Friends of the Yolo County Archives

Recent Special Events

Preserving Perseverance

Japanese American Community of Winters
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Learn about the perseverance of the Japanese American community of Winters and how that history is being preserved.

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As part of the 2021 Sacramento Archives Crawl, and in partnership with the Yolo County Archives, Floyd Shimomura presented on his research into the Japanese American community of Winters, California. He was joined by Emily Masuda who discussed her efforts to preserve this history as a teacher and creative writer. Their presentation explored findings from archives, museums, and online databases to reveal information about the Winters Japanese School, genealogy, wonderful treasures from family collections, and the redress movement. The presentation was facilitated and moderated by Yolo County Archives Coordinator Heather Lanctot. It was recorded on Friday, October 8th.

The Archives Ledger

The Archives Ledger is the quarterly newsletter published by Friends of the Yolo County Archives.

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The current edition includes the following:

  • Five Years at the Yolo County Archives (Heather Lanctot)

  • Archives Updates: New Yolo County Collections Online Database, Archives Awarded $22,500 Grant (Heather Lanctot)

  • Emily Hoppin: Her Peak Years -- 1903-1915 (Shirley DicKard)

  • Emily Hoppin Series: Author Q & A with Shirley DicKard

  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Exhibit Update (Mel Russell)

  • Yolo County Historical Collection: Curator’s Report (Iulia Bodeanu)

  • History as a Web of Our Common Heritage (Ryan Baum)

  • Event Summary: Knowledge@Noon: Re-Indigenizing Culture (Danica Magana)

  • Yolo County Archives, Records Center and Historical Collection Goals, Strategies and Accomplishments (Mark Fink)

  • Coming Event: Woodland Stroll Through History--Saturday, October 2

  • Coming Event: Sacramento Archives Crawl--Sunday, October 3 through Saturday, October 9

  • FYCA Association Business (Anastasia Panagakos)

Read: The Archives Ledger

Yolo County Archives

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

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The Yolo County Historical Collection is comprised of 11,000 objects which date from the 1830s to the 1930s. Iulia Bodeanu is Yolo County’s first Museum Curator and works under the Yolo County Library.

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  • Outreach and Community

  • Collections and Research

  • Axiell Database News

  • Yolo Historical Collection

  • and more. . .

Read: Archives Report

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Friends of the Yolo County Archives

Thank You!

Thank you to the 41 donors who helped us raise $3,031 for the Yolo County Archives! These funds will be used for staff professional development, archival supplies, and extra-help hours. Thank you for supporting the preservation of local history!

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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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Membership

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

The Yolo County Archives

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 A 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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Friends of the Yolo County Archives

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  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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  • Draft Agenda (TBD)

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Membership

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Great News for YCHC!

Yolo County Board of Supervisors Approves and Funds a Full-Time, Permanent Museum Curator to Oversee the Yolo County Historical Collection.

County Librarian Mark Fink reports:

"Since 2018, Iulia Bodeanu has served as the County’s Museum Curator for a term that was limited to three years. However, due to the renewed community interest in the Yolo County Historical Collection, as well as Iulia’s great work in organizing, assessing, promoting, and caring for the collection, the Board of Supervisors approved our request to make this a fulltime, permanent position.

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"The mission of the Yolo County Historical Collection is to both illustrate the cultural and economic growth of the individuals and families of Yolo County and create a bridge between Yolo County’s past and present through education, outreach, and exhibition of its historical objects.

"As our County’s Museum Curator, Iulia will continue to work closely with the Yolo County Library and Archives and YoloArts to ensure the care and interpretation of Yolo County History. There are other history, art and culture organizations that support and contribute to the changing cultural landscape through partnership.

"In collaboration with these partners, the Iulia has developed a five year strategic plan for the Yolo County Historical Collection.

"The main areas of focus will be to:

  • Preserve Yolo County’s historical heritage by collecting, identifying, preserving, organizing, interpreting, and providing access to collection items that are displayed for the public through exhibitions that highlight diverse narratives.

  • Provide adequate facilities and enclosures for objects to ensure preservation in accordance with accepted standards of museum practice.

  • Deliver equitable access and research assistance for the Yolo County community and promote the use and appreciation of the YCHC through education, outreach, and display.

  • Collaborate with local, statewide, and federal historical agencies to network, share resources, programming strengths, and to promote and develop the collection.

  • Support local ethnic communities in their work to identify, preserve, and promote their unique cultural histories and identities."

Woodland History Program

Creating Neighborhoods in Historic Woodland


A talk by Jim Lapsley, President of the Woodland Stroll Through History, and the Yolo County Archives and Library celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Woodland.

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Today, 150 years after Woodland became a City, there are few vacant lots and homes are expensive. But the historic city of Woodland covered about 700 acres and had only 2000 people. Most of the land was held in parcels of 5 to 40 acres, with individual wells, large gardens, cows and horses, and barns on each parcel. As population increased, land owners subdivided their parcels into residential lots, which they sold to individuals, and deeded land to the city for streets. In order to do so, they created plat maps of their property and made “additions” to the City of Woodland, which were recorded and became legal documents

In the process, these additions became neighborhoods. The timing of the additions and subsequent building of houses helps to explain why Victorians may be found on one side of a street, and bungalows are found on the other side. This talk reviews the creation of additions to the original City of Woodland, from before Woodland became a self-governing city in 1871 through the 1920s. It does not showcase every addition—there isn’t time for that—but explains how Woodland was divided up and introduces how additions help explain neighborhoods and architecture.


Jim Lapsley's talk is available on the Yolo County Library's YouTube page: https://youtu.be/6nr1aPlVAfE.

Recent Programs

Message from the Yolo County Library and Archives

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our two virtual presentations for Women’s History Month! We appreciate your continued support of Yolo County history. If you missed the presentations, they are now available on the Yolo County Library’s YouTube channel.

Emily Hoppin: A Discussion with Shirley DicKard

Emily Hoppin: A discussion of the life, work, and research from previously unpublished family stories and personal scrapbook of Yolo's pioneer activist, Emily Hoppin. Shared by her great-granddaughter, Shirley Jensen DicKard, author of Heart Wood: Four Women, for the Earth, for the Future – the historical fiction novel inspired by the life of Emily Hoppin.

Warriors: Women of Yolo County and the Struggle for Suffrage--A Talk by Mel Russell


The first decade of the 20th century was a time of great social and cultural upheaval for women in the United States with the pursuit for equality paramount within the agenda. This talk will examine the California Campaign for Women's Suffrage as seen through the experience of the women of Yolo. Using images and newspaper articles from the era we will look at how Yolo women were finally able to mobilize and organize a "full on" campaign against all odds, culminating in the 1911 passage of Senate Constitutional Amendment #8, the “Right to Vote for Women."

A New Digital Presentation!

Unsung Heroines of Yolo County

Thanks to support from the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee, we can watch this newly digitized talk by Shipley Walters from the Yolo County Archives Collection.

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Thanks to support from the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee, we can watch this newly digitized talk by Shipley Walters from the Yolo County Archives Collection.

In her talk, titled “Unsung Heroines of Yolo County,” Shipley talks about some of the previously unknown women from Yolo County’s past. “Most of them [these women] do not appear in our local histories; some of them are unknown outside the county.”

As she learned about these Yolo County women she “came to appreciate the truth in what [she once] heard Merline Williams, a lecturer in American Studies at UCD, say one time: ‘Women have shaped history through community building. Women perceive a community need, meet informally, raise funds and build an orphanage or establish a Camp Fire Girl group, and when it's big enough to be institutionalized, men become the board of directors and it enters history. At that point women become volunteers or members of the auxiliary."

The women discussed in this presentation include: Isadora Solano, Margaret McDowell Taylor, Jane Zimmerman Morris, Leila Hecke Hardy, Matilda McCord, Harriett Stoddard Lee, Mary Frances Nicholson Gaither, Kathleen McConnell, Ella Childers Doster, Ruth Charlotte Risdon Storer, Mary Alice Morris, Sally Huston, Emily Hoppin, Lydia Lawhead, Jenny Drummond Lillard Reed, and Evelyn Holland.

Digital Gems

Links to Four Digital Gems


In her "Archives Updates" article, Heather Lanctot, Archives and Record Center Coordinator, shares four wonderful digital gems from the collection, three audio and one video. Give each of these a listen or look.

New Video Tour of the Archives

The hardworking Yolo County Archives staff produced a video tour of the Archives for the 2020 Sacramento Archives Crawl.

New Video from the Archives

The Yolo County Archives staff produced this special "Anniversaries and Celebrations" video for the 2020 Sacramento Archives Crawl.

New Equipment at the Archives

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New Large-format Scanner

The Yolo County Archives has a new large-format scanner!

This new scanner is an important addition to preserving our county history as it will allow over-sized ledgers and maps to be digitized and made more accessible to the public.

Video: Renovation Completed

The Yolo County Archives is open and ready for business! This video slideshow highlights the newly renovated Archives and is composed of photos taken by Archives and Records Center Coordinator Heather Lanctot.

Event: Lest We Forget Talk

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Food Will Win the War

Mel Russell presented her latest research for the Lest We Forget project - “Food Will Win the War” - detailing the astounding amount of agricultural products supplied by Yolo County to the war effort including livestock for meat and wool, wheat, rice, horses, and canned fruit. Mel described the pervasiveness of food conservation through civic organizations, schools, churches, and libraries. It was a local source of pride that school children had planted over 1,000 gardens in the county to help the war effort. Women were the heart and soul of the conservation and food production efforts, not only filling in for the severe labor shortage caused by over 900 Yolo County men going to war, but also leading the way in canning and preserving food.

Shipley Walters Honored

Shipley Walters, center, is congratulated by her son, David Walters, and her daughter, Leslie Tuomi, for receiving the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s Historic Preservation Medal. (Courtesy photo: Davis Enterprise)

Yolo County woman awarded Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Medal

Shipley Walters received the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s Historic Preservation Medal in a socially-distanced Zoom ceremony attended by her family, friends and DAR members, including California State Regent Susan Broderick. (News source: Davis Enterprise 11/05/2020)

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The Sacramento DAR nominated Walters for the medal in recognition of her 50 years of service in advancing the historic preservation of Yolo County archival records. Her work culminated in the establishment of a formal records-management program for county records, the Yolo County Archives and Friends of the Yolo County Archives.

In 2019, Yolo County named its newly renovated archives and library services building the Shipley Walters Center for Yolo County Archives and Library Services in her honor.

“Mrs. Walters’ contribution to Yolo County historic preservation cannot be overestimated,” said Sacramento Chapter Regent Janet Fulton. “Without Mrs. Walters,” she continued, “much of Yolo County’s historic records would have been permanently lost or inaccessible.”

Cottie Johnson, chair of the Sacramento Chapter’s Historic Preservation Committee, added, “Mrs. Walters is an inspiration. Her fascination with Yolo County history propelled her to author or co-author 10 books on local history subjects, in addition to her historic preservation volunteerism.”

The Historic Preservation Medal is the most prestigious award given by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to historic preservation community volunteers. It honors an individual whose study, promotion and dedication to historic preservation has made a distinguished contribution on the regional, state or national level for many years.

Event: The Center Dedication

Selected photos from the Shipley Walters Center Dedication Ceremony and Open House on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Recent Events

Philanthropy Day Honorees

Philanthropy Day 2018

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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Heather, Anastasia, Ruby at Philanthropy Day

Philanthropy Day 2019

Friends of the Yolo County Archives honored Anastasia Panagakos at Yolo Community Foundation's 2019 Philanthropy Day Celebration for her dedicated work serving as president of FYCA. Congratulations to Anastasia and to all of the honorees!

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Railroad Anniversary Celebration

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

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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Photo Courtesy of the Yolo County Archives

Looking Back

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. . . .

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Membership

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

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Thank You!

Thank you to the 41 donors who helped us raise $3,031 for the Yolo County Archives! These funds will be used for staff professional development, archival supplies, and extra-help hours. Thank you for supporting the preservation of local history!

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Although this year has been one of uncertainty and challenge, we are grateful for the continued support our donors have provided the Yolo County Archives. Like many nonprofit organizations, our outreach and volunteer efforts have been curtailed, but we continue to move forward with the anticipation that 2021 will bring better times.

Our most important support of the Archives during the pandemic has been to fund additional extra-help hours to speed collections processing and data management. For example, with our assistance, the Archives was able to complete a total rework of all collection data to be added to the new Axiell database and rehoused 248 boxes of Board of Supervisor records. For this work to continue, we invite our members to make an end-of-year contribution that will fund added hours for 2021.

Please support the work of the Archives and the Friends with your donation today.