Peoples Archive helps win $6 million in grants

CAMP officer photographed by Garberville-based Citizens Observation Group volunteer in 1985 Southern Humboldt raid, image part of the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project collection at HAPA

Humboldt Area Peoples Archive (HAPA)

Fifty years of officially shunned archival treasures helped win $6 million in grants for Humboldt and Mendocino counties.(1)

Humboldt Area Peoples Archive (HAPA) was founded in 2016 by retired HSU archivist Edith Butler, artist Scott Holmquist and Southern Humboldt community leader, Douglas Fir, to rescue the region’s orphaned records and histories.

Some grant money from the State Economic Development Fund have been earmarked, “…To help tell the story of the impacts of cannabis criminalization,” according to one grant writer Dominic Corva,(2) who joined the HAPA board 2017.

HAPA is addressing official neglect of this story.

"The region has changed radically since the 1970s. A new history was made here by people and groups whose records found no home with traditional keepers of local archives. In part this has been because of budget cutting. But we have to admit, there has long been political resistance in traditional institutions to difficult subjects like marijuana growing, and more radical forms of environmental activism,” said Edith Butler.

“HAPA’s restoration of the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project’s website provided useful and otherwise unavailable references that have supported our applications to the state,” said Dr. Dominic Corva, who is also co-director of HSU’s Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research and executive Director of the Cannabis and Social Policy Center.

In Humboldt, outlaw growers and midwives, naked flower children, co-op food organizers, forest defenders and tree huggers, herbicide protesters and Sumerians ave made history. They modeled and nurtured revolutions in everything from grocery store design to health care access, theater and public art to trash recycling. Ultimately they even changed the way we treat our human waste.

To archive, is to preserve history’s primary sources. HAPA can use help finding more of the photos, journals, stories and strategies of the 60s generation – for and against – that are fading, endangered by neglect, fire, floods, time and the furious curiosity of grandchildren. HAPA is focused on contributions of the people that evolved in Humboldt who have been described as counter culture.

976 Salmon Creek (Southern Humboldt) wedding. Lyn Fox collection at HAPA.

“This pandemic may be a really good time for people who have been involved in making our history to sort their boxes of photos and other records and contact us,” said co-founder Edith Butler. “Once pandemic health restrictions are lifted, Bug Press has agreed to receive documents, photos and other materials at their Arcata office. But please always tell us what you have, first!”

For archive donations contact:
Edith Butler – HSU archivist emeritus
[email protected]

707 443 3289
Bug Press – 1461 M St. Arcata – CA 9552
Pandemic open hours now only by appointment

Humboldt Area Peoples Archive
PO Box 632

Bayside CA 95524
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