Shasta Historical society


Important Information

The Shasta Historical Society is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Due to a staffing shortage, we strongly encourage calling ahead two weeks in advance for research requests at this time. That will allow our staff time to find materials related to your request ahead of time so that we may best serve you.                                                                                                                              Face masks are strongly encouraged per State guidelines as we continue efforts to protect our collections and staff. To set up an appointment please call (530) 243-3720 or reach out by email to Face masks and gloves are required when handling library and archival materials. Thank you for your patience and support.

Have a question about local history? Doing research on family genealogy? Our Library and Archives may be where you will find answers. Explore maps, photographs, yearbooks, reference books, telephone directories and more in your quest for answers.

What We Have In Our Collection

The SHS Library and Archives hold historical materials related to Shasta County as well as reference materials for Northern California and the State of California. Our Library is a non-lending library where you will find materials such as reference books, yearbooks, telephone books and more available for your research. Access is to our archive materials is available by a minimum two week advance notice. Our  Collections Manager will look through our archival collection to see what we have that fits into your request. Materials will be pulled by staff and made available to you. Some restrictions do apply. Archival materials include maps, business records, personal correspondence, oral histories, newspapers and more.

On-Site Research

On-site library research is available by appointment. Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance and can be made by calling (530) 243-3720 or emailing On-site collections research is available by appointment. Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance and can be made by calling 530-243-3720 or emailing

How To Make A Research Request

If you are unable to visit us in person, a written request may be made via email at or by regular mail 1449 Market St., Redding, CA 96001 Attention: Visitor Services. Research requests are normally answered within two to three weeks but may vary depending upon the request.



Members may visit our library and request assistance from our staff free of charge.


Visits to the Society are free of charge. If our staff is able to answer your question(s) in less than 15 minutes the assistance is free of charge. For use of our library and assistance from our  staff that exceed 15 minutes there is a fee of $15 per hour.


All donations are welcome for consideration as long as they meet out collecting criteria. Please see our How To Donate page for more information.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (530) 243-3720 or email