Humboldt History Digitization Day

photo of laptop and scanner

Your History Matters! Celebrate & Preserve It @ HSU Library

Community members are invited to digitally preserve their individual, family, or special histories. In celebration of American Archives Month, HSU Library Special Collections is hosting Humboldt History Digitization Day on Saturday, November 16th from noon to 4pm in the Special Collections research room on the third floor of the HSU Library.

You can digitize your documents and photographs using HSU Special Collections scanners, store them on hard-drives or flash-drives, or share them through social media. A technician and archivist will be on site to teach and assist everyone with the digitization process.

Join us - Please RSVP at

  • Sign up for a 20-minute digitization slot.
  • Prioritize 10 items to scan - a great starting point for digitizing and learning about archiving.
  • If you have your own flash-drive or hard-drive, please bring it, or we can provide a flash-drive. Supplies are limited.


  • Please be aware of copyright that limits what you can scan. If you created it, that means you have the copyright; if it was a photograph from a photography studio, you need their permission. We can explain more when you are here.
  • Don’t digitize personal information like addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers. That’s information that should stay private.
  • Materials should be able to lie flat on a scanner.  Fragile items are not recommended. 

Bring 10 items like these examples

  • Single or multi-page documents such as newsletters or smaller maps
  • Flat documents such as letters and posters up to 8 ½” x 11”
  • Photographs up to 8 ½” x 11”

Digitization Day will not include the following at this time

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Film
  • Large rolled panoramic photographs, maps, or posters
  • 3D Objects

Humboldt History Digitization Day is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Competitive Grant by the California State Library to promote historical preservation and digitization as a facet of digital literacy.