About Us

The Napa County Historical Society operates a non-circulating Research Library that is open to the public.  We will be closed December 19th through January 1st. We will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Please send all inquiries to info@napahistory.org.

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Call us at 707.224.1739, or email us using the form at right

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Research Requests

If you would like to ask a question by email or phone, we can answer questions requiring brief research into our collection free of charge.  If you wish to ask us to aid you in a research project or conduct more extensive research, we are happy to help but an hourly or project-based fee is charged.


Online Catalogue

Explore thousands of historic photographs, manuscripts, scrapbooks, maps, blueprints, books, and ephemera on Napa County history in our online catalogue.

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Our Story

Jess and Mary Doud, ca. 1979Napa County Historical Society was founded in May 1948 by locals passionate about preserving local history. In the late 1970s, then Executive Director Jess Doud secured the Goodman Library to house their ever-expanding historical research library, as well as for use in displays, exhibits, and educational programs.

Our active Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Research Librarian keep the organization running, and our corps of volunteers and interns assist with research, cataloguing, and publication. We are a small non-profit sustained by your membership and donations.