Humboldt State University

Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum

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Early North Coast Scientific Instruments

c. 1850 – c. 1950

Richard Paselk, Curator

Scientific instruments encompass a wide variety of devices and artifacts intended to enhance our abilities to measure and observe phenomena. The instruments in this exhibit have aesthetic appeal and stories to tell. A personal selection from local collections, they hint at the diverse use of scientific instruments supporting the North Coast during the late 19th and early 20th century. Wherever possible some history of the particular artifact as well as a brief description of typical usage is provided.

Click on an object on the image map below to learn more about it.

Alternatively, the objects are accessed below by theme (shelf) from top to bottom and left to right:

Left Side

    Calculations for Commerce and Shipping

    Shipping Products to Markets

    Laboratory Instruments for Health and Industry

Right Side

    Microscopes for Health and Medicine

    Instruments for Personal Observations & Curiosity

    Scales for Apothecaries and Assayers

    Measuring the Land and its Wealth

Case image with hotspots for objects Laboratory Instruments for Health and Industry icon Calculations for Commerce and Shipping icon Microscopes for Health and Medicine icon Shipping Products to Markets icon Scales for Apothecaries and Assayer icon Measuring the Land and its Wealth icon Instruments for Personal Observations & Curiosity icon

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HSTC (1921-34)
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HSC (1935-1953)
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HSC (1954-1973)

 

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Last modified 25 March 2012