historical Society Archives reflect Fresno County and regional history from the earliest times to the present. The photographs show the growth and development of the Central Valley, its people,...
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The mission of the Oral History collection is to document the history of Fresno County and the Central Valley region through oral history interviews. In addition to interviews conducted by its own staff and volunteers, the Historical Society accepts...
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The Archives’ largest newspaper clipping collection (over 250,000 entries) is the creation of Ben R. Walker – a Fresno historian, newspaperman, professor, and founding president of the Historical Society. Information in the files dates from...
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The Archives’ extensive collection of published materials includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspaper clipping files, sheet music, maps and atlases related to Fresno County and Central California regional history. The materials also include...
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Ephemera are paper documents produced for a short, transitory life -- an item produced for a specific purpose and normally intended for disposal. The definition of ephemera comes to us from the Greek ‘epi’ (about) and ‘hermeris’...