Humboldt County Historical Society

Government Collections

From the Barnum House Archive

Government collections include record books, historical documents, correspondence, ephemera, and published reports.  These collections are found in the Ledger Room on the second floor of the Barnum House. If you have a question about these collections please submit a research request.


City of Eureka

Eureka Volunteer Fire Department
Hose Company no. 1 (1994.034, 2018.022) 1 box
Hose Company no. 5 (2018.022, 2000.060) 2 boxes
Eureka Volunteer Fire Department Annual Reports (2001.018) 1 box

Eureka Police Department Collection Courtesy of the Clarke Historical Museum
Registers of Arrests, 1900-48 (2018.022) 11 ledgers
Jail Registers, 1913-48 (2018.022) 6 ledgers
“Register of Sleepers,” 1948 (2018.022) 1 ledger
Traffic Violations, 1934-45 (2018.022) 1 ledger

Eureka Police Court
“Cash Books” of Bails and Fines, 1898 - 1952 (YD 2208-10, BK 673, BK 1235-38) 9 ledgers
Court Docket Indexes, 1908-10 (YD 2415-16) 2 ledgers
Court Dockets

Various Eureka City Records
Jury Fees, 1949-57 (2008.116) 1 box
Delinquent Property Tax Records, circa 1920s - 40s (2008.116) 2 boxes
Register of Dogs, 1932-47 (YD 3237-39) 1 box
Elections (1999.034) 2 boxes
Public Works, circa 1850s - 80s (1999.034) 1 box
Charters and Ordinances (2004.145) 1 box
Mooring Basin Receipts, 1948-54 (2008.116.05) 1 box
Payroll Slips, circa 1930s - 40s (2008.116.07) 1 box
Deeds and Land Claims, 1858-72 (1999.034) 1 box
Road District Ledger, 1858 (1993.18.06) 1 ledger
Eureka Freeway Collection (2009.159) 1 box
Eureka Library Collection 1 box
Eureka Recreation Commission (from Roscoe) 1 box

Other City Collections

Arcata City Records
Arcata Freeway Collection (2011.039) 1 box
Arcata Post Office Collection (1999.085) 2 boxes
Business Groups (2018.028) 1 box
Parks & Recreation 1 box
Arcata Fire Department Building, 1957 1 booklet

Ferndale City Records
Ferndale Building Association Collection 1 box

McKinleyville City Records
Sewage Collection System Collection (2005.124.01) 1 box

Southern Humboldt Area Records
Coroner Inquest Transcripts, 1920s - 30s (2009.068) 1 box

Trinidad City Records
Justice Court of Trinidad, 1907-23 1 ledger

Van Duzen Township Records
Justice Court of Van Duzen, 1919-34 (1993.18.13) 1 ledger

Humboldt County Collections

Humboldt County Employees Association Scrapbook Collection (1997.28.01-03) 1 box
Humboldt County Purchasing Department Vendor Ledgers (2009.067) 3 boxes
Humboldt County Land Office Correspondence, 1864 - 1907 (1992.10) 1 box
Humboldt County Treasurer Reports, 1853-63 and 1966-71 1 box
Medical Licence Register, 1891 - 1916 (2008.6000, 1993.16, 1993.21) 1 box
Humboldt County Surveyor Field Book, 1899 - 1903
Humboldt County Grand Jury Handbooks and Manuals (2009.111) 2 boxes and many loose booklets
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Collection (2004.131) 5 boxes
Humboldt County Courthouse & Jail Specifications 1 box

Humboldt County Sheriff T.M. Brown Collection
Wanted Notices, 1892 - 1909 1 box

Humboldt County Road District Collection
Road Overseer’s Accounts, 1860-63 1 ledger
Road Assessment List (1993.21.10) 1 ledger

Miscellaneous Trial Records, 1920s - 70s 3 boxes

Ina Harris Labor Movement Collection 3 boxes

Federal Organizations & Offices

Department of Agriculture Weather Bureau Collection
Signal Service Ledgers
Weather Station Correspondence (2010.049) 2 boxes
Letters Received, 1891-1912 1 box
Various Weather Records 6 boxes

District Court of Appeals
Drake v. City of Eureka (2008.141.01) 1 box

Post Office Records
Shelter Cove, 1909-29
Island Mountain, 1918
Eureka, 1963
Crannell, 1932-39
Weitchpec, 1905-06
Swauger/Loleta, 1893-1914 (YD 0005) 1 box
Fred Nelson’s Post Office Collection (2013.111.117-18) 1 box