Archives Room

The Archives Room is currently open to the public by appointment. The Archives Room is being redesigned to accommodate research and access to the collections.

To schedule an appointment or find out when the Archives will be open, please call the Colfax Area Historical Museum before your visit, at (530) 346-8599.

Directions: The Archives Room is located at 55 School Street, Colfax, CA. Take the Colfax off-ramp from I-80 (approximately 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, California). Follow the signs into town. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right on North Main Street. Go two blocks to School Street on your left, to 55 School Street, where Sierra Vista Community Center houses the Colfax Area Historical Society archives.

From Grass Valley, turn off Highway 174 from Grass Valley onto North Main Street, in Colfax, and go two blocks to School Street on your right.

The CAHS archive room contains:

Physical Items

  • Collection of Chinese ceramics and baskets
  • Period clothing from 1800 to 1940
  • WWII memorabilia: Uniforms, helmet, shells, and an album with pictures of Camp Placer

Indexed News/Books

  • Books and other literature for historical reference
  • Cemetery records from 1851 to 1984

Grace Hubley Jones Photographic Collection

  • 10,000 glass plate negatives from the early 1900’s

Maps, Photos, Sketches

  • Maps and pictures from 1870 to 1999 of the Colfax area and many of the railroads
  • Pictures of bridges and books about the North Fork of the American River