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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, circa 1934-1935.
Galen Biery Photograph #1557, CPNWS.
The 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.
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:
- Whatcom County Nuclear Freeze Records
- KVOS Channel 12 Films (digitized footage of anti-nuclear and anti-war protest in Bellingham)
- Gay and Lesbian Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection (materials re: the Puget Sound Women's Peace Camp in Kent, Washington).
- Jack Metcalf Congressional Papers
- Al Swift Congressional Papers
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.
1979 Poster from the Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Plant Records,
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
School days: Anne of Green Gables
In preparation for the Learning Commons coming this Fall 2011, the Library's collection of videos and cds has been moved to Wilson 2 East - right through the Daylight Lounge.
This new video location is spacious, bright and easy to find. Come check out some of your favorite titles and discover something new.
While you're there, be sure to swing through the Daylight Lounge to stop by the shelves that hold our "Popular DVDs" collection featuring many new films.
Starting Fall Quarter 2011, the former video location behind the Media Circulation Desk will be the new home of the Writing Center!
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.
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 of Western Libraries Special Collections.
The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America’s Deadliest Avalanche by Gary Krist.
This riveting book provides a wide-ranging historical perspective of the most tragic avalanche in our country’s history, and it took place in Western Washington’s Steven Pass during the late winter of 1910.
Students from a journalism class who are working for the Western Front visited Special Collections to ask questions and take photographs about the Western Front digitization project.
Sandy Celec is photographed at her workstation in Special Collections today.
The story may appear in the new student edition of the Western Front later this summer.