This guide provides a starting place for researchers studying the history of Napa Valley. The collections linked or described here include primary sources that cover people, places, events, and themes relevant to Napa Valley and its context in greater California or national history.
Although some of the collections described here are fully accessible online, researchers will find items that have not been digitized. If the material is held by Pacific Union College, simply make a research appointment with the Special Collections Librarian. If you wish to view material held by another institution, we recommend that you contact them ahead of time to make an appointment and ask if there is anything you should do to prepare for your visit.
Primary sources are materials that are eyewitness accounts or as close to the original source as possible.
Please note that a book is simply a format. You can find both primary and secondary sources published in book form.
Secondary sources are interpretations and analyses based on primary sources.
For example, an autobiography is a primary source while a biography is a secondary source.
Often secondary and primary sources are relative concepts. Typical secondary sources may be primary sources depending on the research topic.
Special thanks to the American University library for this set of guidelines. For more, please visit https://subjectguides.library.american.edu/primary.