Today I spent a cheerful afternoon among the stacks at Chico State’s Meriam Library. I love libraries, but I am especially fond of Meriam. I spent countless evenings there over many weeks when my firstborn was teeny-tiny. My husband would come home early a night or two a week so I could slip out for a few hours of research as I prepared to write a National Register of Historic Places application. I read 19th century newspapers on miles of microfilm, and was transported back in time to Chico of the 1880s. It was jarring, after an evening of reading articles written as current events, to step out of the library and back into the 20th century. Now that’s time travel!
My visit today took me past a set of rooms where I regularly attended meetings of the Association of Northern California Records and Research with Ted Meriam (for whom the library is named), and Dorothy Moorehead Hill (whose vast collection of California Native American documents and interviews have become an important resource for researchers). I miss them both, but their legacy lives on at Meriam Library. Thank you Ted. Thank you Dorothy.