Special Collections & University Archives

The vision of Humboldt State University Library Special Collections is to inspire scholarship through discovery and active participation with history, culture, and creativity.

Humboldt Lumberjacks v Chico Wildcats Ax 1946HSU Library’s Special Collections and Humboldt Room Collections connect our present with our past by providing research assistance and instruction in the use of primary sources, advanced research and digitization projects. At the same time, we are carefully curating and digitizing the growing archives of historical materials focused on HSU and Humboldt County. Students and researchers from around the world utilize the Library's Special Collections to explore the history of Humboldt State University, local natural resources, Native peoples, and primary industries from our extensive collections that make this unique research possible. Special Collections houses historic maps, photographs, rare books, and manuscript collections that cannot be found anywhere else. A wide cross-section of our campus and local community utilize HSU Library’s Special Collections from instructors who are integrating primary sources into their curriculum, to students who are designing innovative research projects, to residents researching local history and culture. Special Collections serves as a valuable partner in preserving and sharing Humboldt history.

Scholarly Publications - A Powerful Showcase for our Campus Community

Scholarly Communications provides information and support regarding the process academics, authors, scholars and researchers utilize to share and publish their work. In Fall 2015, the HSU Library launched the Humboldt State University Press, with our inaugural publication, The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome.

Humboldt Scholar Internships - Outstanding Portfolio Building for our Students

Humboldt RoomPlace-based study is a meaningful way for HSU students to engage in the community and feel connected. The HSU Library provides paid Humboldt Scholar Internships for students to engage in high-impact projects utilizing HSU Press, HSU Digital Commons, Humboldt Digital Scholar, Omeka, and other scholarly communications tools, to publish books, research data, curate digital humanities projects such as The Humboldt Redwoods Project, and to support journal publications such as Toyon.




Donations will cover the creation of a new research space and UV filtered glass walls to protect the Humboldt Room Collections.

Goal: $80,000 - $120,000

3D Rendering of the future home of HSU Library's Special Collections and Archives:

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