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Northwestern California Newspapers: A Bibliography

Compiled by Joan Berman, 10-22-02; revised 8-26-04
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Bledsoe, A. J. 1881. History Del Norte County, California, with a Business Directory and Traveler's Guide. Eureka: Humboldt Times Print, Wyman & Co., Publishers.

California State Library Foundation. 1985. Newspapers in CaliforniaCarey, Arthur C. 1974. "Effects of the Pony Express and the Transcontinental Telegraph Upon Selected California Newspapers." Journalism Quarterly 51:320-323.

Carranco, Lynwood. 1976. "Andrew Genzoli - Journalist, Historian." Humboldt Historian May-June:24. This article served as the basis for the obituary which appeared in Humboldt Historian March-April 1984:12-13.

Coy, Owen. 1929. The Humboldt Bay Region, 1850-1875. Los Angeles, California State Historical Association.

Edeline, Denis. 1987. Ferndale...The Village 1875-1893. Eureka Printing Co., Inc.

Elliott, W.W. and Co. 1881 History of Humboldt County, pp. 215-218.

Fountain, Susie Baker. 1967. Susie Baker Fountain Papers. Arcata, Humboldt State College Library, xeroxed from original notebooks. Volume 38:1-80 covers the history of newspapers, and includes several newspaper articles by Andy Genzoli, from 1934, 1937 and 1951 giving a chronology of newspapers.

Genzoli, Andrew. 1934. "County Press Has Vivid History." Humboldt Standard April 5, in Susie Baker Fountain Papers, vol. 38:5.

Genzoli, Andrew M. 1954. "Humboldt Times Publishers Had Major Part in Development of Area." Humboldt Standard February 8.

Gourley, Gail. 1999. "El Heraldo: Building A Bridge." North Coast Journal December 16. (

Hughes, Ralph. 1997. Tales of Del Norte County. Crescent City Publishing, Inc.

"Humboldt County Newspaper Enterprises". 1890. History and Business Directory of Humboldt County, 175-181. Marvelous chronology of births, marriages and deaths of newspapers, 1854-1890.

Jewett, W.H. 1965. "Memories of Old Humboldt." Humboldt Historian no. 5:7. Tells the story of Eureka Printing Co.

Kemble, Edward C. 1962. A History of California Newspapers 1846-1858, Reprinted From the Supplement to the Sacramento Union of December 25, 1858. Edited and with a Foreword by Helen Harding Bretnor, The Talisman Press, Los Gatos, California.

Kennedy, Mike. 1972. "Larnin' Kritisized." Pacifica July:18-22. Describes an editorial duel "in 1859 between the junior editor of the Northern Californian and the editor of the Weekly Humboldt Times."

McBeth, Frances T. "Cultural Diggings at Crescent City in the 'Fifties As Reported in the Local Press." California Historical Society Quarterly 32:161-170.

McClary, Maclyn H. 1972. "When Humboldt Had the Double Standard." Pacifica May:11-14. Check out MF170 for scattered issues of 27 newspapers from 1886-1905, "Microfilmed through the courtesy of Nancy Prater Barnes in memory of her father Barney Prater, 1901-1962. He lived in Humboldt County 1923, 1945-1962." Read the Full Text

Martin, Wallace. 1976. "Steamer Day Was Mail Day." Humboldt Historian May-June:34.

Melendy, Howard B. 1960. "Orleans Bar - 1860s." California Historical Society Quarterly 39:53-59. Later reprinted in Humboldt Historical Society Newsletter, no. 6:14 and Blue Lake Advocate in February 1963.

Melendy, Howard B. 1960. "David Everett Gordon." Humboldt County Historical Society Newsletter March, 14. SBF notes in her September 5, 1957 column, introducing a reprinted article by DEG notes: "There are more articles scattered through the pages of The West Coast Signal and the Blue Lake Advocate by David P. Gordon than by any other writer in all the publications of the county. He loved to dwell on the incidents of the past, concerning which he was well informed, and he is usually accurate. So whatever he wrote bears repeating, as his articles increase in value with the passing years."

Miller, Florence. 1976. "Weekly Newspapers Closely Followed Westward Settlers." Humboldt Historian May-June:26-27. Details the history of the Eel River Valley Advance.

Miller, Frances. 1976. "The Redwood Record's History Spans 39 Years." The Trail Back: a commemorative issue published by and as a supplement to the Redwood Record, section B, p. 1.

"Newsmen Were Trail Blazers of Early Del Norte Civilization." 1976. Del Norte Triplicate Bicentennial Edition, p. 16.

Parker, J. Carlyle. 1960. An Annotated Bibliography of the History of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. Arcata, Humboldt State College Library. (Copies available free by request: 707-826-4939)

Parry, M. A. 1963. The History of Loleta. M.A. thesis, Arcata, Humboldt State College, pp. 178-182. Parry also wrote "The Loleta Record"in Humboldt County Historical Society Newsletter September 1962:4.

Ringwald, George. 1999. "Ferndale's Dan Rather." North Coast Journal July 29:9-12. Interview with Carolyn Titus, editor/publisher and co-owner of the Ferndale Enterprise.

Saul, Barbara Canepa. 1996. "Fountains of Memory." Humboldt Historian Fall:4-10.

Speegle, Will N. [1938-45?] "Scattering Remarks of Interest - Past and Present: Dailies and Weeklies." Humboldt Times.

Speegle, Will N. 1938. "Scattering Remarks of Interest - Past and Present: The Ever Changing World." Humboldt Times November 9, 1938.

Strope, Charles. 1977. "Times Printing Company." Humboldt Historian. Summer:26-33. From the Author's Note: "The history of the Times Printing Company is very closely tied to the history of the Humboldt Times newspaper."

Turner, Dennis W. 1993. Place Names of Humboldt County. Orangevale, Calif., D.W. Turner.

Union Centennial: The Story of the Century. 1986. Arcata, The Union. The newspaper itself is featured in many of the articles.

Van Kirk, Susie. 2004. Andrew Genzoli: Chronology of Andy's Newspaper Work. Arcata.

Van Kirk, Susie. 2004. Fountain Family and Chronology of Susie's Newspaper Work. Arcata.

Walker, Franklin. 1939. San Francisco's Literary Frontier. Knopf, New York.

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