Friends of the Yolo County Archives

The Archives Preserves Our History and Saves Our Stories.

The Yolo County Archives is the official repository for the historical records of Yolo County. It also houses collections from private donors and organizations that reflect the County's history from 1850.

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Archives Reopens!

Archives and Records Center Coordinator Heather Lanctot is extremely happy to announce that the Shipley Walters Center for Yolo County Archives and Library Services is open!

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Save the Date!

Friday, September 27th, 10 A.M.

Plan to celebrate the renovation and dedication of the Shipley Walters Center for Yolo County Archives and Library Services. An official press release with event details will be coming soon!

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The Hours

The Yolo County Archives is open by appointment on Tuesday from 9 AM to 1 PM and on Thursday from 12 PM to 4 PM. Call 530-666-8010 to set up an appointment.

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The Location

The Yolo County Archives is located in the Shipley Walters Center for Yolo County Archives and Library Services at 226 Buckeye Street in Woodland.

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The 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!

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About FYCA

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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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

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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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FYCA Quarterly Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - Noon
  • Davis Branch Library
  • 315 E. 14th St., Davis

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Membership

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

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Connect with FYCA

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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

More: July Library Report

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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

More: June Library Report

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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.

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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

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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!

More: Philanthropy Day

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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.

More: Portraits of Sacrifice

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Railroad Anniversary Celebration

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

More: Railroad Celebration

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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.

Read / Print / Download Booklet

Download Booklet Now

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Connect with FYCA

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Membership

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

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