Internet Resources

Historic Newspapers – Sonoma County

Browse all Sonoma papers available at the California Digital Newspaper Collection or search the Press Democrat (1897-1922) /Santa Rosa Daily Democrat (1883-1890), Sonoma Democrat (1857-1886) and Healdsburg Tribune/Enterprise/ Scimitar (1888-1990):





Visitors to any Sonoma County library branch and subscribers to can also search or browse the Petaluma Argus-Courier (1899-1949) and the Sonoma County Journal (1855-1864) as well as other historic Petaluma newspapers. The Press Democrat from 1923-1997 and the Santa Rosa Republican from 1904-1948 (both with gaps) are also available on, as is the Sebastopol Times from 1895 onward.


Some additional years of the Petaluma papers can be found in the free Google newspaper archive. The Sonoma Index-Tribune is also searchable (although few results will be found due to the poor quality of the text scans) and articles can be purchased individually. It is also sometimes useful to search the Napa county newspapers.

Below is a collection of digitized original sources related to Santa Rosa,  Sonoma County and California  history. Under each topic is a catalog listing of relevant books, maps, or papers. In the “Comments” field is a link to an Internet location where the material can searched or downloaded. A listing of other online materials can be found in the Comstock House digital library.

History – Sonoma County

Historic Maps – Sonoma County

Santa Rosa Earthquake – 1906

Herbert Slater’s 1908 speech
Santa Rosa casualty list

History – California

Bancroft History of California series

San Francisco

California documents at SF Virtual Museum

Comstock and Oates

Testimonial Dinner for Judge Comstock, 1964
The Soul of the Nation by Nellie Comstock
Helen Finley Comstock video oral history
Collected Works of James Wyatt Oates

Luther Burbank

Updated December 12, 2019