The constellation Orion which is in the night sky in February, a detail from an engraving that is a map of the heavens. The entire map is 17" high and 14" wide, one of 10 pages that have become brown and fragile with age (158 years old).
The Winter 2012 issue of Easy Access, the quarterly publication of Northwest Archivists is now available! Lots of great news from around the region.
The new Library 3 Things Winter 2012 Newsletter is now online. Features include:
Something New: QR Codes Help You Browse the Daylight Lounge
This Issue's Great Tip: Keeping Up 101: An easy way to track our new arrivals
Did You Know? Be Inspired @ CLIC Conference February 25th
Forty five years ago, on Feb. 4, 1967, famed LSD advocate Timothy Leary (1920-1996) came to town for a "Forum on LSD," sponsored by the Social Issues Committee of the student body of Western Washington State College.
As part of the green energy fee initiative, a pilot project to compost paper towels used in the first and second floors of Haggard Hall begins Winter Qtr. 2012!
Composting will significantly decrease the amount of waste that this campus sends to landfills. The focus is on compost because according to the AS Recycle Center, 72% of Western’s waste is already recycled and the majority of the remaining portion is compostable.
A major expense for the university is the purchasing and disposal of paper towels. An essential part of this compost program is educating the general public about compost and waste reduction on campus.
By increasing informational signs around composting and trash bins, students will be better apt to sort their waste & further decrease the amount of waste sent to the landfill. The main goal of this project is to reduce overall use and waste of resources, namely paper towels.
The measurable objectives will be to increase composting options on campus through composting paper towels in bathrooms and increasing educational signage pertaining to composting on campus. Additionally, a blog online will provide interested students and faculty with statistics, information, videos, and updated results as the project moves along. This blog can be found at www.papertowelcompost.wordpress.com.
Digital content from the papers of M. L. (Marc La Riviere) Stangroom is now available online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections. Born in England in 1832, Stangroom travelled to America as a young man, where he engaged in railroad surveying work and mining speculation in California and the Sierra Nevadas. In 1888, at the request of railroad magnate Pierre Cornwall, Stangroom moved to Bellingham, Washington to assist in building the Bellingham Bay and British Columbia railway.
The new online collection includes digital copies and transcripts of correspondence from Stangroom to family members about his travels and experiences from 1855 through 1873. These handwritten letters provide extensive and fascinating detail of his early life and career, and vivid descriptions of western landscapes including California redwood forests and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Stangroom documents gold prospecting efforts, life in the mining town of Michigan Bluff (Placer County, California), and interactions between white settlers and the Native American population. A June 1858 letter describes how Californians are driven “stark raving mad” by the lure of gold in British Columbia, with hundreds of men leaving daily for the Fraser River. Stangroom’s letters also reveal aspects of his personal and family life, including his courtship and marriage.
Illustrated portion of a December 2, 1855 letter by M.L. Stangroom.
The online collection includes full-text, searchable transcripts of all letters, a 16 page reminiscence by Stangroom about his life (also transcribed), and a fifteen-page report about the construction of the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad. Completed in 1891, the BB&BC Railroad provided a rail connection from Bellingham to Sumas and the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway.
The original and larger collection of Stangroom papers is archived and available at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest (CPNWS). A complete guide to the collection is available online.
Additional CPNWS holdings on the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad include corporate records of the Bellingham Bay Improvement Company. Related images are available in the Bruce Cheever Railroad Photograph Collection and through the online CPNWS Photo Database.
"Tis the season of many holidays and celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's and probably more. My own tradition includes an annual reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
Last week the Children's & Young Adult Book Sale happened in Special Collections. The book sale raises funds for the Children's Literature Conference, an annual event at Western.
The books are all new, fiction and non-fiction, including science, biographies, chapter books, easy readers, and books for both young people and adults or cross-over books. The sale is always popular, and many people came to buy during the two day sale.
Students in ENG 441, Children's Literature for Elementary and Middle School, were involved in setup and organization of the book sale, and selected over 170 books to donate to a local Foster Parent/Caregiver Holiday Event.
Sylvia Tag, book sale coordinator and ENG 441 instructor, with Kathryn Boyd, Extended Education, take a moment during the sale to smile for the camera.
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.