Museum Archives Program

Due to recent severe budget cuts, the Museum's Archival Library will only be open on a limited case by case basis. Requests to use the facility must be made at least 10 days in advance; completion of the application and payment of the Research Use Fee is also required in advance. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but because of the severity of the cuts, we have no alternative.

The Plumas County Museum Archives exist to collect, preserve, and make available for public research county, community, and regional historical records and documents. The museum's collection covers almost all aspects of Plumas County's rich history.

Strict supervision is required and appointments are required. View our available activities and supporting partnerships.

Collection of Archives 

  • Archival Photographs - More than 4,000 vintage photographs of early day Plumas County and its people complement the enormous collection of ephemeral material collected over the past 75 years.
  • Books - Local authors and history books as well as books owned by pioneer residents.
  • County Records - Includes District Court, County Court, Superior Court, Probate Court records, assessment records, census records, voter's registers, naturalization records, and various county departmental records.
  • Documents - Biographies, family histories, businesses, industries, and information on all subjects relative to Plumas County may be found here.
  • Donations - The archives are a continually growing collection. The museum encourages donations to the collection.
  • Ephemera - Includes scrapbooks, postcards, advertising materials, autograph books, and more.
  • Magazines - Features mining, scientific, historic, and fashion magazines dating from the 1860s to 1950s.
  • Music - Features a large collection of sheet music, which includes local published songwriters.
  • Newspapers - Museum collection includes local and regional newspapers from the 1850s to the 1960s. Many are complete volumes while others are missing issues.
  • Photocopying Service - Available for most documents. Certain items cannot be photocopied due to their extreme age, fragility, etc. There is a county-mandated $0.50 charge per copy.
  • Reproduction Photograph Service - The museum offers black and white reproduction services of photographs and other graphic materials. Call the museum at (530) 283-6320 for prices and sizes.
  • Research - The archives are open to the public for research purposes from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm by appointment Tuesday through Friday, dependent upon the availability of staff as supervision is required.
  • Watson Map Collection - This collection includes more than 1,000 local and regional surveys of property, mines, railroads, power projects, and more.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please email Museum Director Scott Lawson at (530) 283-6320.