Humboldt State University

Formal seal of Humboldt State University
Humboldt State University (HSU) is a comprehensive, residential campus of the California State University. It is located in Arcata - just south of Redwood National and State Parks.

HSU welcomes students from California and the world to it's campus. It is a park partner for many reasons, one of them is that HSU serves it's student community by providing a wide array of programs and activities that promote understanding of social, economic and environmental issues. Much in-park research is conducted by HSU students and faculty, as well as HSU providing the park tremedous amounts of research material and curatorial collections. Many seasonal, term and permanent park employees are HSU students and graduates.

Humboldt State University Library Special Collections

HSU Library Special Collections is the premier research center for the study of the primary industries, Native peoples, and natural resources of northwestern California. Researchers visit from around the world to see original maps, photographs, diaries, and manuscript collections documenting this unique region. One of the collection strengths is the history of Northern California lumber industries and the history of Redwood National Park.


As part of Redwood National Park's 50th anniversary (2018), HSU Special Collections developed an internship program in partnership with the Redwood National Park to make collections related to the redwoods more available to the public. Eighteen Library Interns have worked together to create a database of digitized material and digital exhibits to highlight the collections, research and history of Redwood National Park. The digital collection “Researching the Redwoods” is now available to the public.


Learn About The Latest Redwoods Reasearch

Research from HSU continues to reveal the wonders of the different habitats found in the park. The Forest Physiology Lab is a great place to find out the latest news and discoveries.

Last updated: April 15, 2019

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