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Historic footage of fishing operations

Posted on: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 3:18pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

This 1958 film shows the use and impact of fish traps and set nets as part of commercial fishing operations in Clam Gulch, Alaska. The footage was captured originally on 16mm film by Rubin R. Tikka, and later donated to WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.


The history of fish, fishing and the use of commercial fish traps in the Pacific Northwest is surrounded by conflict and controversy. Use of fish traps or other "fixed appliances for catching salmon and other fish" was banned in Washington State in 1935 following voter passage of Initiative 77 the previous year. Fish traps were not outlawed in Alaska until Alaskan statehood (1959) - very shortly after this footage was captured.

Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs offer a wide range of archival and other resources about fish and fishing. These include materials documenting commercial fisheries, Native American fishing and treaty rights, and fly fishing. See this Research Guide or Contact CPNWS or Special Collections for additional information.

Library research a mystery? Try Research Connection!

Posted on: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:57pm

Topic(s): Resources

Research Connection Pilot Program

Does library research seem mysterious?
Are you new to doing academic library research?
Want help developing a research paper and finding sources of information?
Make the connection with a Research Assistant!

The Research Connection pilot initiative is all about connecting you to resources in the new Learning Commons in order to make you an effective researcher and writer.  

The program is designed to connect students who may not have much academic research experience with peers who do.  The Research Assistants are upper-division undergraduate students in the Libraries’ Research and Active Learning course who are available to help their peers identify, use, and evaluate information sources. 

Research Assistants demystify the research process by:

  • Helping you connect to relevant resources such as Reference librarians
    and the Writing Center.
  • Assisting you in learning how to use research tools such as the library catalog
    and article databases.
  • Acting as a sounding board for developing research ideas.
  • Providing guidance on how to use citations.

If you would like to be connected with a Research Assistant
contact Gabe Gossett ( or visit the program website for more details:

Newsletter from CPNWS

Posted on: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 9:43am

Topic(s): Newsletter, Updates

Read the latest about archival collections, web portals and other goings-on in the latest newsletter from CPNWS.

50 years of the WWU Student Newspaper now online!

Posted on: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 10:45am

Topic(s): Event - Library Sponsored, Resources

Western Libraries celebrate the digitization of the first 50 years of the Western Front.

The first 50 years of the WWU Student Newspaper is now online.  Phase One of the project is complete.   Phase Two begins, as we start to process the next fifty years of the Western Front. 


Check out the collection on the Digital Collections page, located under libraries & collections on the library home page. 

Aerial Photographs Available at CPNWS

Posted on: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 1:08pm

Topic(s): Updates

A collection of over 30,000 aerial photographs, formerly at Huxley Map Library, is now housed at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. The collection includes images from aerial surveys of significant portions of Washington State and beyond, including this state's Northwestern counties and National Forest lands.

Aerial photo taken during survey for the AL-CAN Highway, circa 1930s.

Image taken during aerial surveys for the AL-CAN Highway, circa 1930s.

The bulk of the images date around 1938-1990, and were captured during surveys for government agencies such the USDA Forest Service or Washington Department of Natural Resources.

The Collection of Aerial Photographs is open to the public, although we recommend that researchers contact CPNWS in advance about their area(s) of interest and/or to set up an appointment. While staff are working presently to further catalog the collection, a preliminary listing of holdings is available in this LibGuide to the Collection.


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