Spring 2012


Library Partners with Yale to Digitize Local Historian’s Photographs

Peter Palmquiest taken by Tom Knight, 1987

View Palmquist Slideshow

HUNDREDS OF MID-20TH century photographs collected by the late university photographer Peter Palmquist (‘65, Art) will soon be available online for students, researchers and historians, thanks to a partnership between the HSU Library and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The 700 images were taken by various Humboldt County photographers and document life in Northern California during the mid-1900s.

The photos are part of the Beinecke’s Peter E. Palmquist Collection, an archive of hundreds of thousands of photographs, manuscripts, books and daguerreotypes that Palmquist collected between 1971 and 2001. Palmquist died in 2003.

Considered Humboldt County’s most prolific researcher of historic photography, Palmquist’s research interests included Humboldt County and Native American history; women in photography; the American West; photographic history and techniques.

He also amassed the largest collection of images by A.W. Ericson, a regional photographer who documented Native American culture and the Humboldt County logging, fishing, and shipbuilding industries between 1880 and 1930.

The photos will be scanned by the Beinecke and housed on the library’s website later this year. “This is a great partnership that meets the HSU Library’s mission of increasing access to resources, while supporting scholarship worldwide,” says Library Dean Teresa Grenot.

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For more information on the collection, visit library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/palmquist.htm