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University Resident Life and Housing Collection


Collection Number


Contact Information

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

Processed by 

Special Collections Interns: Dane Coolidge and Griselda Valdez
Special Collections Librarian Carly Marino

Date Collection Processed




Collection Creator

Cal Poly Humboldt Campus and Residential Life

Dates Covered by Collection

1959-1990s (date span)
1970s-1980s (bulk dates)

Size of Collection

4 Boxes 


This collection contains information on student housing and residence life at Cal Poly Humboldt, also known as Humboldt State University. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and guides to student life. A majority of the scrapbook collection includes students' opinions on multiple aspects of living on campus, like housing, clubs, relationships, and changes to the school over time. The photo albums include images of on and off campus housing that the school was promoting for students. Many of the photos found in the folders capture campus housing as it was being built and the changing landscape of the university.  


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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 by Lynda Henderson on April 27, 2022. 

Scope and Content

This collection was found in a custodial storage area and donated to Special Collection in 2022. The collection consists of four boxes measuring approximately 16 linear inches. It contains 3 scrapbooks, 3 photo albums, multiple loose leaf clipping and photographs of the campus, housing and residence life pamphlets, and maps of Arcata. 

The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings from student run organizations that deal with things related to student life, like housing issues, current events, student protests, and clubs. The photo books contain images of on and off campus housing advertised to students at the time. These can be found in Boxes 1, 2, and 4. 

The looseleaf images depict the Humboldt campus while under construction. The housing pamphlets contain information about rules and regulations while living in dorms, student fees, basic information on how to live on your own in dorms, and anything else a student may need to be aware of regarding housing. These are all in folders in Box 3.

Container List

Box 1
  1. Residence Hall History Scrapbook

  2. Sunset Hall Historian Scrapbook

Box 2
  1. Lumberjack Student  Newspaper Clippings on Resident Life Scrapbook 

  2. Lumberjack Student Newspaper Clippings Scrapbook 

Box 3
  1. Photos and Slides, Jolly Giant Hill 

  2. Arcata Housing Photos Folder 

  3. Slide Pictures of Cyprus Slope 

  4. Cypress Hall Cracks (Film) 

  5. Maps of Arcata 

  6. Quarter/Semester Conversion: A Student Guide 

  7. Residence Hall Community Handbook 

  8. Residence Hall: Life and You 

  9. Food Service: Student Employee Handbook 

  10. Humboldt State University Campus Alcohol Abuse Program 

  11. Humboldt State University Department of Housing and Food Services  

  12. Humboldt State University Discussions Acquaintance Rate  

  13. Humboldt State University Residence Hall Housing Application 

Box 4
  1. On and Off Campus Housing Advertising Photo Album 

  2. On Campus Housing Advertising Photo Album

Related Works

Brisso, Paul A. A History of the Humboldt State University Residence Halls: Facilities and Philosophy. Arcata, Calif: N.p., 1975. Print.

Ever Hear About Humboldt State University? N.p., 2013. DVD.

The Lumberjack. Arcata, Calif: Associated Students of Humboldt State University, 1951. Print.

Tanner, William. A view from the hill: A history of Humboldt State University. Arcata, CA : Humboldt State University Press, 2017.

Subject Headings

College students -- Housing

Cal Poly Humboldt University -- Dormitories.