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Butte County Library

The mission of the Butte County Library is to provide all individuals, regardless of age, ethnic background, educational or economic level, with free access to ideas, information, and technology.

Originally established in the Butte County Charter in 1913, the Butte County Library system today consists of six branch libraries and a literacy program. Administrative offices for the Library are located in the Oroville Branch Library. The Library also serves residents through branches in Biggs, Chico, Durham, Gridley, and Paradise. 

Contact Information:

Butte County Library
1749 Spencer Ave.
Oroville, CA 95965
Telephone: (530) 538-7641
Email: buttehistory@sbcglobal.net

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Note : Interviewee sometimes takes long pauses. Interviewer gives wrap up at end, but then interviewee continues and is abruptly cut off. Description : Subjects of discussion are early Oroville, Evelyn's family, Morris Ravine, and George Perkins. Call Number : 2016-050-0016 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy...
Topics: californialightandsound, Buildings and Structures--Bridges--Bidwell Bar, Suspension Bridge...
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Note : Recording ends before questions and answer session. Description : Discussion of Ishi and his appearance at the slaughterhouse in August 1911. Call Number : 2016-050-0007 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education...
Topics: californialightandsound, History--Oral History--Community--Oroville, Ethnic, Minority and Gender...
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Description : Regarding the Bidwells, early 20th century Chico, and a trip she made with her father from Greenville to Chico in 1904. Elsie reminisced about staying with the Bidwells in Chico at the end of the trip. Call Number : 2016-050-0013 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights,...
Topics: californialightandsound, History--Oral History--Community--Chico, Transportation--Roads and...
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Note : First part of recording is interview with Polly Yori, who takes long pauses, then at 00:25:36 it switches to husband Charles Yori who is lower in level. Description : Polly (Mrs. Charles) Yori interviewed by Ruby Swartzlow; followed by brief interview of Charles Yori. Polly and Ruby spoke about items that had been donated by her to the Oroville Chinese Temple. Charles spoke regarding his immigration from Switzerland and his first years in the United States. Call Number : 2016-050-0008...
Topics: californialightandsound, Ethnic, minority and gender groups--Chinese, History--Oral, Buildings and...
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Note : Gap in recording from 00:01:45 until 00:03:50. Handling noise. Description : Patton spoke about the Western Canal (of which he was a manager) and Oroville history. Call Number : 2016-050-00036 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible...
Topics: californialightandsound, History--Oral History--Community--Oroville, Water--Water Transport--Great...
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Note : Program breaks up at end and stops abruptly.   Description : Regarding the Chinese, W.P. Hammon, Hamilton Bend, and the Moore family. Also discussed the Hamilton (aka Moore Family) Cemetery. Notes on original container :   "Regarding Milton Green Moore tape, July 14, 1967. Error - aunt was buried in family cemetery in 1860, not 1820. Grandfather paid $300.00 for ferry. Sister who fell in river while watching Indian fish was Anna. Miss Alice Byrne, teacher of Milton Moore called...
Topics: californialightandsound, History--Oral History--Community--Chico, Transportation--Roads and...
Source: Tape 1 of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape