Yolo County Library

Yolo County Historical Collection


Iulia Bodeanu
Museum Curator
226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 666-8147

What’s in the Collection?
The Yolo County Historical Collection is comprised of 11,000 objects which date from the 1830s to the 1930s. The collection includes textiles, agricultural equipment, paintings, archival materials, ephemera, photographs, archaeological items, tools, ceramics, household items, furniture, and personal items. This collection illustrates what life was like for early Yolo County residents.

In May 2021 the Museum Curator in partnership with the Library Archives and YoloArts created a 5 year strategic plan to increase access to the collection as a representation of our shared Yolo County history. The plan can be viewed HERE.

Where can I see the Collection?
The Yolo County Historical Collection are currently on display in the Gibson House (512 Gibson Road, Woodland) and rotate throughout the County via object loans. Items not on display are stored in an environmentally controlled collections storage facility on the Gibson Property. We are committed to increasing access to the collection by partnering with local schools, libraries and historical organizations to create exhibitions that present Yolo County’s rich history to the public. If you are interested in partnering to bring displays and programs to the community, or viewing or borrowing collection items, please contact the museum curator.

If you are researcher and would like to access the collection please email the Museum Curator at iulia.bodeanu@yolocounty.org to schedule an appointment.

Collections Revealed showcases various collection items and local history via social media. Looking for sneak peaks into the historical collection? View the youtube playlist HERE.

Shared Histories Learning Kits

Check out our themed, downloadable, lesson packets & learning kits designed to engage students with Yolo County Historical Collection and Yolo County Archives resources available to check out from your local Yolo County Library branch!

Yolo County Agriculture
Download Kit HERE+
Checkout Kit HERE+

This kit focuses on learning about our local community, its agricultural resources, and the long history of agricultural production and ingenuity in Yolo County.

Victorian Dress and Etiquette
Download Kit HERE+
Checkout Kit HERE+

This kit focuses on familiarizing students with Victorian dress and etiquette practices as a way of understanding life in the early 1900s.

Native American History and Culture
Download Kit HERE+
Checkout Kit HERE+

This kit focuses on familiarizing students with Northern California Native American tribes and tradition by exploring their culture through language, food, natural habitats and storytelling.

To view the virtual exhibition, which includes a video, images, wall text, exhibition guide and an interview with the curator visit the Online Galleries page HERE.


Side-by-Side: Historic and Contemporary Ceramics (Spring 2022)


Healing Histories: Medicine in Yolo County (Spring 2020)


Fashion Forward: Women’s Wear and Social Reform (Spring 2019)

How can I help?
Volunteers and interns are an essential part of carrying out the on-going review of the Yolo County Historical Collection. If you are interested in gaining hands-on experience working with historical items and learning more about local history and museum practices please consider becoming a volunteer or intern. To get involved please complete and return the application.

Volunteer Application

Internship Application

How can I donate items?
If you are interested in making a donation of items to the YCHC please contact Museum Curator at the information provided below. Please provide photos of the items you would like to considered for accession into the collection.

Mail:  Iulia Bodeanu
c/o Yolo County Historical Collection
226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, CA 95695

Email:  iulia.bodeanu@yolocounty.org

What’s new?

Curator’s Report September 2021

Curator’s Report June 2021

Curator’s Report March 2020

Curator’s Report December 2019

Curator’s Report September 2019

Curator’s Report June 2019

Curator’s Report March 2019

Curator’s Report December 2018