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Aerial Photographs Available at CPNWS

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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KVOS Julian Bond Images Appear in "The Mountaintop"

In May of 1967, the Western campus received a visit from Julian Bond, then 27 years of age and a prominent civil rights activist, anti-war spokesperson and elected State Senator in Georgia. Interviewed outside Old Main for local TV by Political Science Professor and Chair Manfred Vernon and Duayne Trecker of KVOS, Bond shared his views on issues including the war in Vietnam, poverty, race relations and the civil rights movement.

Visitors to Broadway can now see still images from this interview as part of a photo montage shown in the current production of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop.” Starring Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angela Bassett, this play presents a “re-imagining” of events on April 3, 1968, the evening prior to Dr. King’s assassination.

Footage from the Julian Bond interview and other 1960s KVOS films are archived at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, with several available online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections. Researchers interested in the civil rights era may also wish to view KVOS interviews with James Farmer, founder and leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, and the comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

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Student Newspaper Digital Collection

Western FrontSpecial Collections has passed the half-way mark in completing the digitization of the WWU student newspaper.  Western has had a student newspaper from 1899, the first year of the university.  From 1899 to 1950 is now available online in the WWU Student Newspaper Digital Collection. 

Lesley Lowery, who is helping to get the paper online, enjoys seeing the news stories from the past.  "It's a lot of fun to get into, to get a feeling for the stories behind the names on buildings on campus I see everyday."  Lesley has discovered that the student newspaper reported on different events long ago, "They had proms and dances every weekend, the social theme was much more important then."

Discover the past for yourself, browsing through the old issues of the student newspaper, and check back for more recent issues coming soon. 

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Check out the Tutoring and Writing Centers!

As part of the new Learning Commons in the Library, the Tutoring Center moved in to Wilson 2 North, WL 280, at the beginning of Fall Quarter and the Writing Center relocated to the area behind the Media Circulation Desk right across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels in Wilson Library.

Both are now open and ready to assist all students with their tutoring and writing needs.  

The Tutoring Center is open:

* Monday - Thursday: 9am-9pm

* Friday: 9am-5pm

* Sunday: 5pm - 9pm


The Writing Center is open:

* Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2

* Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8

Stop by to check out their new locations and to get some excellent assistance with your school work!

Also, be sure to take a look at the links below to learn more about the Learning Commons, the Writing Center and the Tutoring Center.

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New-look CPNWS Website!

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 cpnws@wwu.edu 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.

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Special Collections Selection: The First Folio of Shakespeare

Author: 
William Shakespeare
Publication Information: 
New York, W. W. Norton, 1968
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Special Collections Rare Book Collection Oversize
Call Number: 
PR2751 .A15 1968
September, 2011

ShakespeareThe Norton Facsimile

The First Folio of Shakespeare

Prepared by Charlton Hinman

This book seems very simple at first glance, photocopies of plays of Shakespeare, the original pages printed in 1623. 

However, the scholarly endeavor to put this book together included comparing 80 copies of the First Folio to find the clearest and most corrected pages available.

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Skagitonian Peace and Anti-Nuclear Records Archived at CPNWS

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.

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"No Reservations" for Historic KVOS Film Clip!

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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In Memorium: Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, 1925-2011

Western Libraries is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. James (Jim) Scott, Professor Emeritus of Western’s Department of Geography and a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

Dr. Scott joined the faculty at Western Washington State College in 1966, and as an historical geographer became a noted and prolific scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. His interdisciplinary interests and expertise were evidenced in his wide range of professional achievements. In addition to his teaching, research and writings, he was chair of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning (1974-1982), and in 1971 established the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies as a regional research institute and manuscript repository. Under Dr. Scott’s leadership, CPNWS grew to operate a successful series of academic publications and conferences, and archived a host of key historical collections that form the foundation of its present-day holdings.

Dr. Scott’s contributions to Western, the community and to regional scholarship were remarkable. He authored, co-wrote and edited a wide variety of publications, including Whatcom County in Maps, Early Industries of Bellingham Bay and Whatcom County (both with Daniel Turbeville III), an Historical Atlas of Washington (with Roland L. DeLorme) and the award-winning Washington: A Centennial Atlas. He served on the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, co-founded the Association of Washington Geographers, was active in the Pacific Coast Geographers’ Association, and was also a founding member of the Northwest Archivists Association. Following retirement in 1993, Dr. Scott and his wife Barta resided in Aberdeen for many years, and had recently returned to Whatcom County.

Dr. Jim Scott (right) pictured at Huxley Map Library, circa 1974-1977. Image courtesy Western Libraries Special Collections.

Dr. Jim Scott (right) pictured at Huxley Map Library, circa 1974-1977.

Image courtesy of Western Libraries Special Collections.

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