The images in this collection have been drawn from the archives of the Sonoma County Historical Society, which were reproduced by the Sonoma County Library and form a significant component of the Library's image collection. The SCHS Collection chronicles many aspects of Sonoma County life, including many images of people, places and events in western Sonoma County area from the late 1800s through the 1950s, collected by Occidental historian, Harry Lapham. The collection is part of the Sonoma County Local History & Culture.
The Sonoma County Historical Society has been working to preserve our rich historical heritage since 1962. The Society has taken a leadership role in:
- The preservation of historic structures, the fragile and irreplaceable reminders of our past, that would otherwise not be saved for future generations
- The publication of unique books and articles about regional history
- Efforts with other historical societies, museums, and libraries in the county to share resources and work towards preservation of our regional heritage