Our Mission

The mission of Napa County Historical Society is to discover and keep history alive through exhibits, lectures, and events, as well as research, publications, and educational activities. We are a membership-based archival and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation and presentation of the people and history of Napa County and its place in California history.

About Us: The Research Library

The Napa County Historical Society operates a non-circulating Research Library that is open to the public.  If you have a question about Napa history, need to conduct research, or would like to donate an item to our collection, you can stop by the library during our regular business hours or by appointment.  If you would like to ask a question by email or phone, we can answer questions requiring brief research into our collection free of charge.  If you wish to ask us to aid you in a research project or conduct more extensive research, we are happy to help but an hourly or project-based fee is charged.

The Research Library is open
Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 10am-4pm.


The Move is Complete!

We are located in the old office at Tulocay Cemetery, while the Goodman Library undergoes earthquake repairs.  It is the stone building located through the main gates of the cemetery (pictured above).  The street address for the cemetery is 411 Coombsville Road, Napa, CA 94558.

Thanks to the Tulocay Cemetery Board of Directors for their generous invitation to relocate to the beautiful Juarez building.  We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to Community Projects and the Community Foundation’s Community Disaster Fund for Earthquake Relief for their financial support of this project.


Online Catalogue

Explore thousands of historic photographs, manuscripts, scrapbooks, maps, blueprints, books, and ephemera on Napa County history in our online catalogue.


Contact Us

Get in touch with NCHS.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.


Visit our shop to buy books, postcards, photo prints, and more!

Our Story

Jess and Mary Doud, ca. 1979Napa County Historical Society was founded in May 1948 by locals passionate about preserving local history. In the late 1970s, then Executive Director Jess Doud secured the Goodman Library to house their ever-expanding historical research library, as well as for use in displays, exhibits, and educational programs.

Our active Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Research Librarian keep the organization running, and our corps of volunteers and interns assist with research, cataloguing, and publication. We are a small non-profit sustained by your membership and donations.