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 ($50) is also required in advance. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but because of the severity of the cuts, we have no alternative.
Strict supervision is required and appointments are strongly recommended.

 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.
Archival Photographs: Over 5,000 vintage photographs of early day Plumas County and its people complement the enormous collection of ephemeral material collected over the past 75 years.

Documents: Biographies, family histories, businesses, industries, and information on all subjects relative to Plumas County may be found here.

Watson Map Collection: Over 1,000 local and regional surveys of property, mines, railroads, power projects, etc.

Humbug Valley Hotel
Newspapers: Local and regional newspapers from the 1850s to the 1960s. Many are complete volumes while others are missing issues.

Books: Local authors and history books as well as books owned by pioneer residents.

Ephemera: Scrapbooks, postcards, advertising materials, autograph books, etc.

Music: Large collection of sheet music, which includes local published songwriters.

Magazines: Mining, scientific, historic, and fashion magazines dating from the 1850s to 1950s.

County Records: District Court, County Court, Superior Court, Probate Court records, assessment records, census records, voter's registers, naturalization records and various county departmental records. 

Research: The Archives are open to the public for research purposes.

Bean Hill
Jim Beckwourth
Reproduction Photograph Service: The museum offers black & white photographic and digital scanning reproduction services of photographs and other graphic materials. Prices and sizes may be obtained by calling the museum at (530) 283-6320.

Photocopying Service: Available for most documents. Certain items cannot be photocopied due to their extreme age, fragility or for other reasons. There is a county mandated 50-cent charge per copy. 

Donations: The Plumas County Museum Archives is a continually growing collection. The museum encourages donations to the collection. Please contact museum staff for further information.