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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Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022

  • 10 AM Teleconference

  • Draft Agenda (TBD)

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Membership

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

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.

One More Video

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.