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Joan Berman

Librarian Emerita

Joan Berman behind desk in library Special Collections

Selected Publications

-Berman, Joan. Annual Reports for Special Collections 1997-2014
-Berman, Joan. Ethnography and Folklore of the Indians of Northwestern California: A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography. Salinas, CA: Coyote Press, 1986. (E 78 C15 B47)
-Berman, Joan. Native American Children's Literature in the Classroom: An Annotated Bibliography. October 1998; last revised December 2009
-Davis, Mary. Native America in the Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 1994. Assistant editor for California and Alaska articles. (E 76.2 N36 1994)


I have been a Reference Librarian at Humboldt State since 1972, retiring July 1, 2014. My undergraduate degree is from Swarthmore College (Russian language and literature, 1965) and my master's degrees are from the University of California at Berkeley (Library Science, 1967, and Folklore, 1986). Prior to coming to Humboldt, I was a Children's Librarian at the Contra Costa County Library and a Reference Librarian at UC Berkeley, Doe Library.

From 1997-2014 I served as Special Collections Librarian, responsible for the Library's Humboldt County Collection and Archives. My interest in local history has included participation for a number of years in local water and planning issues and as a member of the Redwood Alliance for Culture and History (REACH), 2001-2006 (organization currently inactive). Most recently I served on the Board of the Trinidad Museum Society, 2007-2018.

Joan Berman in a rowboat