This website was created to provide public access to the early portrait collection of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (PHL&M). Its archive of portraits is arranged by both the photographers’ and sitters’ names. By clicking on one of the two ARCHIVE menu links above, you can easily access the 400 + images in the PHL&M collection.

This website also serves the public by providing, via the EXHIBIT menu link, a virtual video tour and an audio tour of the Petaluma Museum Association’s exhibition, “Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers,” scheduled to be on display at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum from June 10 to September 24, 2017. This exhibition features portraits from the PHL&M as well as several other institutions. 

The BIBLIOGRAPHY menu link above contains an extensive list divided into sections of interest including Petaluma history, the early history of portrait photography, the care of vintage photographs and Sonoma County genealogical research.

The LINKS menu link above provides a list of URLs to other institutions’ collections, all which contain 19th century Petaluma portraits.

The LEGAL menu link provides you with copyright information and disclaimers. To ensure that your utilization of any image on this website is legal, please read the information provided there and the copyright information appended to each portrait.

The last menu link, CONTACTS & CREDITS, provides you with an email address where you can send your questions and/or share any 19th century Petaluma portraits you may possess.