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Historical Records Commission

Collections and Archives Recognition Award

The Collections and Archives Recognition Award is an annual program of the Sonoma County Historical Records Commission (HRC) to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of individuals, groups, agencies, collections, and archives located within Sonoma County. The award focuses on existing collections, including individuals and organizations using existing archives in the county to create new historical and cultural work. It is also intended to recognize special efforts to preserve and use both new and existing archival material in promoting history and cultural preservation.

The HRC will accept nominations as well as actively seek out individuals and organizations worthy of recognition under established criteria.


Nominees using Sonoma County historical records who collect, preserve, research, write about, disseminate historical records and/or information, or create cultural works will qualify for the award, such as:

  • Any individual (professional or non-professional)
  • private group
  • local, county, state, federal, and/or tribal governmental agency
  • private or public collection or archive


Broadly, recognition will be awarded for activities such as:

  • Ongoing development and preservation of an archival collection
  • Special exhibits, publications, partnerships, and programs using archival records
  • Public education and advocacy work to promote historical records preservation
  • Innovative or creative technical advancements in digitization or preservation of archival materials
  • Successful government archives and records management programs
  • Response to emergencies and disasters relevant to historical recordkeeping

While preferable, the recognized contribution or achievement will not necessarily have to have occurred during the award year. The Sonoma County HRC will have the flexibility to use the award to recognize individual and organizations in their ongoing efforts to preserve and promote historical records.


The award is non-monetary. The issuance of the award will be accompanied by a press release and mention on the Sonoma County HRC’s website as well as in other profession-related media. It will be presented by the Sonoma County HRC at the Sonoma County Historical Society’s annual meeting.

Selection Committee

The members of the Sonoma County HRC will select the awardees.

Submit a Nomination

Download and complete the Nomination Form and submit it following the instructions shown on the form.  Nominations are due January 10, 2024.

Nomination Form

Prior Awardees

2022 Awardees

Presented at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa on March 12, 2023, in conjunction with the Sonoma County Historical Society's annual meeting, the following awardees received the second annual Collections and Archives Recognition Awards:

2021 Awardees 

Awarded on March 20, 2022, the following awardees received the inaugural Collections and Archives Recognition Awards: