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Crannell: An Exhibit from the Collections of
HSU Library Humboldt Room, 11/15/11-2/6/12

“How can HSU Library Special Collections help you envision and understand a ‘Place’ in Humboldt County over time?”

This exhibit begins to answer that question by using the example of Crannell, including its company, the Little River Redwood Company, and neighboring town, Trinidad. We chose this example because our partner in at least one of the collections featured here, the Trinidad Museum Society, is just opening an exhibit on Crannell in its historical photograph room. See both exhibits!

This exhibit is based on Collections and Collaboration.

WHAT IS A COLLECTION…
In addition to the items cataloged for the Humboldt County Collection and Archives, which are listed in the HSU Library Catalog and shelved in the Humboldt Room, other collections exist. Major collections have their own web pages as well as a record in the Library Catalog and/or a Finding Aid.

WHAT IS A FINDING AID…
Finding aids provide detailed information about a collection to answer these questions and more: Who created the collection? And why? How did the collection come to the Library? What actually is in this collection? Where can I use this collection? Is the collection online? Is the finding aid online?

FOUR COLLECTIONS ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN THIS EXHIBIT…

Balke Collection (available by appointment; use finding aid)
Crannell, Little River Redwood Company; 1906-1963; 2 cubic feet

Boyle Photograph Collection (1,795 images online)
Trinidad, Crannell, logging, 1900-1960s; 2 boxes

Northwestern California Forest Communities (available on the web)
Themed collection with representative examples from several collections

Warren Photograph Collection (available by appointment; use finding aid)
Little River Redwood Company, Crannell; 1880s-1954; 74 images online

The exhibit was designed by Joan Berman, Special Collections Librarian (and Board member of the Trinidad Museum Society) and installed by Stephanie Mitten and Petra Wilkenson, interns in the HSU Museum and Gallery Practices Certificate program, fall 2011.

THE EXHIBIT