Photos wanted for hardcover pictorial history book about Merced County

The Merced Sun-Star is teaming with the Merced County Courthouse Museum, Castle Air Museum and others to put together a special hardcover pictorial history book about Merced County, and your help is needed.

The heirloom quality, coffee table book “Merced County Memories The Early Years: 1800s to 1950” is meant to offer a glimpse of the county from its first images through 1950 and is expected to feature hundreds of photos.

Readers have been asked to bring photographs from years gone by to one of several sessions, where the photos will be scanned for the book.

To be part of the book, the pictures must fit guidelines determined by the participating organizations. The pictures must be of general interest: industry, transportation, rural life, service or other subjects.

Each entry must be a photo, not a photocopy or newspaper clipping. The picture has to have captured something in Merced County from the 1800s to 1950, and no more than 10 photos are allowed from each family.

Private collectors of photos may be able to submit more than 10 by calling (360) 687-6731.

There are four scanning sessions around the county:

Each photo must be accompanied by a submission form. Organizers recommend downloading or picking up a form and filling it out before arriving at the scanning sessions.

To order the book or get forms to submit photos, go to