Friends of the Yolo County Archives

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. Membership in Friends of the Yolo County Archives is open to all interested persons.

(More: About FYCA )

The Archives Ledger

In the latest edition of The Archives Ledger:

  • "100th Anniversary of World War I End Commemorated" by Ryan Baum, FYCA Board Member
  • "Clarksburg Residents Make Progress on Restoration of 1883 School House" by Karen Coffee, FYCA Board Member
  • "Update on Archives Renovation, December 2018" by Heather Lanctot, Archives and Records Center Coordinator
  • "Updates from the Yolo County Library" by Mark Fink, Yolo County Librarian and Chief Archivist
  • "Yolo County Stories: Memories of Marilyn Vasey" contributed by Laurie San Martin

(Read It: The Archives Ledger)

Connect with FYCA


Please support the work of the Archives and the Friends by beginning or renewing your membership.

FYCA Board Meeting

FYCA Quarterly Board Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 3:00 PM.

Yolo County Archives

Details: Board Meeting Agenda Notes from Most Recent Board Meeting


Yolo Library Report

Monthly Report--February, 2018

Mark Fink, County Librarian and Chief Archivist

  • Personnel Updates
  • Celebrate Black History Month with the Yolo County Library
  • Free Online Access to the New York Times with your Library Card
  • James and Deborah Fallows Will Be in Winters in May.

(More: Yolo Library Report)

Coming Event

Black History & Multi Cultural Heritage Celebration

On Saturday, February 9th, 2019, the 17th Annual Black History and Multi Cultural Celebration will be held at the Grange Hall in Guinda in the Capay Valley on State Highway 16 (16 miles northwest of Esparto, or 30 miles west of Woodland). Woodland's Greater Second Baptist Church will be assisting the Black History Day event's founder, Clarence van Hook, in putting on the event. The event has been expanded to be the "Black History and Multi Cultural Celebration" to include many other cultures that formed Yolo County. The day's event will start at 10:00 a.m. in Guinda. The celebration will include speakers, music and performances and exhibits. Barbecued chicken and ribs will be served. Visitors are invited to bring a side dish to share. The event is free.

Archives Renovation Update

Yolo County Archives Is Undergoing Renovation

The Yolo County Archives and Records Center will be undergoing extensive renovation between October 1, 2018 until May 1, 2019.


The Yolo County Archives is being renovated between October 2018 and May 2019 through $1.5 million dollars provided by the county. Improvements include: Replacing old shelving with compact shelving that will increase storage capacity by 20-30%, new HVAC system to improve temperature and humidity levels throughout the year, new LED lighting, improvements to the vapor barrier and building eaves to improve building insulation, upgrades to the bathrooms for ADA compliance, new furniture for the Work Room and Reading Room.

Archives Restoration - Clearing the Shelves


The shelves at the Yolo County Archives are empty! The collection has been moved into storage. The next stage of the renovation will begin.

(More: Renovation News)

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!

Philanthropy Day Honorees
Program 1
Program 2
Ryan Baum Presents Award to Mel
Mel Russell Thanks the Crowd

Recent Event

Portraits of Sacrifice Photo Exhibit

Special Opening Hours: November 10-11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Meier Administration Building, 625 Court Street, Woodland

Portraits of Sacrifice: Words and Images from the Lest We Forget Project honors the Yolo County men who lost their lives during World War I. Special exhibit hours on November 10 and 11 are from 9 am to 4 pm and include piano music from the war era and display of a rare Blue Max medal from 10:00 am to 2 pm.

In addition to the special hours, the exhibition will be on display during Gallery 625’s normal operating hours through November 2018. This exhibit is part of the Lest We Forget Project by Mel Russell and is supported by the Yolo County Library, the Yolo County Archives, Friends of the Yolo County Archives, and YoloArts.

Railroad Anniversary Celebration

Railroad Anniversary Celebration (08/25/2018)


With special thanks to Eva Spiegel for providing the photos!

Railroad Event Crowd
Anniversary Cake
Anastasia Panagakos, Francisco Castillo Jr., Lucas Frerichs, & Gloria Partida
Anastasia & Heather
Event Speakers
Sacramento Living History
FYCA Booth
Dave & Eva
Central Valley Vintage Base Ball
Gordy Ohliger
UC Davis Special Collections
Lucas Frerichs & Bob Bowen
Jim Thorne

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.

Read / Print / Download Booklet

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The Archives In Action!

Heather, Jaime, and Mural Class members

Winters History Mural Class Visits the Yolo County Archives.

Archives Coordinator Heather Lanctot presents a myriad of resources to members of the class. Jaime Montiel, professional muralist and class instructor, looks on.

Archives Staff News

Source: Yolo County Library Report--October, 2018

After an extensive search and a grueling interview process, which included stakeholders from Yolo Arts, the Yolo County Historical Museum, and the Friends of the Yolo County Archives, Iulia Bodeanu has been hired as our new full-time Museum Curator. This is a new two-year, limited-term position funded by Yolo County. In this role, Iulia will engage in the review and deaccession of the County's historical collection, oversee the proper preservation and storage of the collection, generate awareness about the collection through countywide promotional efforts, design displays and exhibits in various county locations, and coordinate volunteer efforts to assist with these efforts.

Amy Ponce has been promoted to a full-time Library Assistant I position at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, effective September 2nd. Amy has been working as a half-time Library Assistant I in the Yolo County Archives/Records Center since January 4, 2016. In her new role, Amy will focus on outreach and programming, in addition to customer service and circulation-type functions. Amy has completed coursework in Literature and Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ruby Buentello has been promoted to a half-time Library Assistant I position assigned to the Yolo County Archives/Records Center, effective September 2nd. Ruby has been working as an extra help Library Assistant I in the Archives/Records Center since February 4, 2018. Ruby will provide public service functions and assist with outreach and programming to promote the Archives/Record Center throughout Yolo County. Ruby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree from San Jose State University in Library and Information Science.

Archives Annual Report

Yolo Archives Annual Report

Heather Lanctot, Archives and Records Center Coordinator, has created the Yolo County Archives 2017 Annual Report.

Heather reports: "2017 has been a fun-filled and exciting year for the Yolo County Archives. We have had the opportunity to focus on our goals of increasing collection access and outreach to schools and school aged children. We are extremely thankful for all of the support that we have received from the community, stakeholders, Friends Board and members, and other partners. We look forward to 2018 where we hope to complete a facilities renovation and continue to pursue our efforts of collection processing and digitization. "

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 the Friends of the Yolo County Archives. She also holds the record of hours spent as a volunteer in the Archives themselves: somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,500 hours.

Joann Larkey has devoted a major portion of her time in helping preserve the histories of Davis and Winters, and one of her most recent activities led her to help create the Winters History Project. The central activity of the project is the collection and preservation of historic photos of Winters.

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

Member and Donor News

Board Notes

Read the Draft Board Notes from the August 2nd FYCA Board Meeting.


From Board President Anastasia Panagakos

We are pleased to announce that FYCA and the Yolo County Archives have been granted $1,000 from the Woodland Stroll Through History Committee for the project, "The History of Main Street and Preservation of the Woodland Homes Subject Collection." This project includes two components, a printed booklet detailing the businesses of Main Street with maps, photos, and documents; and the preservation of materials from the Woodland Homes Subject Collection which are in a state of deterioration. The work will be conducted by a paid intern and preliminary results shared at this year's Stroll Through History.

Big Day of Giving

Thanks to everyone for supporting Big Day of Giving!

A Successful Day!

Friends of the Yolo County Archives raised over $2,500.00 for the purpose of preserving and promoting Yolo County history. The funds will be used for archival supplies, internships, and professional development for Archives staff. And we look forward to sharing our projects and outreach during the next year. We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our donors.

Thanks to our members, donors, and friends!

More Archives In Action!

Beta Sigma Phi Collection

Yolo County Archives and Records Center Coordinator, Heather Lanctot, displays the Beta Sigma Phi Collection which was processed through a grant provided by the Friends of the Yolo County Archives. Each year FYCA provides grants in excess of $10,000 to the Yolo County Archives for special projects, supplies, and support staff.

4-H Members Visit the Archives

Yolo County Archives coordinator Heather Lanctot gives a special tour to Golden Valley 4-H members. The kids had some great questions about historical preservation and got to see some 4-H items stored in the Archives.

Students Study History And Cursive Writing

Yolo County archives specialist, Heather Lanctot, recently visited Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Davis. She taught the students about the important of local archives and government, including a lesson on how to transcribe Board of Supervisors meeting notes from the 1850s. The students worked hard at reading "very old" cursive writing and learned interesting facts about our county.

(More: Youth Outreach DIY History)

Recent Events

Yolo County Courthouse Centennial Celebration


Read article and see photos in the latest edition of The Archives Ledger.

2017 Yolo County Fair Exhibit

Baseball in Yolo County--Town Teams and Local Pros

The Yolo County Fair ran from August 16th through August 20th.

Bob Dunn Honored For His Service

The Friends were proud to honor Mr. Robert Dunn for his many years of service to the county archives - over a seventeen year period Bob has archived 37,482 obituaries spanning from 1850 to the present. His considerable achievement was marked with the dedication of the obituary collection in his name. Thank you Bob for your service and dedication to preserving our local history!

(More: Bob Dunn)

Thanks to Our Sponsors

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Recent News and Media Posts

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See the photo High Water, Putah Creek at the Winters Bridge, 1911. (Posts)