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Guide to Aerial Photograph Collection Available

Posted on: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:55am

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

Among the wealth of historic photographs available through Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources is the collection of over 30,000 aerial images archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Ranging in date from 1935-2001, these images were generated through numerous aerial surveys around the region, including the northwest counties and National Forest lands of Washington State. Formerly housed at Huxley Map Library, these valuable resources were transferred to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) in 2011.

Following extensive work by Eric Mastor to further organize and describe the collection, a detailed guide to available flight indices and accompanying sets of images can be accessed online. CPNWS staff welcome inquiries from the public about access and use of the collection, and recommend that interested researchers contact us for an advance appointment to view materials at the archives.  

Stereoscope used to view aerial flight images.

A stereoscope, as pictured above, provides a means to view overlapping, vertical images and obtain a magnified, 3D effect (useful for assessing the depth of terrain). Stereoscopes are available at CPNWS for use by researchers.

The majority of photographs in the collection result from aerial surveys conducted by US government agencies, including the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources. These include coverage of Whatcom County, the Mt. Baker National Forest and other National Forest and Parks lands in Washington. The collection also includes some coverage of other Washington counties and U.S. states. For example, a small group of images document survey work conducted for the Alaska-Canada Highway during the 1930s. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers interested in environmental history and change (including forestation, glaciation and waterways), and supports fields of inquiry relating to habit restoration, urban growth studies and property history. All are welcome to contact or visit CPNWS to find out more.

Visiting students use Map Collection

Posted on: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:15am

Topic(s): Updates

Visiting students use maps to
help learn about Salmon migration

Korean students visited the map collection as part of the University Experience program sponsored by Extended Ed. 40 students, and 2
student teachers from Woodring use
the collection to study various aspects
of salmon migration. The groups took
a tour of the area followed by a presentation on the various types of maps in the collection before breaking up into small groups to work on their assignments.

Library Survey Results

Posted on: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:20pm

Topic(s): Updates

Faculty & Student  Responses to the Western Library Survey Now Available

 During Winter and Spring Quarters 2012 Western Libraries surveyed the university’s faculty and students with regards to their use of library resources and services.  Of those surveyed 59% of tenure and tenure track faculty, and 21% (959) of students sent the survey link, responded.

Data summaries of the faculty survey and the student survey, as well as the executive summary document, can be found on the Library Assessment webpage under Western Libraries Local Survey Cycle.  Western Libraries is committed to ongoing assessment in support data driven decision making and maintaining the highest level of service to the university.

Frank Haulgren, Collection Services Manager & Assessment Coordinator

CPNWS has research fellowships

Posted on: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 2:02pm

Topic(s): Updates

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS)
is offering two research fellowship opportunities
for the 2012-2013 academic year

More information @ http://library.wwu.edu/internships_cpnws#fellowships.

Applicants do not have to be affiliated with Western. 

For more information, contact:
Ruth Steele, Archivist, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building, Western Washington University
Bellingham WA 98225-9123, Tel: 360 650 7747

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a Heritage Resources program of Western Libraries, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building. Regular Research Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12noon and 1pm-4.30pm

"Accessing Primary Sources through Western Libraries' Heritage Resources Programs" web tutorial now available online

Posted on: Monday, June 4, 2012 - 1:13pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

Do your studies at Western require you to conduct research? Does some of that research involve using primary sources? Did you know there are places right here at Western where you can find and work with original primary source documents?

Check out this online tutorial for locating and accessing unique, archival material on campus through Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs. You may also use these handy, subject-based research guides to find additional primary source material available at Western and beyond.

Heritage Resources programs include the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives and Records Center, who work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.


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