Our mission is to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the records and heritage of Contra Costa County.
Become a Part of Contra Costa County History! Bring your treasured Photos, Documents and Letters to our Scan-a-Thon on Saturday, March 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Contra Costa County Historical Society is hosting a scanning event. Bring in your photographs, negatives, documents and letters to the Scan-a-thon so we may scan them for possible inclusion into our database.
Scanning technicians will help guests make archival digital scans, give a copy for guests to take home, and keep a copy for public access in CCC Historical Society’s digital archive. Volunteers will also take down names, dates and places to set each photo’s context, and provide this detail along with your digital images. Over-sized documents as large as 16” x 24” and negatives up to 5” x 5” are easy to do with our large format scanner.
We specialize in fragile, delicate photographs, documents and letters! Photographs, documents, and letters contain invaluable clues to the history of Contra Costa County. Let our experts help preserve them.
To reserve your 30 minute session, click here.
Visit our online book store by clicking here or visit us in person for additional items not sold online.
From time to time, we may be open for special events, such as exhibit open houses, or if there is an event in downtown Martinez.
Remember, we are staffed largely by volunteers, so we may not always be open the entire time. To be sure we are open, please call ahead at (925) 229-1042. We are also available via email at "email@example.com".
The Contra Costa County Historical Society's new exhibit, Justice and Judges: The History of the Law in Contra Costa County, is now open. The exhibit is in honor of Judge Richard Arnason and features artifacts and court documents that belonged to him, as well as a brief history of the Judicial system as it has evolved in Contra Costa County.
The exhibit is open to the public during our open hours, Tuesday-Thursday from 9AM to 4PM, as well as the third Saturday of each month from 10AM to 2PM. For more detailed information on the exhibit, click here.
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Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for history buff? The History Center offers a wide variety of books, photographs and services that they will just love. A membership in the Contra Costa County Historical Society makes a great gift too. For details on Society membership, whether for yourself or as a gift, please click here.
While cleaning up the map room recently, we came across a number of duplicate copies of our topographical county maps, along with a few that were from outside the county. We are making them available for sale, but please note that the quantities are quite limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on what maps available, please click on this link.
CCCHS Past President and Curator of the San Ramon Valley Museum Beverly Lane has extended the great photos and research from our wildly successful exhibit on Electric Trains in Contra Costa County in 2012 into a booklet that the Society is proud to make available to the public. Click here to get more information on the booklet and how to purchase your own copy.
We have just added a table containing an index of more than 11,000 Naturalization records recently computerized by Margie Newton, one of our "Wednesday" volunteers. To scan the index as well as to get information on ordering copies of the naturization documents themselves, please click here.
Click here to see a list of the Society's charter members.
You can also see a list of the Society's presidents from 1951 to the present by clicking here.
|Officer||Name||Home Town||Term Expires|
|1st Vice President||Donald Bastin||El Sobrante||12/31/2019|
|2nd Vice President||John Burgh||Concord||12/31/2017|
|Treasurer||Steve James||El Sobrante||12/31/2017|
|Director||Scott Saftler||Walnut Creek||12/31/2017|
|Director Emeritus||Betty Maffei||Walnut Creek||---|