Shasta Historical society


Pandemic Information

The Shasta Historical Society is closed until further notice to the public and appointments at this time per State guidelines. Staff are working in office on a staggered basis and remotely. We are still available by phone and email to help with your research needs. Please continue to reach out to us with your questions and we will respond as quickly as possible. To speak with, or leave a message for, our Curator & Visitors Services manager, Jay Thompson, please call (530) 243-3720 or reach out by email Thank you for your patience and support during these unusual times.

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 advance notice. Our Curator & Visitors Services Manager and 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 research is available by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (530) 243-3720 or emailing the Curator & Visitor Services Manager at

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: Curator & Visitor Services Manager. 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 Curator & Visitor Services Manager free of charge.



Visits to the Society are free of charge. If our Curator & Visitor Services Manager 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 Curator & Visitor Services Manager that exceed 15 minutes there is a fee of $10 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 Mona Brown, Collections Manager, at (530) 243-3720 or email