Doing Research at the Archives

The Reading RoomIn October 2015, the Solano County Archives was packed up and put into storage in a secure out-of-county facility. Until the historical records collection finds a new home, there is no public access to the extensive collection. However, we encourage researchers to continue to email research requests to

Volunteers familiar with the collection will monitor emails and try to assist researchers 1) find other resources or 2) understand how to submit a public records request.  




Patrons interested in doing on-site research at the Archives should first schedule an appointment by phone or email.
The reading room at the new Chadbourne facility can only accommodate two researchers at any given time.

It is recommended that you come prepared to describe your information need as precisely as possible. Names, dates, and locations are vital pieces of information that will narrow the search for the proverbial “needle in the haystack.”  Staff can help identify record types that might be useful as well as help decipher challenging old script. Archival research can be tedious and often frustrating—but patience and persistence are often rewarded.

To protect the collection, there are a few house rules:

  • Purses, briefcases, and coats must be stored in a provided locker. However, digital cameras and laptops are permitted in the reading room.
  • Researchers should wash their hands prior to handling records.
  • NO PENS or other permanent marking devices are permitted in the reading room. Pencils only.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the reading room.
  • The record storage area is closed to the public. Staff will retrieve requested records. 
  • Photocopies of materials are made at the discretion of staff based on the condition of the materials to be copied.
  • Copies are 60¢/page.
  • Digital images taken with patron cameras are free - and encouraged in order to minimize handling of records.