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Alternative Waste Disposal Collection - Finding Aid

Collection Number


Contact Information

The University Library, Special Collections
Cal Poly Humboldt
One Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521

Processed By

Grace Rotwein and Christopher Bunce

Date Collection Processed



English and Norwegian

Collection Creator

Margaret Herbelin

Dates Covered by Collection

1968-1980 (date span)
1975-1979 (bulk dates)

Size of Collection

.5 linear feet


This collection contains documents regarding alternative waste water disposal in the Northern California area, specifically within Humboldt County, and focuses on the issues and research concerning the topic of dry toilet use.


Open for research by appointment.


Copyright has not been assigned to Cal Poly Humboldt. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce in any format please contact the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Donated 13 November 1997 by Margaret Herbelin.

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection contains information regarding alternative waste water disposal in Northern California, specifically within Humboldt County, and focuses on the issues and research concerning the topic of dry toilet use. The collection contains a variety of documents such as: public records, private and public correspondence, legal documents, journal articles and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized by format and content.

Container List

Box 1

  1. Records of Public Meetings and Announcements [1975-1979]
  2. Legal Documents: Ordinances, Legal Proceeding, Codes [1964-1979]
  3. Health Department Publications [1974-1979]
  4. Site Requirements, Surveys, and Questionnaires [1978-1979]
  5. Official Reports [1972-1979]
  6. Correspondence - Letters [1975-1979]
  7. Correspondence - Memos [1975-1979]
  8. Correspondence - Hand Written Notes [1975-1979]
  9. Journal Articles and Excerpts [1972-1979]
  10. Research - Clippings from Books [1970-1979]
  11. Newspaper clippings [1974-1978]
  12. Pamphlets and Publicity [1975-1977]
  13. Clivus Multrum [1973-1979]
  14. Instruction Manuals, Maintenance Guides, Advertisements [1970-1979]
  15. Norwegian Language Documents [1975-1977]
  16. Miscellaneous [1975-1978]

Biography and Related Works

Bhamidimarri, Rao. Alternative waste treatment systems. London; New York : Elsevier Applied Science, [1988]

Brown, Dona. Back to the land: the enduring dream of self-sufficiency in modern America. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, [2011]

Holden, Tim. How to select hazardous waste treatment technologies for soils and sludges: alternative, innovative, and emerging technologies. Park Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.: Noyes Data Corp., [1989]

Jacob, Jeffrey. New pioneers: the back-to-the-land movement and the search for a sustainable future. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, [1997]

Rupp, Gretchen L. Engineering review of alternative onsite wastewater treatment. Bozeman, Mont.: Montana University System Water Resources Center, 1996.

Taranto, Dan. Table of Contents for Chronology.
Call Number: HumCo HD 7303.C2 U55 2012.

Taranto, Dan. United Stand of Humboldt: Historical Compendium of Documentary Artifacts of an Association of Home Owner-Builders of the Humboldt County Back to the Land Movement.
Call Number: HumCo HD 7303.C2 U552 2012.

Subject Headings

House construction--California--Humboldt County
Housing--Law and legislation--California
Housing, Rural--California--Humboldt County
Self-reliant living--California--Humboldt County
Sewage disposal in the ground--California
Waste disposal in the ground--California