Library Spotlights Special Collections - Humboldt State Now

Library Spotlights Special Collections

This month’s exhibit in the first floor Display Case at the Humboldt State University Library is titled HSU Library Special Collections: Looking Back at 15 Years, a selection of recent acquisitions and digitized older photograph collections from the Humboldt Room, assembled by Librarian Joan Berman and her recently-retired colleague, Archivist Edie Butler. The exhibit was designed and installed by summer intern and HSU alumna Brittany Britton (2012).

The exhibit prefigures HSU’s 2013 Centennial Celebration, reaching back to the school’s earliest years of artifacts, photographs and memorabilia, as well as sampling subsequent developments and the Humboldt Room’s acquisitions since 1997, when Berman and Butler assumed responsibility for the Humboldt Room.

This aerial view from the newly-digitized Palmquist/Yale Collection captures Arcata circa the 1950s.

Featured collections in the exhibit highlight a unique collecting emphasis on environmental history. They include:

New- or newly-digitized collections are:

HSU Library Special Collections: Looking Back at 15 Years will be on display through Aug. 31. The online version will be posted in the near future on the Humboldt Room webpage: