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Finding Aids

Finding aids are indexes to special collections located in libraries, historical societies, and museums. Typically a finding aid provides description and biographical information about the collection as well as an inventory of primary source materials in the collection. Finding aids for HSU collections are linked in the Special Collections List of Collections. Listed below are finding aids to collections of important sources of information about some aspect of northwestern California that are NOT at the HSU Library. These finding aids are all on the Online Archive of California (OAC).

Other sources for finding aids are Archives West and ArchiveGrid, a database of descriptions of archival collections from the vendor OCLC.

California State Archives
Belotti (Frank P., Assemblymember) Papers, [1957-1972]
Collier (Randolph, Senator) Papers, 1939-1976 (See also Collier (Randolph) Papers 1945-1955 at Water Resources Center Archives (Calif.))
Hauser (Dan, Assemblymember) Papers, 1983-1996
Inventory of the Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers
State Land Office Records, 1852-1932


California State University Chico
Hill (Dorothy J.) Ethnological and Historical Photo Collection. See also the Dorothy Hill webpage at Chico.


Historical Sites Society of Arcata
Caskey (Ruth H.) Collection, 1890-1977


Humboldt State University
See the List of Collections - some of these include online finding aids.


Huntington Library, San Marino
Grace Nicholson Papers


Redwood National Park
Black (Peter) Collection, 1930-2005, bulk 1960-1978
Van de Mark (Dave) photograph collection, 1964-2006, bulk 1964-1978


University of California, Berkeley, The Bancroft Library
Conservation Associates Records, ca. 1959-1979
Department of Anthropology Records, 1901-[ongoing]
Dolbeer Carson Lumber Company Records, ca. 1884-1941
Elk River Mill and Lumber Co. Records, [1884-1933]
Ethnological Documents Collection of the Department and Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1875-1958 - HSU Library MF 2641; Finding aid Ref E 77 C352 2002
Kroeber (A.L.) Papers, 1869-1972 - HSU Library MF 2635
Merriam (C. Hart) Collection of Native American Photographs, ca. 1890-1938 (1441 images online) - HSU Library MF 2640
Merriam (C. Hart) Papers: Volume I: Papers Relating to Work with California Indians, 1850-1974 (bulk 1898-1938) - HSU Library MF 2639
Union Lumber Company Records


University of California, Berkeley, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology
California Ethnographic Field Photographs, 1900-1960 (3,305 images online)
Collection of Manuscripts from the Archaeological Archives of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Kroeber (Alfred L.) Ethnographic Photographs of California Indian and Sonora Indian Subjects, 1901-1930 (626 images online)


University of California, Davis, Special Collections
Slagle, Al Logan, 1950-2002


Water Resources Center Archives (Calif.)
A search for "Klamath" finds 21 collections.