Humboldt County Historical Society

Library Lecture Series

Monthly Programs Sponsored by the Humboldt County Historical Society

HCHS Events: Library Lecture Series

Library Lecture Programs sponsored and organized by the Humboldt County Historical Society are hosted at Humboldt County Library's main branch in Eureka on the first Saturday of every month (July, August, and February excluded). The programs are always FREE but capacity is limited - come early to reserve a seat!



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Sex, Drunks, and Alleged Insanity: Interpreting Historic Criminal Records with Morgan Harvey

  • Eureka Library 1313 3rd Street Eureka, CA, 95501 United States (map)

Humboldt County Historical Society research assistant Morgan Harvey will describe the collection of Humboldt County Jail register books (1888 - 1949) she has been working with since March. She will show how data from this collection invites researchers to position local historical narrative within a more clearly defined context. 

Morgan has been transforming the historic criminal records into a keyword-searchable digital resource with support from the Tracy Memorial Trust, a fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation. 

Join us for a demonstration of how data transferred from historic records may be interpreted, and how this data may be applied to larger research questions about race, class, and gender.