Friends of the Yolo County Archives

Friends of the Yolo County Archives

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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FYCA Board Meeting

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The Archives Ledger

  • Commemorating Juneteenth

  • Cataloging and Collecting During a Pandemic

  • Preservation During Crisis

  • Bracero Program in Yolo County

  • Influenza Pandemic and U.S. Military

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The Yolo County Archives

The 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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Closure Update

All Yolo County Library branches are closed until further notice. The Yolo County Library is taking measures to protect the health and safety of the community and staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Heather Lanctot, Dr. Mona Siegel, Sarah Gunasekara, Winters talk

Archives Report

  • Public Outreach

  • Axiell Collections Management

  • Interns Update

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Friends of the Yolo County Archives

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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Thank You!

Thank you to the 36 donors who helped us raise $2,282 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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The Yolo County Archives

Archives Annual

Heather Lanctot, Archives and Records Center Coordinator, has created the Yolo County Archives 2019 Annual Report.

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Library Monthly

  • While We Are Closed

  • Personnel Updates

  • Hazel Leask “Peggy” Epstein

  • Big Day of Giving

  • Spring Reading Program

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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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The Yolo County Archives and Records Center is closed until further notice.

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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Archives Reopens!

Archives and Records Center Coordinator Heather Lanctot was extremely happy to announce that the Shipley Walters Center for Yolo County Archives and Library Services had reopened after extensive renovation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Event: The Center Dedication

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)

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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.

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One More Video

Photo Courtesy of the Yolo County Archives

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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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Once More...

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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