The Humboldt Area Peoples Archive was founded in early November 2016 by retired Humboldt State University archivist Edith Butler and artist Scott Holmquist, later joined by Southern Humboldt community leader Douglas Fir and geographer Dr. Dominic Corva. It became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in late 2017.

Our mission is to collect and conserve documents for public use related to activism and art for social justice, peace, and the environment, as well as of back-to-the-landers' and cannabis growers' lives in and around Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino, California counties.

In addition to preserving the records, we seek to promote wider knowledge of the recent past that built Northern California lives, arts, institutions and politics for greater equality, peace and the protection of our planet. For more on our reasons for establishing the archive, please scroll to the bottom of our FOCUS page.

We accept materials from organizations and individuals. We accept funding... >>CONTACT

Soft-lens snapshots courtesy of Edie's husband Don Butler.

Above, the first boxes in our first home. Loaded in by Edith Butler on December 6th, 2016, using the triple-wheel handtruck that you can see in the picture, donated by Douglas Fir.

Your history in good hands!

Just a block off the Arcata Plaza with room for document storage and archiving.