The Yuba County Library Local History Archives room strives to be the recognized repository for written and audio materials dealing with the history of Yuba County, California.
A key part of this history is the Appeal-Democrat, the leading local news source for Sutter and Yuba County. The newspaper is a direct descendant of a line of newspapers that dates back to the Marysville Herald, which debuted in August 1850, two years after gold was discovered nearby at Sutter’s Mill.
Gina Zurakowski, Archives Librarian, explains, “We had microfilm for the newspaper dating back to 1849 and the archive is heavily used by local historians looking for Gold Rush information. Converting this microfilm archive to Digital ReeL has improved the image quality of the content and empowered users with full text search to find information in ways previously not possible.”