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
Goodman Library (Wed-Sat 10-3)
1219 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

Tulocay Cemetery Office (T 10-3)
411 Coombsville Road
Napa, CA 94558

Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley Contact: Lauren Chevlen (707) 501-8999
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 Museum 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

  • Napa County Newspaper Archive; digitized Microfilm of Independent Calistogan/Weekly Calistogan (digitized by 2016); a database located on their website, https://www.countyofnapa.org/library/ 
  • Selection of local history books

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

  • City/County Directories
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Napa County Newspaper Archive; digitized 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); a database located on their website, https://www.countyofnapa.org/library/ 
  • 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)
  • Napa County Newspaper Archive; digitized 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); a database located on their website, https://www.countyofnapa.org/library/
  • 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

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