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John Schubert collection of Sonoma County court documents

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SPC-00016

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, letterhead, rules, rosters, and business cards. The oldest materials in this collection (prior to 1880s), and documents concerning the new (1909) courthouse are photocopies of original documents.


  • Creation: 1890-1979
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930s-1979


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials stored offsite, but collection is open to research. In many cases, further details on individual items can be found by contacting staff at the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library. To view these materials, please call staff at (707) 308-3212 to request they be brought to the Library for viewing.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the County of Sonoma. By arrangement, the Sonoma County Library has made this collection available and believes that the majority of items in this Collection are in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries; some items may be copyright by their creators. The public domain portions of this Collection may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. Preferred credit line is: Courtesy, the County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Library. Please see additional reproduction and reuse information on our Copyright and Permissions page.


0.42 linear feet (2 letter document boxes; 12.5" x 4" x 10.25")


This collection contains a compilation of Sonoma County court-related correspondence, letterhead, rules, rosters, and business cards culled by John Schubert, a Russian River historian, while he served the county as a deputy sheriff for 39 years. The administrative records and letterhead include those of Sonoma County's Municipal Court, District Court, Superior Court, County Clerk, and judges' chambers primarily from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Arrangement of the collection

Organized by type of material in 29 folders; items within each folder arranged chronologically where dates could be determined.

Folder List

  1. County Clerk correspondence, 1907-1931
  2. County Auditor correspondence, 1903, 1906
  3. County and probate courts of Sonoma County, California. Rules: adopted October 25, 1876
  4. Two prints of undated photographs of the old Sonoma County Courthouse from Santa Rosa Avenue, near E Street, Santa Rosa, California
  5. Book and report excerpts, reproduced between 1979 and 1995 (photocopies; originally published between 1901 and 1979
  6. Stationery and letterhead of Municipal Court, Superior Court, judges, County Clerk and Board of Supervisors, undated, but printed between 1960 and 1979 (3 folders)
  7. Business cards of judges, court reporters, law library director, district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, Hall of Justice officials, attorneys, police officers, between 1960 and 1985
  8. Sonoma County Legal Secretaries Association membership roster, 1970-1971
  9. Correspondence regarding taking possession of the new Sonoma County courthouse, reproduced about 1995 (photocopies; originally created 1909)
  10. Correspondence regarding the Municipal Court, 1958-1978
  11. Copies of correspondence regarding the appointment of James E. Jones as Chief Justice of the Municipal Court, March 19, 1969
  12. Letterhead, forms, and envelopes from Municipal Court and Sonoma County Grand Jury, undated (between 1960 and 1979)
  13. Letterhead, City of Santa Rosa City Hall, 1890s
  14. Forms re: Municipal Court jury service, undated (between 1950 and 1979)
  15. Filed Superior Court cases, 1968-1970
  16. Sonoma County attorney rosters, 1968 and 1972
  17. Sonoma County Bar Association recommended minimum fee schedules and guides to professional fees, 1957-1970
  18. Sonoma County Bar Association committees, 1957 and 1978
  19. County Clerk correspondence and letterhead, 1907, 1932
  20. Assorted documents bearing the official seal of the State of California, 1893-1975
  21. Documents bearing official seals of other states, 1957 and 1969
  22. Envelopes from County offices and other courthouses, between 1898 and 1910
  23. Correspondence from County Administrator, 1958 February 3-July 8
  24. Election cards for District Attorney and Justice of Third District Court of Appeals candidates, for general election, 1906 November 2
  25. Bail schedule adopted October 7, 1959 (with amendments to February 17, 1966)
  26. Cover sheets for last wills and testaments of County residents, between 1948 and 1968

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift: John Schubert, 2015

John Schubert collection of Sonoma County court documents, 1890s-19791930s-1979
Geoffrey Skinner.
2024 May 25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in:English

Repository Details

Part of the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library Repository

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Santa Rosa CA 95404 United States
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