The collection of the Community Memorial Museum contains over 15,000 artifacts and over 7,000 photographs, all of which help us tell the story of Sutter County. Artifacts range from Native American baskets to clothing and household goods, from County records to agricultural equipment, from gold mining tools to postcards and souvenirs.
If you have a research request, please contact the Museum and give us as much detail as possible regarding your request. We will do our best to reply within 10 business days. As our research requests are handled by volunteers, it can sometimes take longer.
If you would like to come to the Museum to do research, please contact us at least 2 weeks in advance. We may not be able to accommodate requests made less than 2 weeks in advance. Once we receive your query, we will review our collection and will let you know if we have anything applicable to your research. The more information you can give us on what you are looking for the more accurate our response can be.
If you need assistance with birth, death or marriage records, deeds or court records please contact the Clerk Recorder of Sutter County. Further research assistance can be found at the Sutter County US Gen Website and at the local chapter of the Mormon Library on Butte House Road in Yuba City. Old newspapers can be found on microfilm at the Sutter County Library in Yuba City.
Donate an Artifact
Interested in donating an artifact or photograph to the Museum? Here are a few things to consider:
- Is it related to the history of Sutter County? (A caveat to this is that we can't tell the story of Sutter County without including information on Yuba County, so we consider those items as well.)
- What condition is the item in? Please do not paint or restore items before offering them to the Museum. Items in original condition are preferable. On the other hand, if the item is badly damaged, so rusted that you can't tell what it is, or would pose a safety hazard to staff or visitors, we will probably decline.
- How large is the item? Unfortunately we do not have the storage capacity for many large items.
If you are unsure, please contact us!
Please note: the Museum does not purchase items for our collection. Also, we cannot help you to determine the monetary value of your items.