The Historical Resources Survey 2012 Collection was donated by the Historical Sites Society of Arcata (HSSA). The City of
Arcata contracted with Suzanne Guerra, Guerra & McBane LLC, to conduct the cultural resources survey, produce a historical
context for Arcata, an architectural style guide, and training materials to assist staff and volunteers in recording historic
buildings and structures. The study would focus on the East Arcata-Bay View neighborhood with a preliminary assessment of
the planned community of Sunny Brae. The HSSA provided access to their major collection of photographs, additional research
materials on historic properties and local architecture, volunteers, database software and iPad computer hardware. Additional
research was conducted in Special Collections, Humboldt State University Library, the Humboldt County Historical Society and
the Humboldt County Library, and in personal collections when appropriate.
The final documents include the historical resources survey records on East Arcata, and preliminary contextual themes for
the planned community of Sunny Brae, as well as the final project report containing a historic context for the City of Arcata
and major themes; training materials; an architectural style guide on local building styles and forms, and reference materials
on historical resources published by the National Register and the State Office of Historic Preservation. Research notes
and an extensive set of photographs and digitized slides are also included.
All of the records and reports were submitted to the City of Arcata as drafts at the end of the project and final documents
may have been altered, edited, or amended by the City for its own use. Original records at the City of Arcata may be available
upon request from the Building and Planning Department, Planning Division.