Wyckoff Collection

Wyckoff Collection Sample

bicycle racer speaks to a reporter holding a microphone

Greg LeMond receiving plaque at 1986 Father's Day Bicycle Classic in Nevada City, CA.

bicycle racers group racing down broad street in downtown nevada city

Bicycle racers pass the Mulloy Home, Nevada City. 

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water in a creek rushing past historic buildings

High water on Deer Creek


Deer Creek flooding; looking towards Sacramento Street. Photograph taken prior to building of Golden Center Freeway (Highway 49); Broad Street Bridge would be visible in picture today.

four men, two without shirts, talk with two men in formal attire

Formal and casual in Nevada City, 1970s.


Robert M. Wyckoff (1928-2014) was a long-time writer and photographer for the Union newspaper in Grass Valley, California. His articles appeared in several California newspapers and were used by the Associated Press, United Press International, and Copley News Services. Wyckoff was active in the successful effort to preserve the hydraulic mining around North Bloomfield which resulted in the establishment of Malakoff Diggins State Park. From 1971 to the 1980s, he was the historic preservation officer for Nevada City. He wrote and published several books, including Walking Tours and Twice-Told Tales of Grass Valley, Hydraulicking: A Brief History of Hydraulic Mining in Nevada County; and The Compleat Pedestrian’s Partially Illustrated Guide to Greater Nevada City.

The Robert M. Wyckoff Collection includes thousands of photographs taken by Wyckoff, as well as historical photographs he collected and often used to illustrate his articles. His photographs reflect restoration and renovation projects in Nevada City; the controversial building of the Golden Center Freeway (Highway 49) through the center of Nevada City; local events; and vacations and events in his personal life. The Collection also includes personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, books, articles, photographs, theatrical materials, and programs.

The photographs in this digital repository are a small fraction of the number in the overall collection. To view the full collection visit this website