About the Solano County Archives

 

News Update

OCTOBER 2015:   SOLANO COUNTY ARCHIVES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

At the end of September, the bulk of the extensive historical records collection was packed up and temporarily moved to a secure out-of-county storage facility.  

Until a new home is found by County leadership, the collection will NOT be accessible for research. 

Please continue to send your information requests to info@solanocountyarchives.org.

Volunteers familiar with the historical records collection will try to direct you to other resources OR guide you in how to submit public records requests to County staff.

We regret this sad turn of events.

 

 

May 2013:  Kudos to the FAIRFIELD-SUISUN ROTARY CLUB for donating $500 to help underwrite the preservation efforts at the Archives. These much-needed and greatly appreciated funds will purchase archival polyester sleeves for components of our map collection. Thank you Rotarians for recognizing the importance of preserving Solano County's documentary heritage.

March 2013: The law firm of WELLS CALL CLARK BENNETT and CLAWSON generously donated $1000 for the purchase of archival materials to help preserve historical court documents. Tom Clark, a partner in the firm, is presently the Chair of the Solano County Historical Records Commission. Thank you, gentlemen! 

April 2012:  The Solano County Historical Records Commission was honored with the Society of California Archivists' annual ARCHIVES APPRECIATION AWARD for its 25-year advocacy for the preservation of Solano County's documentary heritage!

History of the Archives

The Archives houses historical county records dating back to the establishment of Solano County government when California became a state in 1850.

In the early 1980s when the County no longer had adequate space to store and care for its historical records - and later when the Old Courthouse was renovated - many records were gifted or lent to other entities until the time that a proper facility could house them.

In 1987, the newly created Solano County Historical Records Commission became stewards of the historical collection. Ultimately the scattered records were reassembled in an old furniture warehouse. They were organized, and made available to the public by a dedicated core of volunteers.  Rose Cunningham, who had spearheaded the citizen effort to save Solano County’s documentary heritage, was officially appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the unpaid Historical Records Project Manager.

Years later the collection was moved to a less drafty warehouse, but stored in the midst of county surplus and parked county vans. A warehouse flood in June 2007 highlighted the Historical Records Commission’s long-standing recommendation to move the collection to a more appropriate setting.

In July of 2008, at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the collection was moved to the present clean, secure, and temperature-controlled facility. Volunteers spent over 2500 hours planning the new facility, reorganizing and cleaning the collection, as well as overseeing the move.

The Archives is still managed by volunteers with nominal county funding. Ongoing efforts include the conservation of mid-20th century aerial photos, the processing of Superior Court Case files and the creation of finding aids. The continuing mission of the volunteer staff is to preserve and make publicly accessible Solano County’s rich documentary heritage.