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Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection

The rich visual heritage of northeastern California is documented in the over 30,000 images held in the Special Collections photograph collection, many dating from the nineteenth century and representing a wide variety of early photographic processes. This extensive collection is a result of gifts and loans from individuals, historical …

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Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection

John Nopel Photograph Collection

The John Nopel Collection is comprised of hundreds of images of Chico and Butte County, residents, landscapes, and industries.  A lifelong Chico resident, teacher, and historian, John Nopel (1915-2006) collected these unique photographs over many decades and he did so with a passion to create a visual heritage of his hometown. The …

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John Nopel Photograph Collection

Dorothy M. Hill Collection

Dorothy Morehead Hill and her associate Robert Rathbun began a series of professional collaborations interviewing a group of Native American Elders and documenting the culture, language and life of Northeastern California's Native American tribes and families in the early 1960s. They proceeded, both separately and together, for the …

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Dorothy M. Hill Collection

Butte County Directories Collection

City directories contain alphabetical lists of business firms, corporations and private citizens, as well as numerical street guides, and often miscellaneous directories of city, county, state and United States officers, churches, clubs, colleges and schools, labor organizations, secret and benevolent societies, etc. They are invaluable …

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Butte County Directories Collection

Fire Insurance Map Collection

Fire Insurance maps are rich in historical information. Originally drawn to assess fire insurance liabilities for any property within city limits, these maps are more frequently used in preservation and restoration efforts. The maps are hand-drawn lithographs, usually include an index of streets and addresses, which show street names, …

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Fire Insurance Map Collection

About the collections



The Meriam Library Special Collections Department is a unique regional resource of written and pictorial materials, maps, photographs, oral histories, and public documents, that are collected to serve the research and information needs of the north state.Through our collections we seek to document the historical and contemporary developments of the University, the City of Chico, Butte County, and the larger 12 county region of northeastern California.

These collections are works in progress.

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