The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research is part of the Nevada County Library system. It is housed in a Romanesque Revival architectural style Carnegie library building completed in 1907. Construction costs were approximately $10,000. It was originally the Nevada City Library and today the building is still owned by the city. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Library contains research materials regarding Nevada County history. All materials are for in-Library use only; though many of the books are available at other branches for check out.
The daily operation of the branch is currently handled by the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries volunteers. Since April of 2010, the Library has been and continues to be staffed entirely by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Please contact the history branch if you are interested in volunteering.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact us or Visit us:
211 N. Pine Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
email us: email@example.com
Resources available at the Foley Library date from the early 1850s and include:
- Ancestry.com (access available at the library)
- Census Data
- Directories and phone books
- Genealogy Information
- Indexes (cemeteries; naturalizations; marriage, birth and baptism; death records)
- Mining Collection (maps and records)
- Mortuary Records
- Newspapers (including The Grass Valley Daily Union 1865-1885 ; California Digital Newspaper Collection, a freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present)
- Cornish Collection
- Probate and Tax records
- Indexes of Vital Records (actual records are at the County Recorder's office)
- Voter Registries
- A large collection of books about the people and history of Nevada County
- More Materials...
Volunteers are available to assist visitors. Photocopies are 20 to 55 cents each, depending on the paper size.
At-a-distance researchers can contact the library by phone or email. Volunteers will locate and photocopy an obituary or article for a total of 15 minutes for a fee of $3 plus the cost of photocopies and postage. Additional research beyond the scope of 15 minutes is $13 an hour plus the cost of photocopies and postage.
Please be as specific and precise as possible with your query as that allows us to maximize our search time and provide you with the most helpful information.
Parking is available on the street (metered) and in the following lots:
Nevada Street Municipal Lot (metered, 4 hour limit)
Spring Street Municipal Lot (metered, 2 hour limit upper lot, 4 hour limit lower lot)
Commercial Street Municipal Lot (metered, 3 hour limit)
Nevada City Veterans’ Hall
County Courthouse (weekends only)