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About the Collections

The North Bay Digital Collections feature resources from the Library's Special Collections. Sonoma State University Library now provides digital access to selected archival and historical materials related to the region north of San Francisco known as the North Bay. The Library offers this service in support of student learning, scholarship, and community interests. Collections include photographs, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera. Here are our current and future digital collections.

Camp Amache

The Camp Amache Digital Collection features photographs of daily life at the Amache Relocation Center in Colorado, home to over 7,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The descriptions of the images were created by Robert Y. Fuchigami, a retired professor of Education at Sonoma State University who created a display binder of photographs (The Granada Relocation Project) taken in the camp and descriptive information about camp life. The notebook is part of the Amache Digital Collection. The original images can be viewed by appointment.

Earthquake of 1906

The Earthquake of 1906 Digital Collection draws together photographs and correspondence from various Special Collections.

Environmental History

The Environmental History Digital Collection represents an ongoing effort to gather documents, photographs, clippings, and ephemera relating to the pioneering role Sonoma County and northern California played, and continues to play, in actively addressing environmental issues. Particular emphasis is on coastal protection and public access but many other areas are represented. The collection consists of Sonoma State University Library materials as well as materials contributed by faculty, students and community members. Related materials may be found in the Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection.

Gaye LeBaron

The Gaye LeBaron Digital Collection includes materials selected from the Gaye LeBaron Collection, a special collection held in the University Library. Digital objects include letters, photographs and newspaper columns that chronicle the history of the region. New objects are added each week. Printed versions of these images can be viewed by appointment. To view LeBaron newspaper columns from 1995 to the present, go to The Press Democrat website. More about the Gaye LeBaron Collection.

Lime Kiln

The Lime Kiln Digital Collection is comprised of 16 photographs of lime kiln ruins in northern and central California. Historical and technical context is provided by photographer, David Dawson. A link to e-thesis "Lime Light", by Karin Goetter, is included.

Modini Ranch Journals 

The Modini Ranch Journals Digital Collection showcases journals and ledgers handwritten by James (Jim) Lawrence Modini, gifted to Sonoma State University Library by Audubon Canyon Ranch. Jim Modini was a Sonoma County native who lived at Pine Flat Road Ranch with his wife Shirley from World War II until his death in 2011. In 2000, the Modinis worked with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to designate their land as “forever wild”. In 2009, they donated the property to Audubon Canyon Ranch, a land conservation group that manages preserves in Sonoma and Marin counties. Jim Modini documented life on his northern California ranch for almost 70 years, from 1935 until 2005.

North Bay Historic Preservation

The images in the North Bay Historic Preservation Digital Collection constitute an important chronicle of local buildings and represent a significant piece of the region's social, cultural, and anthropological history dating from the mid-1800s. The photographs were taken in the 1970's by Sonoma State University students enrolled in the Historic Preservation Program, part of the University's History Department. This digital collection is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Any approved use of this material should credit the funding source. The original images can be viewed by appointment

Roy Maxwell Talbot

Photographs, artifacts, and documents from the private collection of Roy Maxwell Talbot related to his long and eventful career in China as a Chinese Maritime Customs Service official (1908-1942). He retired to Berkeley, California in the 1940s.


Searches can be performed within a single collection by clicking the "advanced search" tab and de-selecting all but the desired collection(s). Search across multiple collections by using the search box in the upper left corner of screen. To view every item in a collection, select the collection from the drop-down list and click "go".

Citing Collections

To cite these collections, go to the Special Collection Citation Guide

To use materials for publication or in any manner other than personal research, read Rights & Reproductions and contact the Library for more information. Copyright restrictions and fees may apply.

Technical Notes

Photographs and documents are scanned from originals, whenever possible, and archived as 300 dpi TIFF files. JPEG derivations are then uploaded to the web. Selected newspaper articles are uploaded as PDF files and may have been adjusted with Adobe Photoshop to fit a printed page. North Bay Digital Collections are powered by CONTENTdm® software.

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