Remembering the Ridge: Camp Fire Oral History Collection is now Accessible

On November 8th, 2018, a wildfire was spotted beneath high tension power lines on Camp Creek Road, near a small town called Pulga in Butte County, California. In less than two hours the fire had entered the ridgetop town of Paradise overtaking the population of 26,000. Traffic jammed along Skyway, the only exit route from the ridge, as residents scrambled to flee. The Camp Fire, named for its point of origin, spread at an unbelievable rate consuming 18,000 acres within eight hours, devastating the town of Paradise and the communities of Concow and Magalia. The fire burned for seventeen days, causing 85 deaths, covering an area of 153,336 acres, and destroying over 19,000 structures. It is the deadliest wildfire in California history and was the deadliest fire of the past 100 years in the United States.

This collection is made up of interviews with Camp Fire evacuees and first responders, who have graciously shared their stories. 

Renaissanced exhibit features Rare Books from Meriam Library Special Collections and University Archives

At the Janet Turner Print Museum a collection of rare books selected from the Meriam Library Special Collections and University Archives are currently on exhibit.

Renaissanced was curated by History Professor Jason Nice and students in Renaissance Civilization: 1300-1550, students explore prints in the Turner Collection to analyze and complicate the enduring themes of the Renaissance.

Meriam Library celebrates Wildcat Welcome 2018 with a GLAMorous event

Put a little fun, art, science, history and culture in your life by visiting the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) of Chico State!

As part of this un-tour, Meriam Library Special Collections & University Archives, will be featuring treasures from the vault in the research room as visitors take themselves on a tour of GLAMs across campus.

VANISHED: A Chronicle of Loss and Discovery Across Half a Million Years

Meriam Library Special Collections (MLIB 305) is an exhibit location for:

VANISHED: A Chronicle of Loss and Discovery Across Half a Million Years

Byron Wolfe, Sheri Simons, Troy Jollimore, Heather Altfeld, Oliver Hutton, Dr. Rachel Teasdale

Come by and see the interactive display of Mount Tehama in Special Collections October 30-December 15 2017.