Research

The Museum has a vast collection of local historical items.  Research is possible for a variety of purposes. Please contact the Museum at 707.778.4398 or email your questions to “Historical Research Request” at the Petaluma Museum.

The Library, named after Petaluma City Historian Hoppy Hopkins (1921-2003), contains books and files that assist in history, genealogy, and architectural research of Petaluma and close environs. They include such treasures as: early maps, the Vallejo land grant; books relating to topics as the Miwok Indians, poultry and dairy industries; histories of surrounding communities.

What’s Available at the Hoppy Hopkins Memorial Research Library

 

Hoppy Hopkins, local historian

Hoppy Hopkins, local historian

 

Unique Records Of Local Interest
There are blueprints of homes and buildings designed by local architect Brainerd Jones, city directories from as early as 1875 and yearbooks from the 1890’s, as well as record books of groups such as G.A.R. and Corona Club, which bring early citizens to life. The Clipping files and Ephemera boxes hold treasures related to such widely diverse topics as aviation, sports and city government. We have a copy of the first newspaper published in Petaluma in August of 1855, as well as a number of special edition newspapers.

Access to Research
The Research Library is staffed by dedicated volunteers on Thursdays from 1 – 4 pm at the Museum, 20 Fourth Street in Petaluma. Visitors are welcome to work with volunteers in the museum, or you may submit a written request for information. Research assistance is free to members and $5 per hour to non-members (see the Membership page for information). Come in, write or email the “Historical Research Request” at the Petaluma Museum.

Petaluma Historical Museum ~ 20 Fourth Street ~ Petaluma, CA 94952 ~ (707) 778-4398

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