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New-look CPNWS Website!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 2:37pm

Topic(s): Updates

We welcome you to explore and enjoy the new-look website for the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies!

Our site has been updated to make it easier to navigate, and to match the look and feel of other program websites from Western Libraries. Researchers can still access and search the online catalog and guides to the 300+ archival collections housed at CPNWS, as well as our photo and map databases. Check out the links in the right-hand menu of the CPNWS home pages to find out more about CPNWS and its collections.

New features of this site include a link to online digital collections offered through Western Libraries, information for educators, and links to additional resources for researching local and regional history. We also hope you’ll enjoy reading featured news items about CPNWS activities and collections.

Your questions, comments and suggestions will be most welcome as we continue to build this site – please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 360 650 7747. CPNWS is a program of Western Libraries located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building in Bellingham, Washington.


 Deception Pass Bridge Under Construction. Biery Photographs 1557, CPNWS.  

Deception Pass Bridge under construction, circa 1934-1935.

Galen Biery Photograph #1557, CPNWS.

Skagitonian Peace and Anti-Nuclear Records Archived at CPNWS

Posted on: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 1:11pm

Topic(s): Updates

Interested in the history of regional peace movements or responses to nuclear power?

Newly-archived records of the group Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Plants (SCANP) document the 1970s grass-roots opposition to a proposal to build a nuclear power plant near Sedro-Woolley in Skagit County. After considerable controversy and debate, Skagit County voters rejected this proposal by ballot in 1979. This collection of SCANP records was donated recently to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies by former member Debbie Aldrich, and is a fine addition to campus-wide historical collections documenting regional peace and other types of community activism. The collection also includes archival materials from the group Skagit Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament, the Skagit Peace Education Fund, and papers and posters documenting the annual "Magic Skagit" music festival.

Visit this online guide or contact CPNWS to find out more about the records of SCANP and other community organizations in Whatcom and Skagit County, as well as other holdings about nuclear and energy issues. Some related collections at CPNWS include:

More primary sources about the proposed nuclear power plant can be located in "Nuclear Power Plant Rezone Files" among Skagit County Planning Department records at the Washington State Archives (NW Branch). Papers from SCANP founder Helen Day are archived at the University of Washington.

Poster for the 1979 "Magic Skagit" Festival.  

1979 Poster from the Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Plant Records,

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

"No Reservations" for Historic KVOS Film Clip!

Posted on: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 9:45am

Topic(s): Updates

Food and history buffs should keep an eye out for an upcoming episode of Anthony Bourdain’s "No Reservations” show on the Travel Channel. The new and upcoming “U.S. Desert” episode (expected to air Monday August 8th) will incorporate a clip from one of the historic KVOS films housed at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. The clip is drawn from Vancouver newsman Jack Webster’s 1964 interview with George Van Tassel, a California businessman who claimed to have been visited by aliens on flying saucers. During the interview, Van Tassel discussed his experiences, the formula for time travel taught to him by the visiting aliens, and his work on the Integratron time machine.

A complete listing of KVOS Channel 12 Films archived at CPNWS is available here – select films are available online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections.


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