Where To Do Research

Below is a list of the organizations, libraries, and special collections we use the most in our research. See also a Research Resources such as books, digitized newspapers, and websites.

Historical Societies

Napa County Historical Society
(707) 224-1739

physical location:
1219 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

mailing address:
P.O. Box 10527
Napa, CA 94581

Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley
P.O. Box 6753
Napa, CA 94581
(707) 251-9092
Napa Police Historical Society
no physical location
Napa Valley Genealogical Society
1701 Menlo Ave
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 252-2252
St. Helena Historical Society
1492 Library Ln
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-5502

Museums and Special Libraries

Museum at the Napa County Sheriff’s Office
1535 Airport Blvd
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-4440

Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidents Cir
Yountville, CA 94599
707-944-0500

Napa Valley Wine Library
1492 Library Ln
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-5145

Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum History
1490 Library Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3757

Sharpsteen Museum of Calistoga History
1311 Washington St
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5911

Public Libraries

Calistoga Public Library
1108 Myrtle St
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4833

  • Microfilm of Independent Calistogan/Weekly Calistogan (digitized by 2016)
  • Selection of local history books

Napa County Library
580 Coombs St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-4241

  • City/County Directories
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Microfilm of Napa Register, Napa County Record, Napa County Reporter, Napa Daily Journal (digitized by 2016)
  • Selection of local history books

St. Helena Public Library
1492 Library Ln
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-5244

  • City/County Directories
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (including Calistoga and St. Helena)
  • Microfilm of Napa County Reporter (1862-1864), Napa Journal, Napa Register (1878-1880 and 1952-2006), Napa Daily Reporter (1866-1867), St. Helena Star (digitized by 2016)
  • Selection of local history books

Government Agencies

Napa County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk Office: for deed records, birth/marriage/death certificates, property records, etc.
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Building 4
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-4467

Other Regional Resources

Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
S. Hall Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-3781

Note: limited access to collections – call ahead

California Historical Society
678 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 357-1848

California State Archives
1020 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-2246

California State Library – California History Room
900 N St., Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0176

Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 391-1188

Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny St., 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 986-1822

Society of California Pioneers
101 Montgomery St., Suite 150
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 957-1849

Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library
211 E St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 545-0831

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
734 Marin St.
Vallejo, CA 95490
(707) 643-0077