The Hover Collection contains 48 images depicting early 1900s life along the Klamath River in Humboldt and Siskiyou counties,
California within the Karuk Indian homeland region. The images present activities of ceremonial significance as well as everyday
Native American life, plus portraits, landscapes, and basket collections.
Elsie Starritt Hover (1902-1972) taught in elementary schools in Humboldt County for thirty-two years. Throughout her career
she incorporated information about the Indians of northwest California into class programs and presentations. She used her
family's basket collection and photographs in these activities.
Mrs. Hover is a descendent of Karuk Indian families and of Euro-Americans who came to northwest California as gold miners.
As a young woman, Elsie Hover was befriended by Grace Nicholson. Ms. Nicholson financed Elsie's education at Humboldt State
University where she graduated in 1925.
More information about the Hover and Starritt families can be found in The Hover Collection of Karuk Baskets. Eureka, Ca.:
Clarke Memorial Museum; 1985. The Hover Basket Collection can be seen at the Clarke Historical Museum (formerly the Clarke
Memorial Museum) in Eureka, CA.
47 photographic prints, 1 digital print, 48 photographic negatives
Copyright has not been assigned to the Humboldt State University Library. To obtain permission to reproduce, please contact
the Special Collections Librarian.
Collection is open for research.