Friends of the Yolo County Archives

About FYCA

The Archives Preserves The Past And Saves Our Stories.

Friends of the Yolo County Archives (FYCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose purpose is to support the services, staff, and facilities of the Yolo County Archives.

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Reopening in July

YCARC Coordinator Heather Lanctot reports:

"The Yolo County Archives facility renovation is in the home stretch, and we are looking forward to opening back up to the public for appointments starting the week of July 15th."

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River Cats!

Join the Board of the Friends of the Yolo County Archives for an evening with the Sacramento River Cats at the annual membership meeting event on Saturday, August 10, at Raley Field.

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FYCA Quarterly Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

10:00 AM - Noon

Davis Branch Library

315 E. 14th St., Davis


The Archives Ledger

In the latest edition:

  • The Archives will reopen in July
  • Lana retires from FYCA Board
  • "Historias de Familias Project"
  • "Memories of the Slater Family"
  • Election news

Read it: The Archives Ledger


Thanks to Our Donors!

We think our Big Day of Giving donors deserve a parade! Thank you for helping us raise over $1,700.00 to preserve and promote Yolo County history. We look forward to sharing our projects and outreach this next year.


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Archives Team!

Women make history and they preserve it too! Thanks to Marta Knight, Heather Lanctot, Iulia Bodeanu, and Ruby Buentello for all of their work in preserving Yolo County's rich history!


Archives Report

Heather Lanctot, Archives and Records Center Coordinator, has created the Yolo County Archives 2018 Annual Report.

Heather reports: "In 2018, the Archives tackled a number of projects and juggled the uncertainties of a renovation project. . . ."

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July Library Report

  • Archives Reopening
  • Facility Renaming
  • Personnel Updates
  • Esparto Library News
  • Winters Library News
  • Winters Teaching Garden
  • Clarksburg Library News
  • 2018-19 Accomplishments

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June Library Report

  • Goals and Strategies 2019-20
  • Personnel Updates
  • Summer Reading Program
  • June is Pride Month
  • Juneteenth Celebration
  • "I SEE YOU" Art Exhibit

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Renaming the Center

With the renovation of the Yolo County Archives nearly complete we are honored to share the news of the building's renaming to the Shipley Walters Center for the Yolo County Archives and Library Services. Along with Mary Stephens-DeWall, Shipley Walters helped establish the Yolo County Archives and us, the Friends of the Yolo County Archives.


Looking Back

Unquestionably, no two other people have done more to preserve the history of Yolo County than Shipley Walters and Joann Larkey. Although the collaborative history of the county that they published in 1987 may represent the centerpiece of their contributions, it is only one in a long list of the major works that they have authored on the history of this county.

And in addition to their impressive list of books and articles, they have also devoted countless hours of personal time in helping promote the work of major organizations dedicated to the preservation of Yolo County's history.

Shipley Walters worked with former County Librarian Mary Stephens DeWall in establishing the Archives and then went on to form Friends of the Yolo County Archives. . . .

More: Looking Back--2015 Archives Ledger Article by Ted Smith


Recent Events

Philanthropy Day Honorees

Philanthropy Day 2018

The Friends of the Yolo County Archives honored Mel Russell at Yolo Community Foundation's 2018 Philanthropy Day Celebration for her dedicated work on the Lest We Forget Project. Congratulations to Mel and to all of the honorees!

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Portraits of Sacrifice Photo Exhibit

Portraits of Sacrifice: Words and Images from the Lest We Forget Project honored the Yolo County men who lost their lives during World War I.

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Railroad Anniversary Celebration

Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad in Davisville (08/25/2018)

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Woodland's Main Street Life

"Woodland's Main Street Life: Community & Commerce 1884-1930" was researched and designed by Michelle Trujillo for the Yolo County Archives. The booklet brings to life several businesses and individuals who made downtown Woodland a vibrant and diverse community that is preserved not only in the historic structures but kept alive through the accounts of success, tragedy, and perseverance. Michelle Trujillo is working towards an M.A. in Public History at Sacramento State University. Project funding was provided by Friends of the Yolo County Archives through a grant by the Woodand Stroll Through History.

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