Welcome to the Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum. The Museum's collection consists primarily of scientific instruments and apparatus used at Humboldt State University, beginning around 1925. This web-site is intended to serve both as a stand-alone on-line museum, and as an information resource for physical displays.
Humboldt first opened to students in 1914 as Humboldt Normal School, a two year college for training teachers. It was later renamed Humboldt State Teachers College, then Humboldt State College, and today, Humboldt State University. Beginning in the 1920's laboratory science became a part of the instruction at Humboldt. Initially these classes were designed as part of Humboldt's junior college function - preparing students to transfer to the University of California at Berkeley. From this humble beginning Humboldt gradually evolved to a University where excellence in science instruction is fundamental to its international reputation in Natural Resources and Sciences.
If you have additional information regarding the instruments you think I could/should include please share that information. I am particularly interested in additional contemporary catalog illustrations for the instruments missing that information. I am also interested in contemporary sources for the use of these instruments in teaching etc. I may be contacted by e-mail (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org; mail: Richard Paselk, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt State University, CA 95521; or telephone: (707) 826-5719