Lynn Downey is a native California writer, archivist and historian and the fifth generation of her family to live in the beautiful city of Sonoma. After a thirty-year career as an in-house archivist and historian, Downey is now a historical and archival consultant. She works with museums, businesses and non-profits to create archives, curate exhibits, write books and plan anniversaries.
Downey has been writing since childhood but did not get paid for it until 1985, when she started publishing articles and book reviews in journals such as California History and The Public Historian, among others. She is also the author and/or editor of six books.
Her latest book is "Arequipa Sanatorium: Life in California’s Lung Resort for Women." Downey tells the story of her grandmother’s experience in a northern California tuberculosis sanatorium called Arequipa, during the Jazz Age of the late 1920s.
Downey is a member of the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, PEN/America, the California Historical Society, the Society of California Archivists and the Arizona Historical Society. I am also a board member and former chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy in San Rafael, California.