The California Central Valley is one of the five most fertile valleys in the world and early settlement began before the Gold Rush. Descendants of the early settlers organized the Historical Society in 1919 and have been collecting artifacts and information ever since.
One of the earliest buildings in Fresno, the Fresno Water Tower.
Among the holdings in these Archives are a Central Valley early farmers index, biographies, manuscripts, photos, oral histories, newspaper clippings, and school yearbooks.
Important collections in the archives:
Access to the archives is by appointment only. Please call two weeks in advance. To protect the archival material, please note and follow the rules.
For obituaries after 1922, please consult the Fresno County Public Library.
Fresno City and County Historical Society Archives
7160 West Kearney Boulevard
Fresno, California 93706