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The images in this collection are selected from over 26,000 historical photographs owned by Sonoma County Library. With funds provided by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, full cataloging of these images has been provided in the library's online catalog.  Most of these photographs have also been scanned in for online viewing.  

Use of these photographs from the World Wide Web is for viewing purposes only.   Any reproduction or transmission of these images is forbidden without the express written permission of the Sonoma County Library.  You may seek permission from:

Anthony Hoskins
Genealogy and Local History Library
Sonoma County Library
211 E St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

High-quality photographic reproductions are also available.

Reproductions: Click here for ordering information.

Sampler: Click on each image below to view a larger version.

Browsing: Visit Sonoma County Heritage Collections to flip through albums of our photo and map collections.

Searching: Use the library catalog Advanced Search to search for more pictures. Try using the name of a person, town, or building as the title or subject. Select "Photograph" in the Limits section, to restrict your search to pictures only.


Thomas Edison and Luther Burbank.
Santa Rosa : 1915.
Notes: Additional copy owned by Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa, Calif., photo number P-I-F-2.
Subjects: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 -- Portraits. Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 -- Portraits.

Edison and Burbank


A paddle steamer on the Petaluma River south of Petaluma.

Petaluma : 1900.
Subjects: Paddle steamers -- California -- Petaluma. Petaluma River (Calif.)

Paddle Steamer

Hop pickers and vines.
Windsor : 1896?
Notes: Beedie collection.
Subjects: Hop pickers.
Hop Pickers

Library and City Hall.
Healdsburg : California State Library 1890
Notes: View is oriented toward the Library. Four men and a dog on the corner. Woman in carriage. Also owned by Healdsburg Museum Box 5 City buildings.
Subjects: Healdsburg Public Library (Healdsburg, Calif.) City halls -- California -- Healdsburg.
Healdsburg City Hall and Library

Jack London with his horse.
Glen Ellen: 1915.
Subjects: London, Jack, 1876-1916 -- Portraits.
Charmian London

Fourth Street and the Courthouse decorated for the Fourth of July.
Santa Rosa: 1889.
Historical Data: Horse drawn rail cars are visible on Fourth Street and Exchange Avenue.
Subjects: Parades -- California -- Santa Rosa. Fourth of July celebrations -- California -- Santa Rosa. Horse railroads -- California -- Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Fourth of July

Blake's Ice Cream Parlor.
Guerneville : 1912.
Notes: Additional copy owned by Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif., photo number 89.30.22.
Historical Data: Located on 4th St. near Fife Creek.
Subjects: Blake's Ice Cream Parlor (Guerneville, Calif.) Ice cream parlors -- California -- Guerneville.
Blake's Ice Cream Parlor

Elizabeth Guerne with Marie Louise and Julia (on lap).
Guerneville : 1872.
Notes: Marie Louise born 1865, Julia born 1870
Subjects: Guerne family.

Elizabeth Guerne and Children

Elsie Allen and Annie Burke with Pomo basket display.
Ukiah : 1956.
Historical Data: Annie Burke is mother of Elsie Allen.
Subjects: Allen, Elsie Comanche, 1899-1990. Burke, Annie. Pomo baskets.
Elsie Allen and Baskets

Northwestern Pacific Depot, Petaluma, Calif.
Petaluma: 1912?
Historical Data: Located at Lakeville Street between Washington and East D Streets. Built in 1912.
Subjects: Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company -- California -- Sonoma County. Historic buildings -- California -- Petaluma. Railroad stations -- California -- Petaluma. Lakeville Street (Petaluma, Calif.)
Petaluma Depot

Portrait of an unidentified chief engineer, Santa Rosa Fire Department.
Santa Rosa: 1900?
Subjects: Santa Rosa (Calif.). Fire Dept. Portraits -- California -- Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa Fireman

Robert Ripley's De Soto "6".
Santa Rosa : 1932.
Subjects: Ripley, Robert Le Roy, 1893-1949 -- Homes and haunts. Ayers, David. Ayers, Lemuel. Gray, Donald.
Ripleys DeSoto

Earthquake ruins of Sonoma County Court House dome.
Santa Rosa : 1906.
Notes: Workers with shovels in midst of rubble.
Subjects: Sonoma County Courthouse (Santa Rosa, Calif.) Earthquakes -- California -- Santa Rosa.
1906 Earthquake Damage in Santa Rosa

A Sebastopol baseball team portrait.
Sebastopol: 1920?
Subjects: Baseball -- California -- Sebastopol. African American baseball players -- California -- Sebastopol. Portraits, Group -- California -- Sebastopol.
Sonoma City Hall


Boys dressed as chickens pulling an egg float in front of Fritsch home
Petaluma, 1923?
Historical Data: Home of J.R. Fritsch located at 125 Liberty.
Subjects: Fritsch, J. R. -- Homes and haunts. Butter and Egg Days (Petaluma, Calif.) Parade floats -- California -- Petaluma.

Buys in Parade

Rustic summer residence in Asti, Cal.
Asti: 1890.
Historical Data: Summer residence of the Rossi family at corner of Asti Road and Washington School Road.
Subjects: Rossi family -- Homes and haunts. Historic buildings -- California -- Asti. Asti (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
Asti Summer Home
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