Behind-the-scenes at the Haggin Museum is an extensive archive that houses thousands of books, historic photographs, maps, and other items relating to Stockton and California history.
Use of the Library/Archives is by advance appointment only and research requests are accommodated as staff time permits. A $15 research fee is charged to help cover the cost of maintaining these holdings, plus additional fees for any photographic reproductions and/or machine copies. A $25 fee is charged for requests relating to Stephens Bros. Boatbuilders. The usage fees are waived for museum members.
Earl Rowland Art Library
The special focus of this holding is books and periodicals relating to the museum’s art collection, particularly French and American art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other areas covered include ancient art, decorative arts, Japanese woodblock prints, and California art.
Holdings include corporate records of the area’s most significant businesses, including:
- Holt Manufacturing Co.
- Stockton Iron Works
- Sperry Flour Company
- Tillie Lewis Foods/Flotil Cannery
- Stephens Bros. Boatbuilders
Notable collections of the Haggin Museum’s Archive include:
- San Joaquin Society of California Pioneers
- Ladies Auxiliary to California Pioneers
- Ruth Ottley Valentines
- Haggin Family
Historic images in the Haggin Museum’s Archive include:
- J. Pitcher Spooner photos
- V. Covert Martin photos
- Ralph Yardley sketches (more than 1,100 original drawings highlighting the history of Stockton)