We welcome campus and community members to discover and enjoy the rich "women's history" collections and archival resources available at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and Western.
A present display in Haggard Hall features images selected from records of the myriad women's organizations archived at CPNWS. Contact CPNWS or browse our website to find out more about records of groups including the Monday and Aftermath Clubs, AAUW (Washington), the YWCA of Bellingham and the Bellingham Woman's Music Club. CPNWS also houses collections including oral histories and personal papers from women including Ella Higginson, Jane Hovde, June Burn and Lois Garlick.
Additional materials relating to the history of women on Western's campus can be accessed through Western Libraries Special Collections and the WWU Archives and Records Center.
Researchers are also encouraged to explore three Digital Collections focusing on the experiences and achievements of women: these are the Washington Women’s History Consortium Oral Histories and Image Collections (digitized from CPNWS holdings), and the Western Women in Sport Collection (featuring images from Special Collections). All three collections were developed through partnership with and funding from the Washington Women's History Consortium.
Marian Alexander and friends from Special Collections got together for a farewell lunch in her honor.
From left to right are Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, Marian Alexander, Professor Emeritus, her husband David, Rick Osen, Assistant Dean for Collections & Technology, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian.
Marian is retiring from her position as Head of Special Collections, which under her leadership has moved into a modern facility and increased the number and size of the collections significantly.
Children's Literature for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher (ENG 441) students visited Special Collections recently with their instructor, Sylvia Tag.
Tamara Belts and Peter Smith welcomed the class into the Research Room and presented information about the collections, including the Helene Whitson Collection of pop-up books, the Special Collections Children's Collection, original manuscripts by Steve Raymond from the Fly Fishing Collection, and photographs from the Campus School Collection.
After looking at items on the Research Room tables, students walked through the Storage Area and the Work Area. Lesley Lowery talked with students about the Western Student Newspaper digitization project, showing the brown, brittle pages of the original newsprint.
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Use Western Libraries new Site Search to locate specific information about the library, our services, & specialized research guides found on the Libraries Web Pages.
March madness is upon us. Currently the WWU Vikings are working their way through the post-season conference title competition, hoping to host the women's regional championships and more. With that in mind what a great time to read, My Impossible Dream, by WWU Men's Coach of the Century (1900-1999), Chuck Randall.
Becomes a 21st Century Reality!!
You Asked, we Listened!
The long anticipated south campus book drop is now in place outside of the Campus Services building on 22nd & Bill McDonald Parkway.
With daily pick-up, no need to worry about your books being overdue!
You can also use it to drop off Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom Libraries books as part of the Whatcom One-Card Program.
As part of the “14 Days to Have Your Say” project, students expressed interest in having south campus book returns options. The Arntzen book drop was set up almost immediately & has grown into a popular option for returning materials. At that time we also wanted to find a location that offered more of a drive-up option. It took us a while, but the South Campus Book Return Drop Box is now in place!
Wines, Water Rights, Coulees and Cultures: The Winemaker's Daughter by Timothy Egan
Members of the North Cascades Audubon Society visited Special Collections January 22, to see reproductions of John James Audubon's Birds of America illustrations.
"The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for the Birds of America, Reproduced in Color for the First Time from the Collection at the New York Historical Society," is the full title of the set, published in 1966. It is a collector's edition, one of 750 copies.
The book and print collection is the gift of Joe and Roberta Eblen in honor of their daughter, Anna Eblen, who is chair of the Communications department at Western.
A new list of titles added to the Fly Fishing Collection from July to December 2010 is now available. All books added to the Fly Fishing Collection are donations from our friendly fly fishers in the Northwest.
The Purpose of the Fly Fishing Collection at Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide access to diverse materials supporting study of the sport of fly fishing.
The collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and video personal interviews and histories, and fly fishing artifacts such as rods, reels, flies, and fly tying materials.