The Kathy Leighton Resource Center houses the thousands of documents, photographs, books, maps, binders, histories, newspapers and other memorabilia that members of ECCHS have collected over the last 46 years to preserve our local history.
We have histories that cover Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen and Oakley, plus information on Contra Costa County and beyond. Included are over 450 family files with information on many of the pioneer and prominent families of East County. In addition, there are more than 20,000 photographs, original court documents and other valuable historical items (including a journal written by Charles Marsh, son of John Marsh).
There are newspapers dating back to the early 1900s and over 50 maps of importance to the East County area. We have Liberty Union High School yearbooks (from 1902 to the present) and several local elementary school annuals. Scrapbooks donated by several organizations and individuals are available for researchers. There are a number of bookcases in the Center that are filled with Binders containing histories of local fraternal clubs, libraries, law enforcement, doctors and hospitals, schools, churches, fire departments and other subjects, as well as over 350 hard-bound and paper-back books on the history of this area, on Native Americans, on Contra Costa County and many books authored by local citizens.
East Contra Costa Historical Society is proud of the rich history of our area and welcomes community members to visit the Resource Center for a first-hand look at the myriad of information supporting research on our area from 1850 to the present time. Resources of the ECCHS have provided information to high school and college students, news reporters, genealogy researchers, and even State of California consultants. Our collection of photographs have provided wall decorations for the John Muir Medical Center, Trader Joe’s, Brentwood Café and other commercial establishments as well as for publications such as Welcome Guide to Brentwood.
Historian Kathy Leighton and her dedicated assistants have been sorting, cataloging, and filing all of the memorabilia so it is available to those that are looking for information or doing research. They are also working to scan all of the documents, pictures and other items so they can easily be retrieved and printed in the future.
The Resource Center is open for research
Monday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00pm