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Dixon Public Library has long served as the repository for photos, documents and other materials about the community of Dixon. Many are original, one-of-a-kind items.

For archival inquiries please contact the library at 1-866-57-ASKUS (1-866-572-7587)

The Dixon Public Library Archives contain not only historic photographs of the people and places of early Dixon, but also unique records and family histories made accessible through the Online Exhibits.

Search Dixon Tribune newspaper archive,

Dixon Tribune “Brevities”

These news items were published in the Dixon Tribune newspaper from the late 1800s to 1950. They were extracted by Historian Ardeth Sievers Reidel in the 1970s from the newspaper microfilm. The “Brevities” are a wealth of information as to what life was like in the first half of the 20th century in Dixon. They list marriages, births, deaths, and news items of local interest of that time era. You can do a search to look for information on your family to see if there was a news item published about them.  The “Brevities” document is a 930-page PDF document; please be patient as it downloads.

Dixon Archives

Dixon Archive Resources
The Archives contain many different kinds of materials and resources which are not yet available online. These items must be used in the branch.

Oral Histories Videos

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more. In addition to the Elsie M. Caster Oral History Project on our website, you can view more of the Dixon Public Library’s collection of recordings in video and audio format by visiting the Internet Archive. Digitization of our collection was made possible by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project which preserves California’s audiovisual heritage and allows online access provided by the Internet Archive.

Oral Histories

The Elsie M. Castner Oral History Project was made possible by grants from the estates of Robert F. Cocklin, Ruth Castner Cocklin and others.

The Dixon Public Library undertook this project in 1998 with the assistance of Chris Castaneda from CSU, Sacramento. The library holds the original audio and video recordings, and the text is available for patrons to view.

These interviews were performed by Chris Castaneda, Paul Ferrell, Terry Cook and Nancy LeRoy. The proofing and preparation of the transcripts was performed by Marilyn Costamagna, Shirley Parsons and Marianne Sommers.

More Oral Histories Videos

Sady's Story

Irving's Story

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