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Local History - Humboldt

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Humboldt County History

Introduction to Library Materials

Many useful resources are available in the College of the Redwoods Library, including books, reference books, Ebooks, and videos. Additional resources may be available at the Del Norte or Humboldt County Libraries and Humboldt State University Library. Visit those libraries' websites to search their catalogs. Use OneSearch to find books and other resources about your topic in the CR library and selected, college-level resources on the web.

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Note: Even though we are closed for most in-person use during Fall 2020, print books can still be checked out by calling the library at 707-476-4260 to request the book(s) you want.  Requested items can either be picked up in person by arrangement or they can be mailed to your house. 

Call Numbers

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the call numbers used at College of the Redwoods, Dewey decimal call numbers are used at Humboldt County Public Library. 

Using the history related search words or any words relating to your topic, use the suggested call number ranges to browse for titles of interest, or consult the list of recommended books below.

Suggested Library of Congress call number ranges for browsing:

E 99                 Indian Tribes and Cultures

F 859-869        California History

HD 9759           Manufacturing Industries

TF 24               Railroad Engineering and Manufacturing

Suggested Dewey Decimal call number ranges for browsing:

978 General history of North America Western United States 
979 General history of North America Great Basin & Pacific Slope 

These call number ranges can include: United States and the Americas history. Be sure to also check in the Oversize collection, these are larger books that require a larger shelf. Books with large illustrations, charts, and diagrams are more likely to be oversized. There are online books and reference books not listed so check the catalogs. 

There may be books about history related ideas about automobiles, economics, or social history; however, these are easier to find by searching the book catalog by subject words. See the links inside the catalog searches for other subject searches click on these to expand your search.

Humboldt County Books in the CR Library's General Collection.

Humboldt County History Books in the CR Library's General Collection.