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Humboldt Area People’s Archive 
PO Box 632
Bayside, CA 95524, USA

Why support HAPA?

— Help Fund Humboldt Communities
By May 2020, grant writers working through Humboldt State University have raised over $6 million, ($3.8 million for Humboldt County and $2.25 million Mendocino). References in their applications include some found only on this website. Namely, the salvaged and restored Civil Liberties Monitoring Project website. Mid May we issued a press release with details that you can download – here.

 Relieve Local Institutions
We have been forced to rescue crucial local histories that would have been lost. Because of decades of crippling budget cuts, public institutions like Humboldt State University have been neither able, nor, at times, politically willing, to take on new collections despite the best efforts of dedicated staff archivists.

Similarly, private institutions like the Humboldt County Historical Society and Clarke Museum have been weakened by an era of public neglect. At the same time, our volunteer-dependent sister organizations have become overburdened with unsorted collections in their own areas of focus, which have tended to precede the 1960s.

Rescue Subculture Histories Otherwise Lost
Lasting controversy over sixties-related phenomena have frightened institutions from gathering materials that will disappear without our intervention. Even among counterculturalists passionate divisions remain on a range of themes from nudity and free love, to environmental regulations and the histories of pre-legalization marijuana and homesteading.

At no time since Euro-Americans expropriated the region’s Native American first-settlers has protecting the earth, and fostering a more just society and culture, been actively pursued by so many individuals, associations, and businesses. In large part, this is thanks to the political efforts of sixties-generation local Native American activists, hippies, environmentalists, dropouts, Leftists, LGBTQ people, and artists, whether homegrown or transplants to the region. All efforts dating back over nearly half a century. Yet, until we established this archive in 2016, there had been no conscious effort to preserve the documents that could reveal the nuts and bolts of politics and organization building, or art practices and private lives, that underlie this period. 

Preserve access for all
Our archive seeks and welcomes material from sixties-era individuals, organizations and businesses of any political or cultural activism for what its proponents believe is a better world – even where these oppose the left-liberal, environmentalist, and pro-labor politics of its founders.

Build Portable Monuments Against Ignorance
Because we believe histories cannot survive without a purpose, we intend for this archive to foster those values that lead us to enjoy greater equality and freedom in better harmony with the natural world.

To that end the contents of our archive are also becoming a kind of living monument — with index and documentation! — to the histories of achievement and failure that we need to preserve now more than ever.

Why now? Most urgently because the active memory of our recent past protects the advances we enjoy today against the depredations of future — and present! — ignorance. We cannot forget that if waterways and air are cleaner, forestlands better protected, and if we are more free now to wear our hair the way we please without police harassment, it is not because of blind progress but thanks to political struggle.

Counter the Fallacy of Memorial-by-Results
Many believe that if their activism saves an ancient forest, restores a river, or stops a war, the good examples left by those successes will be enough to convince others to carry on their cause. That Headwaters Forest, for instance, alone is all we need to communicate the value of saving old growth habitat.

History overflows with proof this strategy is doomed. The benefits of shared restraint in cutting forests or killing each other to settle disputes have only ever lasted when they are understood and commemorated the individuals and groups, or successors of groups, who achieved them. We need to remember why, how, where, and when exactly, we saved the forest, outlawed racial discrimination, protected the queer teenager, and obliged people to stop dumping poisons into waterways.

Monuments Now
In the Humboldt area, “The Fisherman” bronze, on Woodley Island, and Eureka’s Carson Mansion, are among the only monuments you find. The former, a tribute to dangerous labor, fits our focus. But should a lumber baron’s Victorian palace turned into a tourist attraction and exclusive dinner club be the most prominent monument to local history? Even if it was built to keep that lumber baron’s workers busy during a slump…?

Can you contribute to our archive?

Contact edith.butler [@]

Individuals, organizations, businesses, about which we have – or would seek to – collect materials:

Environmental Protection & Health

North Coast Environmental Center (EcoNews)
Spray Alert! (1970s – 80s campaign)
Redwoods Rural Health Center
Mattole Restoration Council
EPIC (Environmental Protection Information Center)
Sally Bell Grove (1980s campaign)
Institute for Sustainable Forestry
Forests Forever (1980s – 90s campaign)
Trees Foundation
Ancient Forest International
Redwood Summer (1990s campaign)
Humboldt Baykeeper
Friends of the Eel
Ecological Rights Foundation
Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation
Heart of the Redwoods Hospice (Garberville, CA)

Freedom, Peace & Equality

Southern Humboldt Working Together
Forest Lands and Products Cooperative
Beginnings – schools
Salmon Creek Community School
United Stand! – Humboldt County

Institute for Sustainable Forestry
ACORN Alliance
Civil Liberties Monitoring Project
Citizen Observation Group
Earth First! Humboldt County
North Coast Co-op – grocery store
Ruby Valley Co-op – food and sundries outside Redway, closed 1980s
Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project
Pacific Justice Center – activist law firm
Mel Pearlston – attorney and civil rights activist
Ron Sinoway – attorney and civil rights activist
Bonnie Blackberry – civil rights activist
ED Denson – civil rights activist, musician, attorney and radio programmer
Casa del Corazon – Redway foster home for girls founded by Sheila Hahn
Women in Shelter
Redwood AIDS Information Network
Paul Encimer – peace and advocate for the poor
Hospice of the Redwoods
Town Square – Garberville
Community Park – Garberville
Richard Salzman – law suit against Arcata panhandling ordinance
Mateel Community Credit Union – later Southern Humboldt CCU
Redwood Rural Health Center
Open Door Community Health Center
Humboldt Grassroots – Anarchist group

Logging and other labor history

Aid to poor history

Broadcast & Publication

Star Root – periodical, newspaper format
KERG – radio
Country Activist
North Star News
North Coast Journal
Gulch Mulch – community newsletter
KMUD – radio
Green Fuse – periodical, newspaper format
Access Humboldt TV – community access cable TV channel
Community Access TV – Arcata


Summer / Winter Arts Festival – Benbow
Fireman’s Hall / Mateel Community Center – Garberville / Redway
Beginnings School
Salmon Creek School
Whale Gulch School
Feet First Dancers
Jane Lapiner – choreographer
David Simpson – playwright
Sheila & Jesse – musicians
Jerry Martien – poet and teacher
Anna Banana – activist and musician
Backwoods Jazz Association – Garberville
Les Scher – musician, attorney and writer
Jazz on the Lake – Benbow
Rod Deal and the Ideals – musicians
Ink People – Eureka
Darryl Cherney – activist and musician
Human Nature – theater company
Pure Schmint Players – theater company – Jentri Anders page on Pure Schmint
Jentri Anders – anthropologist, author and Southern Humboldt archivist.
Joani Rose – actor, songwriter and director of Mateel Community Center-based Recycled Youth theater program
Al “Owl” Ceraulo – actor, director, playwright and screenwriter
Recycled Youth – annual Mateel CC theater program co-written with performers since 1997
Reggae on the River – music festival
Music for Little People – music production and distribution
Bembe Records – music production and distribution – Redway
David Peñalosa
Del Arte – theater company – Blue Lake
Synapsis– dance and performance center – Eureka
The Sanctuary – cultural center – Arcata


Whitethorn Truckstop
Evergreen Natural Foods
Stephens Glass / Dazeys Supply
Woodrose Cafe
Playtypus Press (Redway, CA)
Mateel Community Credit Union (later Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt, since 2019 Vocality)
Open Circle Trading Company
Blue Moon Gift Shop
Alternative Energy Engineering
Magic Communications (closed Miranda, CA)
Childs Play (closed Garberville, CA)
Orange Cat Goes to Market
Wild Iris Forest Products (closed Southern Humboldt, CA)
Chataqua Natural Foods
Murrish’s Grocery (became Shop Smart in which year?)
Garden of Beadin’
Music for Little People
Wild Horse Records (Garberville, CA)
Tiger Lilly Books (Closed Garberville, CA)
Second Growth Books
Pyramid Lanes (closed early 1980s Garberville, CA)
Los Bagels
Treats (closed Garberville, CA)
The Works (Larry Glass’s record shop)
Thanksgiving Coffee
Signature Coffee