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California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico, Special Collections Meriam Library
400 West First Street
Chico, California 95929-0295
Phone: (530) 898-6603
Fax: (530) 898-4443
Email: SpecialCollections@csuchico.edu
Collections with online items: 9
Physical collections: 83
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Abstract of title to block 8, lot 3, Chico

Contains one 41 page abstract of title, covering the time period 1865 to 1899. Block 8 is located in downtown Chico, between Broadway and Main and directly south of 2nd Street. The abstract was requested by W.J. Costar. H.D. Lausen...

Abstract of title to the Albertson tract

Contains one 85 page abstract of title, covering 1879 to 1895. Additional information dating from 1897 to 1905 is included. The abstract was requested by H.G. Cave. The abstractors were Lausen and Fetherston....

Abstract of title to the Danish tract of the Farwell Grant

The first part of the abstract is missing and the cover is separated. Requested by J.A. Hill on November 29, 1887, the abstract is for lots 20 and 21 of the Danish tract of the Farwell Grant, located in Butte...

Asbill (Frank) Papers

Typescript of Frank Asbill’s: “The Last of the West”, “The First and Last of the West”, and “The End of the Last of the West.” Some of the typescripts are incomplete.

B. Neil & Company account book at Fort Crook.

B. Neil & Company account book of Fort Crook, a California military postin the Fall River Valley of Shasta County.

Baldwin, (W.T.) notes on California land grants

This collection contains typed and hand-written notes on land grants in California, including sizes and purchasers of properties. The notes relate to Butte County, Tehama County and Colusa County, during the 18th and 19th centuries. The notes were created between...

Bidwell (John) account book.

Account book of flour mill and cannery businesses dated June 8, 1887 through October 24, 1887.

Bidwell (John) Papers

The John Bidwell Papers came to the Special Collections Department from several different sources. The main bulk of the records are original documents, correspondence kept by Bidwell regarding the day to day operation of the Rancho Arroyo Chico, come from...

Bidwell Mansion Architectural Drawings

Collection of Bidwell Mansion architectural drawings

Blue Hog Channel of Frontier Mining Property Report

The collection consists of a five page report on the Frontier Mining Property, “Blue Hog Channel”, in Butte County, California, dated October 26, 1933.

Brumagim (Mark) Collection

The Brumagim Collection mainly consists of personal correspondence, including a number of letters from Brumagim to his family and friends in New York. Miscellaneous correspondence between Lillie Brumagim and her friends and relatives is a component of the collection, in...

Butte County Roads Petitions and Reports

This collection contains petitions and reports and other documents related to early Butte County roads and other transportation such as ferries and bridges.

California State University, Chico Public Affairs and Publications Records

This collection contains news releases, subject files, reports, photographs, publications, and records that pertain to the departments, events and the promotion of California State University, Chico.

Chapman (Sarah A.) diary.

Diary of Sarah Chapman after her husband Gus Chapman died.

Chapone (John) lettres patent

Property rights document.

Chico Army Air Field Collection

The collection consists of materials assembled by Nena Vartabedian Childs during and after her employment at the Post Exchange on the Chico Army Air Field base. The collection includes: correspondence, brochures, photos, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and publications: THE FLYER 1942-1945...

Chico Grange Records

The Chico Grange was established in 1932 to give support and create opportunities for the rural and agricultural communities of Butte County. The collection consists of organizational records for Chico Grange 1932-1993, including minutes, reports, membership, correspondence, financial, journals, handbooks...

Chico High School Parent Teacher Association minutes

The Chico High School Parents’ Teachers’ Association or Chico High PTA minutes span from 1917 to 1932. Included in the collection are a few newspaper clippings of the group’s events....

Chico Unified School District Meeting Minutes

Collection contains the minutes of board meetings; minutes are missing from 1889 to 1995. Some of the volumes coincide in dates as the transitions between the governance of the elementary and high school and unified boards overlap. The collection does...

Chico Women's Club Records

The records of the Chico Women’s Club contains documents relating to the clubs administrative activities, projects, and club history.

Compton (Bee Patrick and Adam M.)Letters

The bulk of the collection is personal letters written by Bee Patrick Compton to Adam M. Compton during their courtship and early years of marriage. The rest of the correspondence deals with Adam’s ranching business.

CSUC Anthropology 443 Student Projects

The collection consists of student ethnographic film projects.

CSUC Communication Design 396 Student Projects

The collection consists of student rephotography projects of a historic local image or visual ephemera.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Delta Omicron Chapter Records

The records of the Delta Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honors organization for women in education, contains documents relating to the chapter’s administrative activities, projects and club history.

Diamond Match bulletins and matchbook designs

The collection predominantly contains the Diamond Match Company's Good-Fellowship bulletins from 1923 to 1947, which contain general announcements and news, articles and information on persons related to the company. Also contained are match book design themes, a scrapbook and issues...

Discovery Claims of Scholes Quartz Sedge Scott Valley

An April 10, 1866 handwritten claim for the Scholes Quartz Sedge Scott Valley Discovery Claim.

Diseño del Rancho del Arroyo Chico

Diseño del Rancho del Arroyo Chico, handdrawn in 1846, purchase from William Dickey in 1849, was granted and confirmed to John Bidwell in 1859. Deeds, grants and map showing Arroyo Chico (Big Chico Creek), Arroyo Sacramento (Sacramento River), Arroyo Seco.

Durham Ranch Records

Robert Durham inherited a part of Samuel Neal's Rancho Esquon in 1859. William W. Durham, a nephew, inherited it from Robert and built up the ranch, adding a mill and almond orchards.

Durkee (Frank B.) Papers

Frank Bidwell Durkee was an attorney and director of Public Works for the State of California. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, maps, and scrapbooks.

Engle (Clair) Collection

This collection spans the political career of Clair Engle from 1933 - 1964 with additions through 1979, topics include: Legislative Files, Legislative Correspondence, General Files, Mining, Congressional Records, Speeches, Statements, Broadcasts, Guest Books, Press Releases, Invitations, Tapes, Campaign Materials, Voting...

Feather River Pine Mills Records

The collection contains records of the Feather River Pine Mills Company, formerly known as the Hutchinson Lumber Company. The records cover mill and logging operations and production, as well as forest management.

Forests of the Sierra Nevada by Robert Cermak

The unfinished book discusses the Sierra Nevada mountain environment during the California gold rush.

Goldner (Orville) Papers

Orville Goldner Papers, 1935-1957 consisting of correspondence, photographs, a script. The bulk of the material deals with the California Department of Education and his photographs of migrant farm workers and their children.

Hammon (Wendell P. 1854-1939) Prospecting Log Books

Wendell P. Hammon (1854-1939) Prospecting Log Books of Shasta and Trinity County.

Hammon (Wendell P. 1918-2006) Typescript: Gold Dredger as an Instrument of Conservation

Article “The California dredger as an instrument of conservation” with rejection letter from Olaf P. Jenkins, Chief, State of California Department of Natural Resources Division of Mines, California journal of mines and geology.

Hanson (William P.) Diaries, 1849, 1862-1889.

The diaries of William Hanson describe his life as a rancher in Yuba County from 1862-1879, then moving to Willows, California until his death in 1889. It includes recollections of Honorable D. M. Hanson crossing the Plains in 1849, written...

Hill (Dorothy Morehead) Collection

The collection of Native Americans of Northeastern California materials is organized by people, places, tribes, titles, subject and research files and field notes.

Hutchinson (William H.) Diamond Match and Lumber Collection, 1870 – 1958

The collection consists of research materials on Diamond Match Company and lumber industry in Northern California.

Hutchinson (William H.) Local History & Politics Collection, 1934 – 1989

The collection contains research materials on Chico and Butte County civic and political activities.

Hutchinson (William H.) Papers

The collection consists of research materials on Chico and local history, material for history class taught at California State University, Chico, and material on pheasant farms.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Durham Lodge No. 311 Records

Records of the Durham Oddfellows lodge No. 311

Johnson Swartzlow (Ruby) Papers

The papers mostly comprise research information on Peter Lassen, complied by Ruby Swartzlow.

Land Family Photographs and Records

The collection contains the photographs and business records of Feather River Pine Mills and the Land family, including, correspondence, financial statements, reports, and legal documents. The majority of the collection consists of photographs and negatives documenting mill construction and logging...

Lassen Lumber and Box Company Records.

Lassen Lumber and Box Company operated in Susanville, CA. The collection contains copies of administrative materials and photographs.

Lind (Henry) Lassen Trail Scrapbook

The scrapbook created by Lind of the journey he took by automobile of the Lassen Trail across the Sierras June 1941.

Lingenfelter (Keith) Collection

The collection consists of 34 boxes divided by headings: Genealogy: Married (Boxes 1-16). Genealogy: Unmarried (Boxes 17-19), Marriages, Death Certificates, Cemetery Records (Boxes 22-23), Tehama County Probate Files (Boxes 24-25), Census Records (1852-1880), Miscellaneous Research (Boxes 27- 30) and Newspaper...

Merrill (Austin H.) Papers

The Austin H. Merrill Papers consist of correspondence, reports, diagrams, and photographs (some with accompanying negatives) related to mines and mining in Shasta County, Butte County, Mexico, Alaska, Oregon, and Nevada.

Morehead family papers

The collection contains deeds, legal materials, bills, receipts and account books pertaining to and created by the Morehead Ranch, company and family while in operation and residing within Butte County and Chico. Other materials include notebooks, diaries and biographical information...

Moroney (Dorothea Reddy) Papers

The Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers consists of correspondence, reports, magazine articles, a photocopy of a Quitclaim Deed, a United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey Preliminary Geologic map with Sections of the Northeastern part of the SEIAD Quadrangle, Siskiyou...

Mount Lassen Area Council, Boy Scouts of America collection

The collection contains history of camp, programs and camp songs.

Mud Creek Glacier Photo Album

Photographs of Mud Creek Glacier on Mt. Shasta in August and September of 1924. Warmer weather caused a melting of the glacier, sending down the canyon a wall of water, mud, sand, and rock.

Northern California Gravestone Typology Collection

The research project examines six Northern California cemeteries of Cherokee, Coutolenc, Marysville, Nimshew, Oroville Pioneer and Thompson Flat. The project documents gravestones of the cemeteries with photographs. A typology was created of material, marker type, design, membership symbols, epitaph, age,...

Pacific Constructors, Inc. Shasta Dam Photo Album

The photo album contains 89 photographs detailing construction progress of the Shasta Dam by Pacific Constructors, Inc.

Park Hotel Company records

Board ledgers, account and minute books spanning the entire period of the Park Hotel’s operation in Chico, 1888-1947, make up the collection. Also included is a deed, from John Bidwell to the Park Hotel, dated March 15, 1887....

Pray (Ada Jordan) Papers

The collection includes photo albums, scrap books, correspondence, music programs, a handwritten recipe book. For a more detailed listing see finding aid available in Special Collections....

Richardson (Bruce) Papers

Hand-written letters make up the bulk of the collection. The letters were primarily written by Bruce Richardson while he was living in the Philippines, from 1904 to 1941. Other correspondences were addressed to Bruce Richardson or referenced him in some...

Richardson Family Papers

The Richardson family owned large land holdings north of Chico on which they raised cattle. The resort of Richardson Springs was developed on a part of this property. This collection consists of deeds, mortgages, title abstracts, agreements, a share certificate...

Richardson (Larry) Cemetery Collection

Collection of cemetery and burial sites mostly in Butte County, California.

Sacramento Valley Sugar Company Records

Business records for Sacramento Valley Sugar Company 1905-1958, consisting of correspondence, financial, administrative, legal, and property documents.

Searching for answers: Retracing a Hmong heritage, short film by Dee Thao.

Thao studies her family’s journey to the United States seeking a connection to her Hmong heritage. Her family became refugees from Laos during the Vietnam War. The documentary begins at her family home in Oroville California. Thao along with Tony...

Shover (Michele) Blacks in Chico research collection

Research files for publications: Blacks in Chico, 1860-1935: climbing the slippery slope, and Black life in the Sacramento Valley, 1850-1934.

Soroptimist International of Chico Records

The collection contains meeting minutes, newsletters, press books, song books, scrapbooks, financial reports, programs, bylaws, publicity, and correspondence of the Soroptimist International of Chico.

Spring Valley Mining and Irrigation Company Records

The Spring Valley Mining and Irrigation Company was founded in 1875 as a result of the consolidation of earlier companies and mining claims. Hydraulic mining was carried on by the company until 1887. A. W. Mellon of Pittsburgh bought the...

Stansbury (Oscar) Papers

When F.S. (Bob) Clough finished writing his history of the Stansbury family, he gave the ledgers and other family papers upon which the book was based, to the Association for Northern California Records and Research (ANCRR). In 1978, ANCRR gave...

Stearns (Amos K.) Diaries

Dr. Stearns kept diaries and accounts of his life and money troubles during the years 1857-1883. In 1973 the Library at California State University, Chico obtained permission to photocopy these diaries. They are listed as close to a chronological order...

Stilson (Charles L.) Papers

Diaries and legal note books of Charles L. Stilson, topics cover many prominent events in Chico and surrounding area.

Stroing (Adair) Daughters of Rebekah and Independent Order of Odd Fellows collection

The collection contains administrative records, manuals, scrapbooks, and publications Daughters of Rebekah and Independent Order of Odd Fellows in California, mostly Greenville.

Stuhl (Edward) Papers

Diaries and journals of Edward Stuhl. Also includes correspondences, clippings, photographs, maps, water color paintings. Most of material relates to mountain climbing in California, Oregon, Washington, and Mexico. Four boxes contain material about Mount Shasta.

Sucker Flat Mine Stereographs

The stereographs in this collection contain photographs from between 1870 and 1871. They show hydraulic mining performed by the Gold Point Mining Company, Blue Point Gold Mine, Union Claim Mine, S.C.H.M. Company, and Rose Bar Claim at Sucker Flat, Yuba...

Surprise Valley Township Road Tax receipts.

Surprise Valley Township Road Tax receipts dated October 10, 1866.

Trinity Dredging Company Papers

The collection contains bylaws of the corporation, minutes of meetings, lists of stockholders and correspondence with them. Also included are papers relating to land claims, company operations, financial information and reports, and business correspondence. Blueprints are for dredges designed by...

Turner (Janet) Papers

The collection consists of correspondence material on printmaking techniques and photographs of wildlife.

Whittemore (Tom) Papers

The collection includes documents relating to local theaters that Tom Whittemore managed and general theater issues.

Wide Awake Quicksilver Mine Records

The collection includes reports and correspondence concerning the Wide Awake Quicksilver Mine, and its owner A. A. Gibson, as well as photographs depicting mine operations.

Wood (R.E.) Scrapbook

The Scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper clippings, advertisements and articles about and by R. E. Wood, landscape photographer and inventor.

Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields Records

The records in this collection were discovered in the offices of the Western Water Company in 2003, and pertain to Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields. The records dated 1901-1929, include legal documents, deeds, business records, correspondence, reports, acknowledgements, proposals, agreements, financial...

Yuba Consolidated Industries Records

This collection includes photographs, photo albums, negatives, and blueprints pertaining to the operations of Wendall P. Hammon, Yuba Construction Company and Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields. Photographs, albums, negatives and blueprints relate to the dredging, manufacturing, and mining activities of the...

Yuba Manufacturing Company Records

The Yuba collection contains business files and documents pertaining to the activities of Wendall P. Hammon and the founding the Yuba Construction Company and Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields, including annual reports of both companies and reports of other mining companies....

Yuba River Diversion Project for Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields Report

The collection consists of a report from H.R. Edwards, Chief Engineer of Hammon Engineering Company to W.P. Hammon, managing director of the Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields. Included in the report are sections on railroad possibilities and an irrigation scheme. Appendices...