Collections and Archives Recognition Award
The Sonoma County Historical Records Commission’s Collections and Archives Recognition Award is an annual program to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of individuals, groups, agencies, collections, and archives located within Sonoma County. The award focuses on existing collections as well as recognizing special efforts to preserve and use archival material in promoting history and cultural preservation.
The Sonoma County Historical Records Commission will accept nominations as well as actively seek out individuals and organizations worthy of recognition under established criteria.
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
Any individual (professional or non-professional), private group, local, county, state, federal and/or tribal governmental agency, or private or public collection or archive, located within the boundary of Sonoma County and practicing the collection and preservation of historical records, will qualify for the award.
While preferable, the recognized contribution or achievement will not necessarily have to have occurred during the award year. The Sonoma County Historical Records Commission 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 Historical Records Commission’s website as well as in other profession-related media. It will be presented by the Sonoma County Historical Records Commission at the Sonoma County Historical Society’s annual meeting.
The members of the Sonoma County Historical Records Commission will select the awardees.
Submit a Nomination
The 2023 Nomination form will become available in October 2023, please check back at that time. Nominations will be due in January 2024.
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:
Awarded on March 20, 2022, the following awardees received the inaugural Collections and Archives Recognition Awards: