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About the DHRG

Purposes, Organization, Funding, Membership


The purpose of the Davis History Research Group -- "the Group" -- is to advance research on the history of Davis, California. This goal is pursued in several ways.

Bibliography On This Site

Foremost among those several ways, it maintains this free-to-the-public web site that strives to provide an increasingly comprehensive bibliography of Davis history publications and related sources and resources.

This bibliographic goals poses a task that can be thought of as an edited book or anthology. Such a book has an editor, but the editor does not write the book. Instead, the chapters are the contributions of various authors. Applying that analogy, each of the bibliographic documents in the on this site is a chapter in an ever-expanding multi-authored book.

The document titled "Suggestions on Doing a Davis History Bibliography" in folder 1.2. explains how anyone interested can go about constructing a bibliographic chapter for presentation on this site.

Purposes Beyond Bibliography

Iin addition and when possible, the Group seeks to conduct research, to assist relevant researchers, to respond to public inquiries, to publish items on Davis history, and to organize Davis history lectures, seminars, and conferences.

A History Archive and Research Organization

The Group views itself as both a history archive and a history research organization. Other history archive organizations include, for example, the Yolo County Archives, the UCD Shields Library Department of Special Collections, and The California State Archives. Other history research organizations include the California Historical Society, the Western History Association, and the Agricultural History Society.

A  Research,  Not Political or Heritage, Organization

The Group does not take positions on political questions outside its immediate research mission. However, it regards Davis history as a public good and encourages widespread knowledge of it and its use by individuals, groups, and communities.

Even though it does not advocate or act on political matters such as historic preservation and heritage celebration, it respects the roles and missions of history organizations so engaged. The Group's single goal of advancing research on Davis history sets it off from these associations and, at the same time, complements them.

Organization and Funding

The Group is a voluntary association whose administration and projects are funded by member and friend contributions. The intentionally small size of the Group facilitates collegial decision-making.

Membership and Projects

DHRG members welcome new members who are actively interested in advancing research on Davis history. Contact DHRG Coordinator John Lofland at

It is hoped that new members will display their active interests by contributing to or leading DHRG projects.

At this time, developing bibliographic "chapters" on  this web site is the major DHRG project. While not required, a new member is strongly encouraged to compile such a chapter.

Additional types of Group projects that might be undertaken include conducting original research on Davis history, assisting other researchers, responding to public inquiries, publishing items on Davis history, and organizing Davis history lectures, seminars and conferences.

A new (or existing) member can take the lead in any of these types of projects.

This site provided with the assistance of the Davis Community Network.